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Shirazi practicum presentation
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Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
Shirazi practicum presentation
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  • 1. Processing Special Collections
    Blurring Boundaries, Backlogs and Intra-Institutional Cooperation,
    or
    What Do We Do with All This Stuff?
  • 2. Breaking the Silence of the LAMs
    LAMs = Libraries, Archives & Museums
    2000s was the decade of calling for
    CONVERGENCE
    We are all cultural heritage organizations
    Users make no distinction / don’t understand differences between us
    Whole conferences devoted to this!
  • 3. Special Collections = Hidden Collections
  • 4. What Libraries & Archives Share
    Backlogs!
    ARL Special Collections Task Force (2001-2006) charged with enhancing access to and “surfacing hidden collections”
    2005: Greene & Meissner, “More Product, Less Process” is published in American Archivist
    Collection-level cataloging & minimal processing seen as the solution
  • 5. Does Minimal Processing Work?
    2010 OCLC Research Report:
    Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives
    says…
  • 6. “While many backlogs have decreased, almost as many continue to grow”
    “Use of all types of material has increased across the board”
    “75% of general library budgets have been reduced”
  • 7. One Institution’s Story
    Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU
    6 full-time staff: 1 head
    1 librarian
    1 collections associate
    2 archivists
    1 curator (archivist)
    many project archivists & students
  • 8. The Collection
    Documents the history of radical politics:
    Socialism
    Communism
    Anarchism
    Utopian experiments
    The cultural left
    The New left
    The struggle for civil rights & civil liberties
    • Official repository for the NYC Central Labor Council’s member unions
  • My Tasks
    Tamiment Newspaper
    Collection
    1,500 newspapers
    15% cataloged
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  • 12. Until They’re Cataloged…
    We have this:
  • 13.
  • 14. My Tasks
    Tamiment Library Pamphlet Collection
  • 15.
  • 16. Cataloging or Archival Arrangement?
    Library catalog aims to be a reference source in itself
    Finding aids establish context, leave the “Aha!” moment to researchers
    What to choose for materials with blurred boundaries?
  • 17. Printed Ephemera
    • Definitions murky; can include pamphlets and underground newspapers
    • 18. Problems of cataloging
    • 19. Tamiment is creating artificial collections of “Printed Ephemera” for organizations, individuals, topics
  • Why Bother Cataloging Underground Newspapers?
    Problem of archival arrangement
    Serials cataloging establishes relationships between serials using MARC linking fields (76x-78x), “absorbed by,” “continues,” etc.
    Finding aids only establish context
    No subject access
  • 20. Why Bother Cataloging Underground Newspapers?
    Item-level cataloging as
    LITERARY LEGITIMATION
    • Compare to zines today
  • Does SOME access always trump NO access?
    Are there other concerns?
    What are we leaving for the future?
    Does convergence between libraries and archives mean we blend our philosophies of access?

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