Special Collections for beginners : A case study of Special Collections at Waterford Institute of Technology's library service

Hayden, Helen and Darbey, Neil (2008) Special Collections for beginners : A case study of Special Collections at Waterford Institute of Technology's library service. New Library World, 109 (5/6). pp. 258-273. ISSN 0307-4803

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Abstract

Purpose – This article sets out to describe the challenges and opportunities created by the presentation of a number of special collections to the library service of Waterford Institute of Technology. It aims to focus on the work done with the collections to date and plans for the future. Design/methodology/approach – This case study reports on the collections presented to WIT Library Service and the approach taken to their conservation and display. It also discusses the ongoing issues involved in special collections management in a modern academic library setting. Findings – The paper concludes that there is a delicate balancing act involved in accepting and managing special collections in contemporary academic libraries. Key factors to consider are expense, staff time and skills, and potential benefits to the library and its users. Research limitations/implications – The project is still in development. The study provides a view on one medium-sized academic library's experience of handling special collections. Practical implications – This account is likely to be useful for organisations in a similar position, faced with similar challenges of comparable scale. Originality/value – The paper offers practical insights for libraries in similar positions.

Item Type: Article
Departments or Groups: *NONE OF THESE*
Divisions: Other Departments and Units > Library
Depositing User: Derek Langford
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 13:40
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:26
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/1516

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