Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships

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Special collections and liaison librarian partnerships can have a tremendous impact on the work within the library and the university community. Designed to guide the reader through three different themes—collection stewardship; projects, research, and exhibitions; and instruction—Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships offers inspiration and case studies detailing how these departments can impact research, teaching, and learning by working collaboratively. With individual expertise and skillsets, librarians and staff are together better equipped to provide researchers with a holistic, well-rounded perspective on the research process and scholarship.

Collaborating for Impact opens with an exploration of current collaboration between liaison and special collections librarians, including a thorough literature review. A proposed framework for acquiring general and special collections that document the history of the academy and remain responsive to campus curricular needs, and a tutorial on object-based pedagogy that can underpin such arrangements, follow. And finally, there are thirteen case studies that provide concrete examples of how to move the needle towards sustainable efforts and away from one-off examples.

If special collections are destined to become the mainstay of the library, many more paths to deeper collaboration can and should be developed. Special collections and liaison librarian partnerships offer a good foundation from which teamwork can take root across administrative, physical, and cultural divides. This book addresses a gap in both special collections and liaison librarian literature, showing how librarians work together across library departments.

This book is also available as an Open Access Edition.

Anne R. Kenney

Kristen Totleben and Lori Birrell


Part 1. Research Chapters

Chapter 1. Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships: A Review of the Literature
Sarah M. Horowitz

Chapter 2. Framing Collaboration: Archives, IRs, and General Collections
Amy Cooper Cary, Michelle Sweetser, Scott Mandernack, and Tara Baillargeon

Chapter 3. Object-Based Pedagogy: New Opportunities for Collaboration in the Humanities
Nora Dimmock




Part 2. CASE Studies
Collection Stewardship

Chapter 4. Science Fiction at Georgia Tech: Linking STEM, Humanities, and Archives
Sherri Brown and Jody Thompson

Chapter 5. Artists' Books: A Collaborative Approach to Collection Development
Melanie Emerson

Chapter 6. Collaborative Collection Development and Community Outreach: Responding to Faculty Research
Lynn Eaton and Brian Flota

Projects, Research, and Exhibitions
Chapter 7. Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E.: Breaking Ground in Collaborative Pop Culture Curation
Anna Culbertson and Pamela Jackson

Chapter 8. Meaningful Alliances: Managing a Collaborative Exhibit about World War I
Jill Baron and Morgan Swan

Chapter 9. Collaboration in Translation: Revitalizing and Reconnecting With a Unique Foreign Language Collection
Katie Gibson, Carly Sentieri, and William Modrow

Chapter 10. Better Together: Embedding a Liaison Librarian in a Special Collection
Laurie Scrivener and Jacquelyn Slater Reese
Chapter 11. Expanding Our Reach: Collaborating to Lead a Volunteer Docent Team
Rebekah Bedard

Chapter 12. Developing a Primary Source Lab Series: A Collaboration between Special Collections and Subject Collections Librarians
Adam Rosenkranz, Gale Burrow, and Lisa Crane

Chapter 13. From Papyri to Penguin Books: A Collaborative Approach to Teaching the Transmission of Texts through Time
Alison Clemens, Elizabeth Frengel, and Colin McCaffrey

Chapter 14. AIDS Education Posters Translation Project: Special Collections in Language Learning Curriculum
Lori Birrell and Kristen Totleben

Chapter 15. OkstateShakespeare: Bringing Special Collections and Digital Humanities into the Undergraduate Classroom
Andrew Wadoski, David D. Oberhelman, and Sarah Coates

Chapter 16. Closing the Loop: Creating Deliverables That Add Value
Prudence Doherty and Daniel DeSanto

About the Authors



Kristen Totleben

Kristen Totleben is the Modern Languages and Cultures Librarian at the University of Rochester. She is the collections and outreach librarian for nine languages, Comparative Literature and Literary Translation Studies. Her research interests include working with special collections, critical visual literacy and organizational culture. She has an MA in Spanish and an MLIS from the University of Missouri.

Lori Birrell

Lori Birrell is the Associate Dean for Special Collections at the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include leadership development, organizational change and culture. She has an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MLIS from Simmons College, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester.