Library Trends 52 (1) Summer 2003: Special Collections in the Twenty-first Century


Library Trends 52 (1) Summer 2003: Special Collections in the Twenty-first Century. Edited by Barbara M. Jones.

In 1957 Library Trends devoted an issue to Rare Book Librarianship. Thirty years later Michèle Cloonan edited another issue on the same broad topic. While most of the issues raised in that volume are still current, the growing complexity of the world - and of course the world of libraries and archives-has made it desirable to revisit the whole issue of Rare Book Librarianship with an eye to developments in the profession since that 1987 Library Trends issue. Indeed, today we tend to think more broadly of special collections since archival materials are now sometimes even more frequently consulted than their “book brethren.” And, there seems to be an increasing interest in primary materials by a wider audience than the rare book world. It is probably no exaggeration to say that the profession has changed more in the last sixteen years than it did between the 1957 publication and the 1987 one.

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