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Teaching Old Books New Tricks How special collections outreach can help you, your career & your library <ul><li>Naomi Herb...
Old books?  
What is outreach?  
Why do outreach?   <ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional...
<ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional...
<ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional...
<ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional...
Case Study 1  <ul><li>Naomi Herbert </li></ul><ul><li>Hocus Pocus Junior  (1638) </li></ul><ul><li>Primary school outr...
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior 
Hocus Pocus Junior  Item Cost Magician (two years’ worth from funding, 3rd year paid by school) £470 ( £235 per year i...
Case Study 2  <ul><li>Katie Birkwood </li></ul><ul><li>Build your own astrolabe </li></ul><ul><li>Family & public outr...
Build your own astrolabe 
Build your own astrolabe 
Build your own astrolabe 
Build your own astrolabe 
Build your own astrolabe 
Build your own astrolabe 
Build your own astrolabe 
<ul><li>Costs </li></ul>Build your own astrolabe  Item Cost Materials (card, acetate, glue, scissors, ribbon, split pi...
Build your own astrolabe  <ul><li>“ This was a really useful workshop.  I've seen astrolabes in museums & had no real ...
How do I do that?  <ul><li>Your questions (hopefully) answered… </li></ul>
Where will I get the money?   <ul><li>Major funding bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Local and/or specialist groups </li></ul>...
Who can I ask for help?   <ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Professional contacts  </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li><...
Don’t I have to be an expert?   <ul><li>NO! </li></ul><ul><li>You’re already an expert on something </li></ul><ul><li>...
Where will I start?   <ul><li>Find out what people want </li></ul><ul><li>Join in with something that’s already happen...
Practicalities  <ul><li>Transport & parking </li></ul><ul><li>Food & drink </li></ul><ul><li>Toilets </li></ul><ul><li...
Will my boss like it?   <ul><li>We can’t promise anything </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul><ul><li>But success breeds suc...
Your CV  <ul><li>Managing staff & volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Training staff & volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Bidding f...
Credits  <ul><li>Images adapted from photographs on  Flickr : </li></ul>Unless otherwise stated below, images are repr...
More information  <ul><li>Slides </li></ul><ul><li>http:// slideshare/maedchenimmond </li></ul><ul><li>Naomi Herbert <...
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Teaching old books new tricks: how special collections outreach can help you, your career, and your library

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Paper given at the CILIP Career Development Group New Professionals Conference (2011), MOnday 20th June 2011.

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Teaching old books new tricks: how special collections outreach can help you, your career, and your library

  1. 1. Teaching Old Books New Tricks How special collections outreach can help you, your career & your library <ul><li>Naomi Herbert, Christ’s College, Cambridge </li></ul><ul><li>Katie Birkwood, Cambridge University Library </li></ul><ul><li>CILIP CDG New Professionals Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Monday 20 June 2011 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Old books? 
  3. 3. What is outreach? 
  4. 4. Why do outreach?  <ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone wins! </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone wins! </li></ul>Why do outreach? 
  6. 6. <ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone wins! </li></ul>Why do outreach? 
  7. 7. <ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone wins! </li></ul>Why do outreach? 
  8. 8. <ul><li>Sensory & emotional experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Institutional benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone wins! </li></ul>Why do outreach? 
  9. 9. Case Study 1  <ul><li>Naomi Herbert </li></ul><ul><li>Hocus Pocus Junior (1638) </li></ul><ul><li>Primary school outreach project </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  11. 11. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  12. 12. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  13. 13. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  14. 14. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  15. 15. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  16. 16. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  17. 17. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  18. 18. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  19. 19. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  20. 20. Hocus Pocus Junior 
  21. 21. Hocus Pocus Junior  Item Cost Magician (two years’ worth from funding, 3rd year paid by school) £470 ( £235 per year including costume hire) Supply cover (to release teachers for planning sessions) c.£400 Materials (needles, thread, coloured card, white paper. Decoration materials provided by school) c. £30 Photocopying c. £10  (but not accounted for separately) Staff time Not recorded
  22. 22. Case Study 2  <ul><li>Katie Birkwood </li></ul><ul><li>Build your own astrolabe </li></ul><ul><li>Family & public outreach project </li></ul>
  23. 23. Build your own astrolabe 
  24. 24. Build your own astrolabe 
  25. 25. Build your own astrolabe 
  26. 26. Build your own astrolabe 
  27. 27. Build your own astrolabe 
  28. 28. Build your own astrolabe 
  29. 29. Build your own astrolabe 
  30. 30. <ul><li>Costs </li></ul>Build your own astrolabe  Item Cost Materials (card, acetate, glue, scissors, ribbon, split pins, pens) c. £90 Photocopying c. £20  (but not accounted for separately) Staff time Not recorded Volunteer time c. 10 working days Volunteer gifts c. £50
  31. 31. Build your own astrolabe  <ul><li>“ This was a really useful workshop. I've seen astrolabes in museums & had no real idea of what they are for.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Very interesting - I didn't know how old astrolabes were, for example & fun for non-science minded people” </li></ul>
  32. 32. How do I do that?  <ul><li>Your questions (hopefully) answered… </li></ul>
  33. 33. Where will I get the money?  <ul><li>Major funding bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Local and/or specialist groups </li></ul><ul><li>Visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Your institution </li></ul>
  34. 34. Who can I ask for help?  <ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Professional contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Local & national organisations </li></ul>
  35. 35. Don’t I have to be an expert?  <ul><li>NO! </li></ul><ul><li>You’re already an expert on something </li></ul><ul><li>You can learn </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit ‘real’ experts to help </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t need to know everything </li></ul>
  36. 36. Where will I start?  <ul><li>Find out what people want </li></ul><ul><li>Join in with something that’s already happening </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try and do everything at once </li></ul><ul><li>Build on what’s already there </li></ul>
  37. 37. Practicalities  <ul><li>Transport & parking </li></ul><ul><li>Food & drink </li></ul><ul><li>Toilets </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled access </li></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><li>Roles, responsibilities, training </li></ul><ul><li>Health & safety, risk assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation & record-keeping </li></ul>
  38. 38. Will my boss like it?  <ul><li>We can’t promise anything </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul><ul><li>But success breeds success, so try it and see </li></ul>
  39. 39. Your CV  <ul><li>Managing staff & volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Training staff & volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Bidding for funds & grants </li></ul><ul><li>Managing a budget </li></ul><ul><li>Project management </li></ul><ul><li>Design & exhibition work </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching people of all ages & abilities </li></ul>
  40. 40. Credits  <ul><li>Images adapted from photographs on Flickr : </li></ul>Unless otherwise stated below, images are reproduced by permission of the Master and Fellows of St John’s College Cambridge. Celeste RC Jose Téllez Timothy Tolle arbyreed Jon’s pics nataliej Karl sinfield Feff Belmonte Paula Bailey Hans van rijnberk © The British Museum Other: Adapted from an image on http://www. sxc . hu :
  41. 41. More information  <ul><li>Slides </li></ul><ul><li>http:// slideshare/maedchenimmond </li></ul><ul><li>Naomi Herbert </li></ul><ul><li>http:// rarelysited.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Katie Birkwood </li></ul><ul><li>http:// maedchenimmond.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>St John’s College Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.joh.cam.ac.uk/library/library_exhibitions </li></ul>

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