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Journal Article

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Meredith R. Evans (2015): Modern Special Collections: Embracing the Future While Taking Care of the Past, New Review of Academic Librarianship, DOI: 10.1080/13614553.2015.1040926


As managers of special collections engage with evolving formats and technologies, it is imperative that these professionals remain well versed in papyrus, paper, and principles that inform archival work. The permanence of this content defines our past, informs our present, and shapes our future. However, a constricting interpretation of archival principles heavily focused on the “integrity” of recordkeeping drives collection managers further from the resources needed to do their jobs in this new age of archiving. Thinking in a non-traditional strategic manner can ensure continued collection development, access and relevance for the next generation.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Review of Academic Librarianship on 18/04/2015, available online: