Strategically Managing Special Collections

Organization: Academic Impressions

Event Date/Time: Nov 27, 2012 End Date/Time: Nov 28, 2012
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With an increasing volume of resources available online, and students well-versed in Internet research, librarians are mindful of how their facilities can remain a relevant resource. Many library leaders, acknowledging this trend, have identified special collections as the future of the library.

The emerging relevance of strategically managing special collections is particularly important for college campuses, as universities are putting a priority on building collaborative learning commons, acquiring electronic databases and journals, and moving books off-campus. Library deans and directors have a unique opportunity to improve and leverage their special collections both across campus and the wider community to ensure the continued relevance of their operations.

Join us in Tampa for a new AI program offering. You will leave this conference armed with practical tips and advice for managing and stewarding your special collections. Our expert instructors will lead discussions designed to help you answer these questions:

    * Are the mission, vision, and goals for your special collections clearly defined?
    * Is your acquisition policy solid?
    * Are you utilizing best practices for assessing and inventorying your collections?
    * How should you display, access, and store the materials in your collections?
    * How can you partner with faculty to develop curricular elements that draw upon your collections?


This conference also includes a tour of the University of South Florida’s special collections facilities, which include the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center. View the agenda tab for additional details.


This program is ideal for institutions that are in the foundational stages of expanding their special collections or are investigating how to better leverage existing special collections on their campus. Library deans and directors, senior associate librarians, directors of special collections, archivists, and others involved in the library planning process, such as facilities or development administrators, will learn how to approach a special collections planning or expansion project.



Academic Impressions