[Coll_Collab] Symposium follow-up

Martha L Smalley martha.smalley at yale.edu
Tue May 29 16:39:14 EDT 2007

Thank you again to those who participated in the May 17th Collections 
Collaborative symposium 
(http://www.yale.edu/collections_collaborative/symposium.html) and 
who have contributed to the post-symposium wiki 

Based on the comments posted on the wiki, I can see four areas in 
which the Collections Collaborative could make concrete progress 
during the coming year:
1) Development of a mechanism for improving communication about new 
accessions or newly processed collections (and perhaps also 
communication about "instruction" activities.)
2) Development of more dynamic subject-related guides that include an 
emphasis on primary source material, perhaps with faculty and 
classeV2 connections.
3) A cross-collection search mechanism
4) Biannual forums related to primary sources at Yale, with faculty 
and graduate student involvement.

A couple of these areas are already being addressed by re-grant 
projects, particularly the cross-collection search project (WWI Phase 
2) and the cross-collection subject guides for special collections, 
but I would like to propose the formation of two task forces as follows:

1) Task Force to investigate/develop a mechanism for improving 
communication about new accessions or newly processed collections. 
(See the comments under (a) at 
http://collectionscollab.pbwiki.com/break-outsessions for more 
detail.)  If you would like to serve on this task force, please let 
me know (having checked with your supervisor as appropriate.)

2) Task Force to re-imagine/refresh the pages found at 
http://www.library.yale.edu/instruction/primsource.html and 
investigate ways of making this information more accessible.
The following people have already volunteered to help out with the 
"Primary Sources at Yale" web pages: Kathryn James, Diane Kaplan, Jen 
Pollock, Mike Widener.  If you would like to join this group, please 
let me know.

We will plan another forum for the fall.  I'll be soliciting ideas 
for that later in the summer.


Martha Lund Smalley
Special Collections Librarian / Curator of the Day Missions Collection
Yale Divinity School Library
409 Prospect St.  New Haven, CT 06511
Phone 203 432-5289  Fax 203 432-3906
Martha.Smalley at yale.edu 
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