January 17, 2022

New Full Text Article: “Modern Special Collections: Embracing the Future While Taking Care of the Past”

The following full text research article (accepted manuscript version) was posted to the Washington University in St. Louis institutional repository (Open Scholarship) a few days ago.

The article will be published in an upcoming issue of New Review of Academic Librarianship.


Modern Special Collections: Embracing the Future While Taking Care of the Past


Meredith R. Evans
Washington University in St. Louis


Open Scholarship, Washington University


As managers of special collections engage with evolving formats and technologies, it is imperative that these professionals remain well versed in papyrus, paper, and principles that inform archival work. The permanence of this content defines our past, informs our present, and shapes our future. However, a constricting interpretation of archival principles heavily focused on the “integrity” of record keeping drives collection managers further from the resources needed to do their jobs in this new age of archiving. Thinking in a non-traditional strategic manner can ensure continued collection development, access and relevance for the next generation

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
29 pages; PDF.

See Also: Meredith Evans Named Associate University Librarian​ (Jan 2015)

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