Special collections for beginners: A case study of special collections at Waterford Institute of Technology Library Service

Neil Darbey, Helen Hayden

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Abstract

Purpose - This article sets out to describe the challenges and opportunities created by the presentation of a number of special collections to the library service of Waterford Institute of Technology. It aims to focus on the work done with the collections to date and plans for the future. Design/methodology/approach - This case study reports on the collections presented to WIT Library Service and the approach taken to their conservation and display. It also discusses the ongoing issues involved in special collections management in a modern academic library setting. Findings - The paper concludes that there is a delicate balancing act involved in accepting and managing special collections in contemporary academic libraries. Key factors to consider are expense, staff time and skills, and potential benefits to the library and its users. Research limitations/implications - The project is still in development. The study provides a view on one medium-sized academic library's experience of handling special collections. Practical implications - This account is likely to be useful for organisations in a similar position, faced with similar challenges of comparable scale. Originality/value - The paper offers practical insights for libraries in similar positions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-272
Number of pages15
JournalNew Library World
Volume109
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Academic libraries
  • Collections management
  • Ireland
  • Library management

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