Opening Doors to Hidden Collections

December 8–9, 2009, hosted by JoAnne Deeken and Millie Jackson

As discovery tools are overtaking the traditional catalog as the primary face of libraries, much emphasis is being placed on unique materials and hidden collections.

How do you define hidden collections? How would you describe them? How do you provide access to hidden collections? What are the roles, if any, of the traditional Technical Services and/or Collection Development departments in providing access to these hidden collections? Do new workflows or adjustments in staffing have to be made to accommodate the work?

Join the discussion. Help answer these question and pose others. We have the opportunity to reshape what a library is and does. Don't be passive. Become an active voice in creating change. Help us shape the future.

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JoAnne Deeken is Head of Technical Services and Digital Access at the University of Tennessee Libraries. She has been a librarian in Technical Services for 25 years and has worked at 5 different university libraries across the country. Most of her publications deal with the organization of technical services. She is an active member of ALCTS, having served on several committees and discussion (now interest) groups.

Millie Jackson is Associate Dean for Collections at The University of Alabama. Previously she was Head of Collections at Florida State University and held several positions in the library at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. She has published and presented on workflow and electronic resources. She is currently the chair of ALCTS CMDS Administration of Collection Development.