You might notice that the links from the revised edition of the Handbook do not yet appear on this site. Sorry about that! I will be adding them as soon as possible. The reason for the delay is that I fractured my shoulder early in January, in a cycling accident. Fortunately, unlike this chap, I was … Continue reading Ouch
Get a free taste of the Special Collections Handbook in its latest form. Facet Publishing have made Chapter 2 on Emergency Planning available via open access so everyone can see what the book has to offer. Keeping collections safe from fire, flood, and the other "enemies of books" has been the essential task of librarians … Continue reading Taste the Handbook!
If you made New Year resolutions relating to professional development, career moves and the like, you might find this of particular interest. The second edition of the Special Collections Handbook is published! It's available now from Facet Publishing. I'm delighted with the new look and content, and hope readers old and new will find the … Continue reading Happy New Year, shiny new book
A sneak preview of the Second Edition of the Handbook! Full details are now on Facet's web site. Why the pomegranates? No idea, must ask. It's pretty though, and I love the colour. I'm hard at work on the text every day now, aiming to have the finished manuscript with Facet on 15 July. It's … Continue reading Lovely in Lilac: sneak preview of handbook II
For the Second Edition, I'm reviewing the web links I cited in the original. The bad news? Half the links I cited have broken. I've seen rather a lot of 404 message screens! The good news? Almost all the pages or documents with broken links are still available elsewhere on the web. So why have they … Continue reading 404: Friend or Foe?
This summer I will mostly be writing. I'm working on a NEW edition of the Special Collections Handbook: deadline July. I was delighted when Facet Publishing invited me to create a new edition. It's been five years since the first edition was published: in a fast-changing world there are many new developments to share with readers, … Continue reading Handbook redux
This interesting review from a perspective outside Special Collections by Elena Maceviciute of Vilnius University describes the subject matter as exotic (which I like very much!) and the book as straightforward and exhaustive (which is what I hoped it would be). I'll be adding more reviews to this site as they come my way. Talking … Continue reading “Exotic … Exhaustive”
I sent the final versions of the proof and index off to my copy editor at Facet earlier this week, so hoping that the book will be published sometime in December. If you're thinking of buying a copy, CILIP members are best to order through Facet as you get a substantial discount. The Handbook is … Continue reading Done!
The index for the Handbook continues to take shape. There are about 800 entries at present! They cover individual objects, collections, libraries, projects, resources, lots of technical terms, codes and standards, and the ideas underlying best practice in special collections. I hope readers will find the index helps them make the most of what the … Continue reading From AACR2 to Zines