Strategies for Advancing Hidden Collections

Over the period 2008-2014 and with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through its Cataloging Hidden Collections program CLIR awarded over $27.5 million to a wide variety of institutions in the United States and Canada to catalog collections of rare and unique materials. Drawing on lessons learned through that program, the advice of this project’s curriculum committee, and the results of a public survey issued in April 2016, CLIR is pleased to offer a new educational resource: Strategies for Advancing Hidden Collections (SAHC). Centered around a series of six 90-minute webinars, SAHC will ultimately also include a collection of references related to techniques and best practices for increasing the visibility, usability, and sustainability of collections in the gallery, library, archive, and museum community. The professional development webinars will be held over six weeks in January-February 2017. These webinars will be open to the public and can accommodate up to 100 participants each in real-time, and recordings of all six sessions will be made freely available on CLIR’s website following the presentations. Registration for the webinars will open in late 2016. A draft schedule for these webinars follows. (Please note this is subject to change prior to the time registration opens.) January 11, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET Where to begin: Basics of project planning for GLAM organizations Featured speaker: Angela Kipp, Collection Manager, TECHNOSEUM and Administrator, Registrar Trek January 18, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET Building resources and relationships: Determining what and who you need Featured speaker: Rosemary Pleva Flynn, Principal Librarian, Library and Information Services Team Lead, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota January 25, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET Making the most of people: Recruitment, retention, and recognition Featured speaker: Sarah Leu, Project Archivist, Historical Society of Pennsylvania February 1, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET Collection access: Describing, cataloging, and processing with the future in mind Featured speaker: Beth Knazook, Library Juice Academy and Queen’s University February 8, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET Overcoming project hurdles: Approaches to identifying and managing collection red flags Featured speakers: Jessica Bitely, Director of Preservation Services, Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC); and Yvonne Ng, Senior Archivist, WITNESS February 15, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET Closing the loop: Project assessment and leveraging goals for future planning Featured speaker: Ellen Ryan, Head of Special Collections and Archives and Assistant Professor, Idaho State University CLIR will continue to update this site as this initiative evolves. If you’d like to receive email notifications about SAHC and the Hidden Collections program, click here to join our mailing list.