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Managers of special collections face difficult decisions: what to collect, what not to collect, how to accept new material etc, how to identify and deal with irrelevant material …  This year’s Historic Libraries Forum conference in London on 19 November will share best practice in collection management.   I’m speaking, along with Katie Flanagan from Brunel and David McKitterick from Trinity College Cambridge.

I’ll discuss how some newish concepts helped me to create the latest collection development policy for Special Collections at Bradford.  The new policy has in turn helped improve the way we manage our collections – deaccessioning with confidence, knowing where we want to go with digital collecting etc.  I hope these ideas will inspire others, and I look forward to learning how colleagues manage their collection problems!