Going for Gold: archive accreditation is here

Exciting news for archives managers! A new standard can help you improve your  services and highlight your excellence. Find out more on the Archive Service Accreditation webpage and in this blog post by Melinda Haunton. Three things I like about the scheme: One size doesn't fit all.  The scheme accommodates archives services of all shapes … Continue reading Going for Gold: archive accreditation is here

A Tumblr full of Gems

Delighted to reveal A Cabinet of Gems!  It's our new Tumblr account.  I'm using it to share appealing out-of-copyright images from Special Collections at Bradford, like this lovely 1920s girl on a photo wallet from the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive. Why (yet) another blog?   I've realised for a while that I needed something to fill the … Continue reading A Tumblr full of Gems

Salvaging Welsh Archives: latest on NLW fire

Latest on the National Library of Wales fire: this article on the BBC website which outlines the extent of the damage to collections and gives an insight into working practices and salvage processes.  £5 million of damage was done and, sad to report, some archives were irreparably damaged by water and smoke.  Lightly damaged material … Continue reading Salvaging Welsh Archives: latest on NLW fire

We ALL Hate Mr Clippy: the horrors of paperclips

Anyone caring for archives will know the horrors of rusty staples and paperclips or claggy broken rubber bands, which riddle most modern collections.  In this great blog post, "Why I Hate Mr Clippy", Beth Doyle of Duke University Libraries explains the mischief these fasteners do and shares some tips for dealing with them quickly and … Continue reading We ALL Hate Mr Clippy: the horrors of paperclips

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

From Ewww to Wow!: funding preservation work

Out of all the things special collections do, I believe the easiest one to raise funds for is preservation (compared to other areas, no fundraising is easy these days!).  It is something that naturally resonates with the public and is popular with many funders - and even small sums of money can make a noticeable … Continue reading From Ewww to Wow!: funding preservation work