Monthly Archive: September 2016


Helping the profession to define new standards for preservation

In August 2016, IFLA launched the survey on standards, guidelines, and best practises for the preservation and conservation of library materials. Why are we doing this? In the IFLA Strategic Plan, it states that IFLA will help with developing standards for the collection and preservation of content in its diverse forms.  In order to start this task, we have created a survey which will give us an overview of what standards, guidelines, and best practises are currently used by the profession when it comes to preservation and conservation or any materials held in libraries. The aim of the survey is...


Conference round-up: ‘A rich tapestry: diverse collections and audiences’ (CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group, 7-9 September 2016, Liverpool)

How can the special collections sector champion diversity?  This question lay at the heart of this year’s CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group (RBSCG) Conference: ‘A rich tapestry: diverse collections and audiences’. Held in Liverpool, the three-day conference attracted 70 delegates, and I was lucky enough to be awarded one of the new professionals’ bursaries to attend.  With speakers from across the UK, the conference programme brought together a broad spectrum of libraries, archives, museums and professional networks to challenge thinking, inspire action and showcase successful examples of special collections putting diversity and equality at the centre of their...


Autumn courses at Rare Books School (Virginia, USA)

This fall, Rare Book School will offer three courses that may be of interest to members of the IFLA Rare & Special community. — Special Collections Librarianship aims to teach the current issues, best practices, organizational development, knowledge and skills surrounding special collections librarianship. Taught by Michael Inman, Curator of Rare Books for the New York Public Library, at the main branch of NYPL, this course is a must-take for early-career professionals interested in special collections and for those who have not taken formal special collections coursework. (The full course description and advance reading list can be found at

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