May 26, 2022

New Article/Case Study: “Partners in Discovery: Collaboration in Special Collections”

The following article/case study appears in the latest issue of Archival Practice (peer-reviewed, OA) published by the UNC-Greensboro University Libraries.


Partners in Discovery: Collaboration in Special Collections


Lori Birrell
University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries

Marcy Strong
University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries


Archival Practice (Vol 1, No 2)


As the focus in academic libraries shifts towards highlighting special collections, library staff have an opportunity to work together in new ways and to contribute their skills to projects that aim to highlight a university’s unique resources. This article examines a project between catalogers, reference subject specialists and special collections librarians, who worked together to process manuscript collections. We hope that our project serves as a model, not only for processing archival collections, but more importantly, as a sustainable approach to collaboratively meeting the challenges of working in a 21st century library.

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