Discovery event veronica adamson (special collections)

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Discovery event veronica adamson (special collections)

  1. 1. The Art of the Possible: Special Collections Veronica Adamson Jane Plenderleith Glenaffric Ltd
  2. 2. Stakeholder Interviews• Specialist staff in libraries (both university and public), museums and archives• Range of questions focused around SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, thr eats) – Issues, Examples, Benefits, Easy Wins, Special Collections ...• Pushing at an open door
  3. 3. The Art of the Possible• Special Collections can make sense of open data and aggregation – difficult to understand language and concepts of resource discovery• Everybody has them and attendant pride but theyre not well used and can be a resource drain• Not perceived as core business (teaching or purchased collections) so not always a priority
  4. 4. Some Examples• Local Heroes – Origin, Workplace – Lord Kelvin, John Ruskin, Ernest Rutherford• National Events – London 2012• Anniversaries• Guardians of the Public Memory – changing education policy• Staff Personal Interest – Spanish Civil War
  5. 5. ONE TO MANY;MANY TO ONE: - By and aboutTHE RESOURCE Lord KelvinDISCOVERY - ElectricalTASKFORCE VISION Engineering - Laboratory UK researchers and Apparatus students will have - Correspondence: easy, flexible and ongoing access to letters in and out content through a collaborative, aggregated and integrated resource discovery and delivery framework which is comprehensive, open and sustainable
  6. 6. Et maintenant quest-ce quon fait?• If its all out there, then focus resource on whats unique and special• Need to be consistent and not piecemeal• Polish the jewels, display them well and avoid gathering digital dust

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