Cullingford’s updated special collections handbook

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/02/2022


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The new third edition of “The Special Collections Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, has been revised and updated to reflect the growth and complexity of the environment in which special collections operate. It remains an essential resource for staff working with special collections in a wide range of settings, including academia, public libraries, and museums. Author Alison Cullingford thoroughly covers the essential principles, skills, and knowledge to manage special collections in any setting. Key topics covered include preservation, developing collections, understanding objects, emergency planning and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, security, legal and ethical concerns, cataloging, digitization, marketing, outreach, teaching, impact, advocacy, and fundraising.

Cullingford is Head of Library and Collections at Durham Cathedral, where she leads the team responsible for stewardship of the Cathedral's collections of medieval manuscripts, early printed books, archives, and objects. Previously she was Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, where she was responsible for over 100 collections of modern archives and rare books and also managed the Unique and Distinctive Collections project for Research Libraries UK. An active member of the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group and many other sector groups, she regularly presents at conferences, and blogs and tweets on the importance of the special collections librarian.

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