Archival Practice: discussing real-world applications of archival theories and practices in the modern archival repository

Partners in Discovery: Collaboration in Special Collections

Lori Birrell, Marcy Strong


As the focus in academic libraries shifts towards highlighting special collections, library staff have an opportunity to work together in new ways and to contribute their skills to projects that aim to highlight a university’s unique resources. This article examines a project between catalogers, reference subject specialists and special collections librarians, who worked together to process manuscript collections. We hope that our project serves as a model, not only for processing archival collections, but more importantly, as a sustainable approach to collaboratively meeting the challenges of working in a 21st century library.  

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