Please read on for news and more news from the land of Special Collections:
The Fashion Files have been cataloged, and are now searchable in our OPAC! This means that you can look up an item such as “lookbook” and know which designer’s folder will have one. There is also a new, detailed print index available for browsing on top of the Fashion Files. In addition, there are barcodes on each folder allowing us to now check out each folder to the patron in Millennium instead of entering the information into One Drive. The Special Collections Policies and Procedures guide has been updated to reflect this change.
Many thanks to Joel for managing this project, and to Kelly for her assistance with cataloging.
Going forward, please do not secure checkout cards to the archival sleeve of each magazine with paper clips as many of the bags have been punctured. Additionally, I found some cards attached to the cover inside the sleeve, which should also be avoided in the future as this can damage the magazine. As an alternative solution, I have placed each checkout card just inside the sleeve. Please store the cards for each issue this way instead, and make sure that no paper clips are left on the card after checking out an issue to a patron.
Special Collections Webpage: Coming Soon!
I am happy to announce that Special Collections now has its own webpage with brief descriptions of each collection. It is still in the final editing phase, but if you would like a sneak preview just follow this link:
A huge thank you to Heather for creating this page, and to Sean and Steph for their assistance in drafting the summaries.
We have some cradles now to hold open the rare books for viewing, as well as to use in future displays in the front cases. There are three different sized acrylic cradles in Room 664: one is at a table already, and the others are currently stored on top of the Desk Reference shelving toward the back of the room.
Gentle Reminder: Instructor-Led Tours
As many of you already know, with the start of the new semester we can expect visits from instructors who prefer to show their classes around the library without a library staff member. Some of these instructors may be new to AAU, or perhaps they have not been to the library since the creation of our new Special Collections department, so they may not be aware of our current policies and procedures for the different collections. Please be proactive and embrace the teachable moment when an unannounced, instructor-led tour arrives during your shift, and offer to show them an example from the collection they are interested in with a brief explanation of how these materials are to be handled and the loan rules.
As always, please let me know if you have questions at any time.