The Digital Age Comes to the Ivory Tower - <i>A visit to some public and private special collections

- by Susan Halas


Though some local libraries in a scramble to make space may throw out, give away or sell duplicates or unwanted contributions, this is seldom the case in the more rarified world of special collections. "We don't de-accession," said Minnesota's Hedin, "not even duplicates. Once we acquire it for our specialty it's here forever."

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LINKS & RESOURCES to the people and collections mentioned in this story:

Anthony "Tony" Bliss
Curator, Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts
Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley

Alice Schreyer
Director, Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library

Katherine Hedin
Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections
University of Minnesota Law Library

Lou Pitschmann
Dean, University Libraries, University of Alabama
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These are just two of the many special holdings and libraries at Alabama

Liza Kirwin,
Curator, Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution)
Washington DC and NYC

Gina Olaya
Director, Tribal & Public Relations
Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Oklahoma No web site

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