This session invites attendees to learn about turning underused collections into vibrant and relevant parts of the library through collaboration with key constituents in the academic and local community and staying true to the mission and vision.
Speakers will provide perspectives on reviving unique collections in the library that hold value and importance but have lost connection to the college curriculum and the undergraduate research on campus. The experience of learning about the community the collections are purposed to support, renewing the mission and vision in order to revitalize and rebuild the collections, and mapping the collection to the curriculum to ensure future relevance will be shared. The speakers will discuss strategies to work with faculty, colleagues, and administration to open the doors to collaboration and facilitate continual support from key stakeholders.
Jennifer Ditkoff, Head of Collection Development, will share her experience rebuilding the Keene State College Curriculum Materials Library. The CML, once a well funded, staffed, and utilized collection, became disconnected to the curriculum of the Education department and NH education standards. By engaging in a study on local curriculum libraries, collaboration with the Education department has been restored and the vision renewed.
Mason Library Archivist, Rodney Obien, will share his experience renewing the vision for special collections, reconnecting archival materials to the undergraduate curriculum and increasing access to special collections. The special collections now garner national recognition and resulting expansion of the collection has facilitated renovation of special collection space and development of a primary source information literacy curriculum.
Audience members will discuss strategies to envision their own spaces with new life and breath, highlighting the positives pieces within. They will also learn methods to develop their own library’s unique collection to become a relevant, well-used portion of the main library and throughout the campus community.