Research Collections and Support

Libraries are increasingly leveraging the raw materials of scholarship and knowledge formation by emphasizing the creation and curation of institutional research assets and outputs, including digitized special collections, research data, and researcher profiles. Our work informs current thinking about research collections and the emerging services that libraries are offering to support contemporary modes of scholarship. We are encouraging the development of new ways for libraries to build and provide these types of collections and deliver distinctive services. Our efforts are focused in the following three areas:


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Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives & Special Collections

By Chela Scott Weber

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting; Accessioning, Appraisal, and Acquisition Section

Developed by the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s (RLP) Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, Total Cost of Stewardship is a framework that proposes a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. The Total Cost of Stewardship Framework responds to the ongoing challenge of descriptive backlogs in archives and special collections by connecting collection development decisions with stewardship responsibilities. 

Topics: Research Library Partnership

The OCLC RLP Special Collections and Archives Work Agenda

The OCLC RLP Special Collections and Archives Work Agenda

By Chela Scott Weber

SAA Archives Records 2018 Conference
Washington, DC (USA)

OCLC Research has a long history of work in the area of archives, special, and distinctive collections in research libraries. Weber discusses the many areas of investigation we are doing in these areas and next steps for the work.

Topics: Archives and Special Collections