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Keeping treasures in testing times : special collections in the academic environment

Horn, Anne and Stumm, Deborah 2004, Keeping treasures in testing times : special collections in the academic environment, in Food for thought : museums & galleries, feast & famine : Museums Australia National Conference, Museums Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 1-11.

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Title Keeping treasures in testing times : special collections in the academic environment
Author(s) Horn, Anne
Stumm, Deborah
Conference name Museums Australia. National Conference (2004 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 16-21 May, 2004
Title of proceedings Food for thought : museums & galleries, feast & famine : Museums Australia National Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2004
Conference series Museums Australia National Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher Museums Australia
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary “… university libraries, while differing in the specifics of their goals, generally embrace the obligation to collect, preserve, and make available primary source materials for both current scholarship and future research” (Hewitt 1998).

This paper explores some of the challenges faced by the Fryer Library, the special collections branch of the University of Queensland Library responsible for manuscripts and pictorial materials, as well as theses and rare books. The challenges are not dissimilar to those being met by other cultural agencies or institutions as well as other academic libraries. The challenges covered include collection development, access and preservation, making appropriate responses to the research imperative, as well as promotion of services and collections, and servicing the community at large. The paper outlines the research library context and concludes with experiences of cross-sectoral collaborations and future opportunities.
Language eng
Field of Research 210201 Archival, Repository and Related Studies
080707 Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2004, Museums Australia
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028965

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