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
Meet the Trilemma I was thinking about the oft-cited software designer's "trilemma": fast, cheap, good. The trilemma for the designer's customer is that it is only possible for a project to be: fast and cheap - can't be good good and cheap - can't be fast good and fast - can't be cheap The qualities contradict each other: … Continue reading Beware the Trilemma!
Over the past five years, it's been a delight to see the Handbook reaching audiences way beyond the UK. For instance, last year I was invited to speak at a seminar in Stockholm sharing perspectives on rare books librarianship with a group of (mostly) Swedish librarians. The paper I gave has just been published, along … Continue reading Fika and futures
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