Partnership meeting inspires Keio University to encourage access to special collections
In the video above, Keio University's Mita Media Center Manager Hideyuki Seki talks with OCLC Research Program Officer Jennifer Schaffner about how attending the OCLC Research Library Partnership "Past Forward!" meeting inspired Keio University Library to change the way it provides access to its special collections.
Librarians from Keio University Library in Tokyo changed the way they handle special collections as a result of what they learned at a 2013 OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting at Yale University. Keio University's Mita Media Center Manager Hideyuki Seki, Chief Executive Shigehiko Kazama and University Librarian Shunsaku Tamura attended Past Forward! Meeting Stakeholder Needs in 21st Century Special Collections, which focused on new ways to provide researchers with access to special collections.
Before attending the meeting, staff at Keio University Library were very protective of their rare books, focusing primarily on preservation and limiting access to them. But throughout the Past Forward! meeting, they heard other librarians talk about the benefits they experienced from providing their students and faculty access their special collections, and they saw firsthand how Yale University's Beinecke Library provides access to and beautifully displays its books. This led to a profound change in the way Keio University Library thinks about its special collections. As a result, Keio implemented changes to strike a balance between outreach and preservation. The library now encourage access to its rare books and special collections, which not only gives students and faculty a positive experience but directly contributes to the university’s scholarly mission.
For additional information about Keio University Library and the changes it implemented, see the OCLC member story, Collaborate with other libraries to inspire change.