Why do librarians tweet about cake?

I've taken on a challenging/fun writing project for 2016: summing up social media in libraries 2010-2015, for the next edition of British Librarianship and Information Work.  Crumbs! The deadline is autumn 2016, but I've started work already as the piece will need a great deal of planning, research and reflection. Finding information and evidence so … Continue reading Why do librarians tweet about cake?

The Pukka Pad and the Big Cake: #DCDC14 Conference Part 1

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities, a joint effort by RLUK and The National Archives, is fast becoming a must-attend conference for archives and special collections folk.  The idea?  We face tough times and huge challenges: let's collaborate and find new ways to survive and thrive.  The second in the series was held last week in the … Continue reading The Pukka Pad and the Big Cake: #DCDC14 Conference Part 1

An Alien Territory? Local Studies versus Special Collections

Here's an interesting blog post by Tony Pilmer, a Local Studies librarian sharing what he learned from a year working in a library based in a think-tank/learned society.  I agree: local studies and special collections work have masses in common.  This is especially true of university special collections. I think I'm right in saying that … Continue reading An Alien Territory? Local Studies versus Special Collections

Joyful June: copyright law to change for the better

This June, copyright changes for the better!  LOOOONG-awaited changes to copyright exceptions are bringing complex and outdated legislation into line with the needs of modern teaching and research.  These changes will treat those using "non-text" materials more fairly, make preservation copying easier, and enable copying into accessible formats to support people with disabilities.  The rights … Continue reading Joyful June: copyright law to change for the better

Access All Areas? a user’s perspective on archives by wheelchair

Here's an invaluable blog post by Viv Dunstan, a historical researcher who is a wheelchair user, on her experience of using archives.  Searchrooms are often small, cramped spaces which are tricky to get around.  Staff are helpful but there is only so much they can do.  She explains the value of good quality catalogues which … Continue reading Access All Areas? a user’s perspective on archives by wheelchair

Tiers for Fears: inter-library loans and Special Collections

Special Collections on inter-library loan?  Surely not?  But wait ... A new report from OCLC Research, Tiers for Fears: sensible, streamlined sharing of Special Collections*, shares the results of a 2010 survey on interlending of Special Collections. Historically such lending was mainly for exhibitions; now there is growing demand from researchers, thanks to increased visibility … Continue reading Tiers for Fears: inter-library loans and Special Collections

New from Ashgate – Library Space and Archives in Time

The latest catalogue of librarianship books from Ashgate features a couple which should be of particular interest for special collections: Smith, C and Stead, L. (eds). The boundaries of the literary archive.  August 2013.  Includes contributions by archivists about practical issues in literary archives, such as confidentiality and use in teaching and marketing.  The case … Continue reading New from Ashgate – Library Space and Archives in Time