New Directions for Special Collections is here!

Well, November 30th. Technically.


Batgirl and Belle agree that New Directions for Special Collections belongs in your library.

This project began in 2014. My contributor copies arrived this past week. New Directions for Special Collections is officially on sale November 30th, but I’m pretty sure you can order it right now direct from Libraries Unlimited.

What’s in it? So much that it got its own blog post. 21 chapters that showcase the way we work now, written by front-line practitioners in special collections and archives.

Collection development. Linked Data. RDA. Metadata. Ferguson. Rethinking outreach, education, and the reading room. Understanding life with volunteers. Working with donors. Assessment. Preservation. Copyright. Open access. And much, much more.

We tried to take a snapshot of the field. We hope we got enough into the frame.

I want to thank each and every person who submitted an abstract for a chapter, and all of our chapter writers. We could not have done this without you.

Thank you for being bold and forthright in discussing where our field is right now, and where it is going.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with your peers, and future students.

Beth and I are both truly grateful for your insights, and your work in the field. Be very, very proud of your contributions. We certainly are.

Order your copy! ABC-CLIO Amazon Indiebound



About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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