Category Archives: College Libraries

A new professional’s perspective

A new professional finds out about working in special collections outreach – Polly Harper Naomi very kindly invited me to write a guest blog post from the perspective of someone very interested in, and wanting to explore further, the area  … Continue reading

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Tours 2

Back in January, I visited Merton College Library (“the oldest continuously functioning library for university academics and students in the world”). I was impressed by the access that members of the public have to this historic Library through a scheme … Continue reading

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Tour de Force

Working with local tour guides in the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge – Suzanne Paul I promised Naomi way back in June that I would write a guest post for her blog and it’s now mid-October. By way of mitigation, … Continue reading

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An Open Library

I missed the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference last week but I did something else that refired my enthusiasm for public engagement with special collections. Christ’s College Library, where I am currently Assistant Librarian, took part in a local … Continue reading

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The Price of Everything

A schools liaison session with the historic collections in the Library at St John’s College, Oxford – Stewart Tiley Making contact I was chatting to our Schools Liaison Officer a few months ago, and she mentioned that she organized parties of sixth … Continue reading

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Cases in point: June guest posts

One thing that makes starting community engagement projects in special collections challenging is the lack of accessible written examples of good practice.  To improve the situation I have asked some librarians who are doing successful outreach to blog about their work … Continue reading

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Collaboration in the Parker Library

Suzanne Paul at the Parker Library in Cambridge has posted an extra super version of her talk at the Cambridge-Oxford College Librarians conference on 28th March. She summarises her experiences of collaboration in special collections libraries with a series of small … Continue reading

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