[Coll_Collab] Follow-up on primary sources workshop
shae.trewin at yale.edu
Tue Nov 20 11:42:16 EST 2007
Dear Martha & List Members,
I very much enjoyed the recent Collections Collaborative workshop and
I came away with some good ideas to increase the use and awareness of
the scientific instrument collection on campus. Next time though I
would like to see an active object or sculpture collection (if any?)
to be included in the program because I believe that access issues,
handling and the pedagogical value of these collections are a little
different to the visual resources that were discussed in the workshop.
Regarding priorities, I am concerned about the current emphasis on
developing meta-data search programs for special/primary collections.
I think we are jumping ahead of ourselves: there are many important
but less well-funded and well-staffed collections on campus that
don't even have basic catalog records as yet. It seems pointless to
have a meta data search program when there is no data on which to
search. So as to priorities, I would like to see some of these
smaller collections receive better assistance so they can participate
in these bigger plans of which they too will benefit immensely.
At 09:44 AM 11/16/2007, you wrote:
>The Collections Collaborative workshop on the use of primary sources
>in teaching held last Friday was a useful first step toward
>encouraging interchange among ourselves and with faculty and
>graduate students. I'm hoping that we can continue some discussion
>about issues and suggestions raised at the workshop via this listserve.
>Please take a look at the attached notes from the workshop and
>respond to the list (or to me, if you prefer) with ideas or comments
>about how we can collaborate to facilitate the use of primary
>sources in teaching at Yale. If we were to take one or two steps in
>the coming months, what should be our priorities?
>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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