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Thursday, June 16 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Tapping Outside Interest in Special Collections: Collaborative Outreach Initiatives at Pitts Theology Library

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Increasingly, theological librarians’ work with special collections involves not only acquisition, cataloging, and preservation, but also outreach. Past research on special collections outreach in theological libraries includes studies on curricular instruction and exhibits. In the broader literature, there is also a growing emphasis on collaboration and comprehensive outreach programs that include work with K-12. There is a need for further research on collaborative special collections outreach programs in theological libraries.

This presentation will begin to fill that gap by exploring three recent collaborative outreach programs at Pitts Theology Library: (1) exhibits with contributions from local and international faculty, the Atlanta Grolier Club, and the Merton Center; (2) events with the Aquinas Center and Contemplative Outreach; and (3) instructional programs with docents, faculty, and K-12 teachers. For each program, we will look at implementation, outcomes, and lessons learned. We will then explore the benefits of partnership. We will argue that collaborative outreach is critical to our work with special collections and enables us to increase access, contribute to our educational mission, develop Friends groups, and improve our collections.

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Rebekah Bedard

Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, Pitts Theology Library
Volunteers | Rare books | Reference | Exhibits | Graphic Design | Information Literacy

Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:20am
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