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Wednesday, June 19 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Limits to Growth

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Sponsored by Arthur Fournier Fine & Rare, LLC

In 1972, researchers from MIT published The Limits to Growth, sharing results of computer simulations predicting outcomes for the earth’s resources related to population and economic growth. If growth continued unchecked, they predicted “overshoot and collapse” of global systems by the late 21st century, but that a “sustainable world” was possible if growth patterns altered. Now a touchstone in the environmental movement, it sparked conversations about sustainability that continue today.

For decades, archives and special collections have measured progress by rate of collection growth and prestige by size of collections. While colleagues in the circulating library have developed sophisticated collective collection strategies as an alternative to building comprehensive collections, the growth imperative has gone relatively unexamined in special collections. This panel will explore our responsibilities related to resource allocation and collection growth in the age of climate change, imagine what it might look like to alter our growth patterns, and consider what we might lose or gain in the process.   

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Maureen Callahan

Sophia Smith Collection Archivist, Smith College
Maureen Callahan is the steward for the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History at Smith College, where she provides collection development, instruction, and stewardship for records of people changing the world on behalf of women and other gender minorities.
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Shannon K. Supple

Curator of Rare Books, Smith College
Shannon K. Supple is the steward of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection at Smith College. She teaches, provides research support, conducts outreach activities, and curates collections of rare and curious printed books, literary manuscripts, artists’ books, and graphic arts. Shannon... Read More →
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William Stingone

Associate Director, Preservation and Special Collections Processing, New York Public Library
William Stingone leads Preservation and Special Collections Processing at the New York Public Library, a unit responsible for the management and preservation of NYPL’s Research Libraries collection and for the processing of its special collections. At NYPL, William has also served... Read More →
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Chela Scott Weber

Sr. Program Officer, RLP, OCLC
Chela Scott Weber is a Sr Program Officer for the OCLC Research Library Partnership. She previously helped to create and lead the Archival Collections Management department at NYU Libraries, where she also served as the Associate Head of the Tamiment Library & Wagner Labor Archive... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
University Ballroom 3-4