Need help with demonstrating impact of collections? Discover DCDC …

In today’s uncertain political and economic climate the ability to demonstrate why heritage and culture matter – and to whom – has never been more important or relevant. I'd agree with that!  These words are from the website of Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities, a conference which will help us to tackle this challenge. Taking place … Continue reading Need help with demonstrating impact of collections? Discover DCDC …

Spooky! The Bod Squad take on the Digital Ghosts

Well hello, Digital.Bodleian! What a lovely, clean and appealing interface, love the big friendly search box.  I met Digital.Bodleian at the DCDC conference, where Lucie Burgess gave a compelling keynote explaining the Bod's plans for its new digital library.  Digital.Bodleian will allow people to use all the Bodleian's digitised material. "But of course it will!  … Continue reading Spooky! The Bod Squad take on the Digital Ghosts

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

Show, Tell + Play: sharing heritage projects and stuffed animals in Yorkshire

On 24 October I went along to a great event offering "a playful space" for discussing heritage activities in Yorkshire: Heritage Show+Tell.  This uses a very effective format: 3 minutes, 3 slides per speaker.  No long presentations to write, no big commitment of time, a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The projects all had some relevance … Continue reading Show, Tell + Play: sharing heritage projects and stuffed animals in Yorkshire

Five Theses on the Future of Special Collections

"Preservation without use is an empty victory. It ought to be our primary purpose at all times to minimize barriers to use ..." "[It is] crucial to reach out and demystify special collections, to convey the message: 'Please touch. This is here for you. You are special enough for special collections'." So says John Overholt … Continue reading Five Theses on the Future of Special Collections