Connecting Users to Archives and Special Collections Through Resource Sharing

Date(s) - 09/11/2014
All Day



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Borrowing and lending older materials, materials in specialized formats, and rare or delicate materials have long presented a challenge for resource sharing departments.

In this two-hour course, we will review best practices for borrowing and lending these types of materials as defined by the ACRL/RMBS Guidelines for the Interlibrary Loan of Rare and Unique Materials. We will then explore new technology that is available to better facilitate these resource sharing transactions. The class will conclude with a review of reference tools designed to help one more quickly and efficiently find items that are already digitized, including rare books, manuscripts, maps and more.

After this class, students will be able to:

  • Define best practices for borrowing and lending rare and unique materials
  • Recommend technology solutions to assist with interlibrary loan transactions with rare and unique materials
  • Find rare and unique materials in digital collections

Originally broadcast June 18, 2014. 

Biography ~ Russell Palmer

Russell Palmer is the Supervisor of Professional Development at LYRASIS. He writes, teaches, and speaks on a wide range of topics, including resource sharing, reference and information services, collection development and information literacy. Russell previously worked as Instruction and Outreach Coordinator at Mercer University. Russell has been invited to speak at state, regional, national, and international conferences, including LOEX, LOEX of the West, and the Reference Renaissance. He earned his MLIS at Florida State University, and his AB in English at the University of Georgia.


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