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The Handbook is of course written from a UK perspective, but I did my best to incorporate material which would help librarians in other English-speaking countries.  Many examples and best practice come from the USA in particular, home to so many Special Collections and their librarians.  We have much in common, but there are of course differences e.g. in the workings of our organisations and how we can develop as professionals.  All of which leads into a recommended blog post, from Lynne Thomas, offering advice to new professionals in the US about professional development, especially which conferences to attend.