Special Collections Interest Group

To identify new opportunities for collaboration and access to primary source material located in member libraries, ASERL has begun developing a professional network for special collections librarians across the Southeast in addition to encouraging cooperation and partnerships among member libraries. As part of the development of new activities to bring together special collections professionals, this page contains links to special collection profiles compiled on each member library to promote collaboration between peers in shared digital collections and expanding professional development opportunities.

 In March 2017, ASERL endorsed the Keeper’s Registry Statement outlined in the white paper “Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record.” This endorsement led to the establishment of a Visiting Program Officer to explore opportunities for special collections professionals and greater communication among member libraries. This initiative strives to foster a new network of colleagues in ASERL with similar needs and interests. The initiative has three major aspects:

  • Collection Profiles gathered from site visits and interviews with administrators of special collections
  • Research Directory for professionals involved in the care and management of special collections in ASERL
  • Professional Development Survey to determine future professional development opportunities

Suzan Alteri, the VPO, will also develop an action plan for a collaborative exhibit exploring the history of African-Americans in the US as part of the 400 years of African American History Act.

The Special Collections Interest Group page is maintained by Suzan Alteri (Curator, University of Florida). Please email salteri@ufl.edu if you would like more information or have any questions or concerns.

Email aserl-spec-collections@aserl-lists.org to be added to the ASERL Special Collections listserv.

Collection Profiles:

University of Florida Special and Area Studies Collections