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Thursday, June 20 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Innovation and Inspiration from Outside the Academy: Learn About Operations at Diverse Collections to Inspire New Ideas

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Sponsored by brian cassidy, bookseller 

The majority of the RBMS community is affiliated with an academic institution. Thus, the workflows, tools, and goals of small, independent libraries may be foreign to many conference attendees. Can you imagine being financially barred from OCLC participation?  Sneaking access to research databases?  Putting together a reading room in an attic?  Providing daily instruction to the public?  Or relying on flea markets for collection development?  Independent libraries face uncommon challenges, and their operations are -- by necessity -- creative. Delving into how and why independent libraries function can provoke a radical re-imagining of special collections practice by asking essential questions:  Who are our users?  How do we meet their needs?  How do we preserve social, cultural, political, and other histories for future researchers? Through anecdotes and question-and-answer, this seminar will introduce attendees to small, diverse, independent special collections and their audiences, challenges, and solutions. Topics discussed will include exhibits, public programs, education, cataloging and data management, collection development, and more. Attendees will leave with an expanded rolodex of research referrals, an appreciation of diverse library practice to inform collaborations and recruitment, inspiration for practical, low-budget workflows that can be implemented at their home institution, and a reinvigorated approach to their work.


Emily Guthrie

Library Director and NEH Librarian, Printed Book and Periodical Collection, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

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Michele Lee Silverman

Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian for Researcher Services, Folger Shakespeare Library
I recently joined the team at the Folger Shakespeare Library where I manage researcher services. Prior, I have served a variety of roles in museum libraries, all with a focus on connecting people with special collections and fostering new scholarship.
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Katharine Chandler

Cataloger, Library of Congress
I'm a rare books librarian, curator, and cataloger with particular interests in Burgundian/Flemish manuscript culture of the 15th century; books written and published during the Reformation and Counter Reformation in Europe; books written and made by religious immigrants to the mid-Atlantic... Read More →
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Patrick Crowley

Metadata Librarian for Cataloging and Digital Projects, Southern Connecticut State University
I am a special collections librarian and a rare books cataloger. I have served in academic institutions including Bryn Mawr College and Princeton University, providing descriptive metadata on the one hand and research, outreach, and exhibition support on the other. More recently... Read More →
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Alexander Ames

Collections Engagement Manager, The Rosenbach / Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation
I am interested in how museology and library science overlap, intersect, and can inform each other in areas like teaching, instruction, and public outreach. Much of my work focuses on exhibition design and public programs development, all with an eye toward linking the interpretation... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Grand Ballroom DEF