Sunday, 23 September 2012

Useful links from #rbscg12

Further to my reflections on the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group annual conference, 'Speaking Truth to Power', here are some of the useful webpages, projects and articles that were mentioned during the conference.

Collections currently or recently under threat

Collaborative digitisation projects

Other projects and libraries

New use(s) of library space


Blog post

Tools and resources

  • COPAC collections management tool: "Libraries are continually faced with difficult decisions about what materials to keep, what to remove and what to conserve. At the moment, identifying whether items are rare, or indeed unique, within the UK is a time-consuming and expensive manual process. Our goal is to look at how Copac can make a real difference for collections managers. By making Copac data work harder and building the prototype on top of its extensive database, the collections management tool can provide valuable information from the catalogues of the UK’s major research libraries alongside rare collections held in museums, scholarly societies and university special collections." 
  • Information about the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)

 Organisations, recognition and funding bodies



  1. Thanks for giving all these links - very useful, especially for those of us who could't go to the conference!