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Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections

Thursday, March 26, 2009


The ARL Working Group on Special Collections was charged by the Research, Teaching, and Learning Steering Committee in 2007 with advising it "on special collections issues on an ongoing basis. In this context, 'special collections' is construed broadly to include distinctive material in all media and attendant library services."

The Working Group has two interrelated priorities:
1. Identify opportunities and recommend actions for ARL and other organizations that will encourage concerted action and coordinated planning for collecting and exposing 19th- and 20th-century materials in all formats (rare books, archives and manuscripts, audio and video, etc).
2. Identify criteria and strategies for collecting digital and other new media material that currently lack a recognized and responsible structure for stewardship.

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