What does ‘Archiving in the public interest’ mean? GDPR musings

GDPR is just a few days away!  And the deluge of emails from long-forgotten mailing lists shows no signs of stopping ... There's no need to panic though.  Very few organisations are likely to be fully compliant by the 25 May.  The Information Commissioner's Office after all emphasises that the 25 May is the start … Continue reading What does ‘Archiving in the public interest’ mean? GDPR musings

How to get a job in Special Collections

So how do you get a job in Special Collections?  I recently wrote a blog post for Facet Publishing which reflected on the skills and experience required to get started in this often competitive profession:  How do I make a career in Special Collections? The post was inspired by talks and discussions at CILIP Rare … Continue reading How to get a job in Special Collections

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 …

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