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Past Forward!
Meeting Stakeholder Needs in 21st Century Special Collections


4-5 June 2013

This event has concluded. Video and slides from the event will soon be made available on the Past Forward event page.

Video and slides from this event will be made available on the Past Forward event page shortly. The webcast agenda is listed below.

Tuesday, 4 June (9:00 a.m.-4:35 p.m. EDT)
Time Day 1 of Past Forward! Meeting
9:00 a.m. Webcast Began

9:00-9:40 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Susan Gibbons, Yale University
  • EC Schroeder, Yale University
  • Jim Michalko, OCLC Research

9:40-noon Session 1: Managing Twenty-First Century Special Collections: Born Analog, Born Digital, and Born Difficult
New materials and formats challenge special collections managers to extend existing practices and concepts to include the new and different or to revise past practices and concepts to fit the old to the new.

  • 9:40-9:45 a.m. – Introduction – Jackie Dooley
  • 9:45-10:10 a.m. – Dave Thompson, The Wellcome Library
  • 10:10-10:35 a.m. – Erin O’Meara, Gates Archive
  • 10:35-11:00 a.m. – Michelle Light, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • 11:00-11:20 a.m. – Break
  • 11:20-11:45 a.m. – Reactor panel
    • Kevin Glick, Yale
    • Michael Stoller, NYU
    • Jim Kuhn, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Open Discussion
  • 12:15-2:00 p.m. – Break
2:00-4:35 p.m. Session 2: Repositioning Special Collections
Special collections are rethinking their administrative structures, practices, and institutional relationships to reshape the workforces, consolidate siloed service points to survive and thrive, and energize their host institutions.

  • 2:00-2:05 p.m. – Introduction – Karen Smith-Yoshimura
  • 2:05-2:30 p.m. – Rachel Beckett, University of Manchester
  • 2:30-2:55 p.m. – Mike Furlough, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2:55-3:20 p.m. – Robyn Holmes, National Library of Australia
  • 3:20-3:40 p.m. – Break
  • 3:40-4:05 p.m. – Reactor panel
    • Tom Hyry, UCLA
    • Ellen Hammond, Yale
    • Andra Darlington, Getty
  • 4:05-4:35 p.m. – Open Discussion
4:35 p.m. Webcast Ended for the Day

Wednesday, 5 June (9:00 a.m.-noon EDT)
Time Day 2 of Past Forward! Meeting
9:00 a.m. Webcast Resumed

9:00-noon Session 3: Connecting Special Collections to Key Stakeholders
Special collections must connect with all their stakeholders—readers, researchers, donors, vendors, funders, other departments on campus, other institutions—through promotions, outreach efforts, collaborations, partnerships, etc., to more effectively achieve their mission of having collections be useful and used.

  • 9:00-9:05 a.m. – Introduction - Jennifer Schaffner
  • 9:05-9:30 – Katherine Reagan, Cornell University
  • 9:30-9:55 a.m. – Kevin Gotkin, University of Pennsylvania
  • 9:55-10:20 a.m. – Liz Chapman, London School of Economics
  • 10:20-10:40 a.m. – Break
  • 10:40-11:05 a.m. – Reactor panel
    • Afelonne Doek, International Institute for Social History (IISG)
    • Sean Quimby, Syracuse University
    • Martha Diaz, NYPL
  • 11:05-11:35 p.m. – Open Discussion
11:35 a.m. - noon Summing up

noon Webcast Ended

These presentations and discussions will be recorded and will be made available online soon after the event.

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