OCLC Research to Host Survey of Archives and Special Collections (Online)

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Attend this webinar to learn more about major outcomes of the forthcoming report, “Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives in Academic and Research Libraries.”

Program Officer Jackie Dooley will provide an overview of the project, in which 275 institutions across the U.S. and Canada were surveyed to determine norms across the community and to provide data to support decision-making and priority setting. A few key data points to whet your appetite: far too many rare and unique materials remain “hidden”; the size of collections is growing at an incredible pace; most institutions report increased numbers of onsite users; staffing generally remains stable; and digitization and born-digital archival records emerged as two of the three most challenging issues.

This 60-minute session will include ample time for an open discussion about the implications of the survey results for the special collections and archives community, including possible approaches to the recommended action items included in the report, which is due to be published by mid-October in advance of the webinar.

Webinar participation is free but advanced registration is required. This webinar will be recorded and made available on the OCLC Website and in iTunes.

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