Emiko Hastings, Curator of Books and Digital Projects Librarian at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan Interviewed by Fine Books & Collections
The complete interview (part of the Fine Books & Collections “Bright Young Librarians” series) with Emiko Hastings is available here and runs 976 words.
Here’s one question and answer from the interview.
Q. (Fine Books and Collections): Thoughts on the future of special collections librarianship?
A. (Emiko Hastings): An optimistic trend I see is a movement towards greater access and openness among archives and special collections. Institutions are striving to become more inclusive in what they collect and the audiences they serve, broadening their access to a wider variety of users. Special collections can be intimidating and exclusionary places, but I hope the field will continue to become more open and inviting to newcomers.
One challenge is the lack of permanent full-time positions in special collections libraries. It’s difficult for new professionals to enter the field when positions are highly competitive, salaries are relatively low, and many entry-level positions are term-limited.
Direct to Complete Interview (via Fine Books & Collections)
See Also: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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