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!
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
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
I'm hard at work on proofing and indexing the Handbook. It's the last chance to get things right, so it needs a lot of concentration. I was delighted to see that Facet Publishing have typeset the book in a garamond type, which I think works well for the content and is very readable. As for … Continue reading Brought to you in Garamond