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Dare to share:
long-term collections management

6 September 2010

Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London

This one day conference examined how libraries and other research institutions can benefit from integrating preservation into broader, long-term collections management strategies, with a particular emphasis on collaborative preservation ventures. Speakers from the UK and abroad presented current thinking on hybrid collections; using collection strengths to inform integrated strategies for resource allocation; how digitisation affects what we keep; protecting investment in digitisation projects; the carbon footprint of preservation; and whether the UK Research Reserve should or could be used as a model for other library materials.

The day built on research by the RLUK/BL Preservation Learning Project which identified high demand for skills development on strategic issues in collections management amongst staff in research and higher education libraries. Responses particularly emphasised the value that a long-term view can bring in considering access to the collections both physical and digital - and the importance of preservation within an encompassing and strategic perspective.


Heritage or legacy? devising a framework for strategic management of collections (PDF format) 266KB
Brian Clifford, Deputy University Librarian, University of Leeds

System level strategic planning for collections management and preservation (PDF format) 324KB
Roger Schonfeld, Manager of Research, Ithaka S+R

Managing our legacy journal collections: United Kingdom Research Reserve (UKRR) - the share of things to come
(PDF format) 213KB
Deborah Shorley, Director of Library Services, Imperial College and Head of UKRR

The Metamorfoze Project: working collaboratively to preserve paper heritage in the Netherlands (PDF format) 2.65MB
Dennis Schouten, Head of Special Collections, Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Protecting investment by sustaining access to digital assets (PDF format) 1.06MB
Neil Grindley, Programme Manager, Digital Preservation, JISC

The carbon footprint of preservation (PDF format) 222KB
Dr Barry Knight, Head, Head of Conservation Research, British Library

Sustainability and the RLUK/BL Preservation Advisory Centre learning programme (PDF format) 177KB
Alison Faraday, Preservation training co-ordinator, Preservation Advisory Centre