The Association of Research Libraries has released Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Working Group on Special Collections, formed in 2007, has released a discussion report that identifies key issues in the management and exposure of special collections material in the 21st century. . . .
The report includes overviews of and recommendations in three areas:
- Collecting Carefully, with Regard to Costs, and Ethical and Legal Concerns
- Ensuring Discovery and Access
- The Challenge of Born-Digital Collections
It highlights the need for research library leadership to support actions that will increase the visibility and use of special collections and promote both existing and developing best practices in the stewardship of special collections.