Managing the Collective Collection: Local Challenges, Global Opportunities

Richard Ovenden

Keeper of Special Collections
Associate Director
Bodleian Library
University of Oxford

16 March 2009

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Coffee and Pastries

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Presentation and Discussion

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Kilgour Building—Auditorium
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017-3395

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Managing even the most acclaimed collections in the context of regional and global advances in discovery creates tensions around access, use and long-term preservation. The need to continually balance local needs and budgetary constraints with the demands of a global, online research community drives creative new thinking around classic management challenges. In this presentation, Richard Ovenden will share insights and aspirations around the management of one of the world's greatest assets: the special collections of the Bodleian Library.

Background Information

Richard Ovenden is Keeper of Special Collections and Associate Director at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. A graduate of the Universities of Durham and London, he has worked as an academic researcher and a political researcher in the House of Lords, as well as a librarian in the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh before his move to Oxford in 2003. He holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Hugh's College Oxford, and Fellowships of the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries. He has written extensively on the history of ideas, the history of the book, and the history of photography.

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