Presentation

Breaking Out of the Box: Transforming Archival Collections and Workflows through Collaborative Description Projects

Authors
  • Cindy Cline (University of Kentucky)
  • Libby Hertenstein (Bowling Green State University)
  • Lindy Smith (Bowling Green State University)
  • Rachel Howard (University of Louisville)
  • Rebecca Pattillo (University of Louisville)
  • Ruth Bryan (University of Kentucky)

Abstract

Archivists and archival collections can often be siloed into the “special” corner of their parent library:  under described, underutilized, and often even unknown.  Finding a path out of isolation may require taking a new look at collection management needs and considering new partners in the work.  Collaboration with colleagues can result in positive ripple effects that extend beyond the initial project goals.  This session will highlight three innovative description projects where archivists partnered with non-archivists to improve access to targeted collections and will detail how their collaborations transformed their archival collections, work structures and relationships, and, ultimately, their users.  After the three presentations, the session audience will have the opportunity to brainstorm with the presenters and with each other about where their opportunities for collaboration and transformation lie.  What underutilized collections in your repository are just waiting for that perfect combination of excitement and expertise to blossom into wonderful research resources?  Which person down the hall from you, in the next cubicle, or in a separate building could be your next transformation partner?

How to Cite:

Cline, C., Hertenstein, L., Smith, L., Howard, R., Pattillo, R. & Bryan, R., (2019) “Breaking Out of the Box: Transforming Archival Collections and Workflows through Collaborative Description Projects”, MAC Annual Meeting Presentations 2019(1).

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Published on
05 Apr 2019