Better buy BLIW

How will librarians of the future learn from librarianship in our time?  That's assuming they exist in some form (hope so!) and are interested.  And what resources are available to help new librarians now get an overview of the whole profession?  BLIW is the very thing these researchers need.  Yes, Librarian of the future, we … Continue reading Better buy BLIW

Fika and futures

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

Handbook redux

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

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?

How can unique and distinctive collections support University mission?

Delighted to share news of a report which should help anyone trying to make the case for investment in special collections.  Or indeed considering whether they should invest in them ... Unique and distinctive collections: opportunities for research libraries is freely available online from the Research Libraries UK website.  It's based on fieldwork I carried … Continue reading How can unique and distinctive collections support University mission?

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

Updating The Special Collections Directory

A Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, a definitive reference book, was last updated in 1997.  The world of special collections has changed a bit since then.  Many new collections have come to light (including ours at Bradford University - we don't even have an entry … Continue reading Updating The Special Collections Directory

To Have and To Hold: Historic Libraries Forum Annual Conference 2013

Managers of special collections face difficult decisions: what to collect, what not to collect, how to accept new material etc, how to identify and deal with irrelevant material ...  This year's Historic Libraries Forum conference in London on 19 November will share best practice in collection management.   I'm speaking, along with Katie Flanagan from Brunel … Continue reading To Have and To Hold: Historic Libraries Forum Annual Conference 2013