2010 RLG Partnership European Meeting

Moving the Past into the Future: Special Collections in a Digital Age
12-13 October 2010

St Anne's College, Oxford University
Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6HS
UK

As more commonly held materials are being digitized and becoming more ubiquitously available, a discussion about the shifting role of unique and rare materials is of vital importance. This symposium focused on: the impact of digital materials on collecting and scholarship; doing more with less; community involvement; evolving descriptive practices; responsible management of collections; the impact of "born digital;" and legal issues.

This meeting featured provocative and informative presentations and lively discussion about the future of special collections. It was free to staff from RLG Partnership institutions. Non-Partners were welcome to attend for a cost of £150.

Event outputs will be posted here in the near future.

Contact Merrilee Proffitt or John MacColl with questions.

Agenda

Day 1
Tuesday, 12 October

Time Event
10:00

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits

Location:
Foyer A Ruth Deech Building

10:20

Welcome
Welcome from OCLC Research by John MacColl and Merrilee Proffitt

Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre

10:30 Opening Address—Moving the Past into the Future: Some Guidance for Time Travellers
Richard Ovenden, Oxford University
  • slides (.pptx: 43MB/42 slides)
Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre
11:00 Moving the Past into the Future
Moderated by Jennifer Schaffner, OCLC Research
Alice Prochaska, Somerville College
  • slides (.ppt: 1.5MB/14 slides)
Kurt de Belder, Leiden University
  • slides (.pptx: 544K/28 slides)
Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre
12:00

Lunch

Location:
Foyer A Ruth Deech Building

13:00

Management of Collections: Working with Donors, Building Collections Now and for the Future
Moderated by Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research
Mark Greene, American Heritage Center

Stella Halkyard, Universtiy of Manchester Susan Thomas, Oxford University

Titia van der Werf, International Institute for Social History
  • slides (.pptx: 1.3MB/25 slides)
Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre
14:30 Afternoon Tea, Coffee & Biscuits

Location:
Foyer A Ruth Deech Building

Discussion Groups
  1. Moving the Past into the Future
    Location:
    Seminar Room 8

  2. Management of Collections
    Location:
    Seminar Room 9
15:30-17:00

Doing More with Less Panel
Moderated by Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research
Dennis Meissner, Minnesota Historical Society

James Eason, University of California, Berkeley Stella Butler, University of Manchester
  • slides (.ppt: 5.3MB/26 slides)
Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre

18:00-19:15

Drinks and Optional Visit to Printing Press

Location: Divinity School, Bodleian Library

19:30

Dinner

Location:
Foyer B Ruth Deech Building

Day 2
Wednesday, 13 October

Time Event
8:30

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits

Location:
Foyer A Ruth Deech Building

9:00

Special Collections and the Law
Moderated by Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research
Peter Hirtle, Cornell University

Tim Padfield, The National Archives

Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre

10:00

Break—Tea, Coffee & Biscuits

Location:
Foyer A Ruth Deech Building

10:30

Refactoring and Reframing Collecting in a Digital Age
Moderated by Richard Ovenden
David Pearson, City of London

Michael Moss, University of Glasgow
  • slides (.ppt: 434K/17 slides)
Nicholas Cronk, Voltaire Foundation

Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre

12:00

Lunch

Location:
Foyer B Ruth Deech Building

13:00-14:00

Discussion Groups

  1. Doing More with Less
    Location:
    Seminar Room 7
  2. Special Collections and the Law
    Location:
    Seminar Room 8
  3. Refactoring and Reframing Collections
    Location:
    Seminar Room 9
14:00-14:30 Wrap Up

Location:
Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre
15:00-16:00

Optional Tour of Merton College

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