Special Collections Interest Group

ASERL’s Special Collections Interest Group was established in 2017 to encourage cooperation and partnerships among member libraries. A series of activities was undertaken in 2017 to bring together special collections professionals and libraries, in particular for shared digital collections and expanding professional development. Activities included site visits to 24 member institutions and a professional development survey to inform future webinars.

In 2019, the group offered two webinars on outreach and community engagement and donor relations, a disaster response survey and is planning a Shared digital exhibit to launch in Fall 2019.  See the Webinar Archive for recordings of these sessions.


  • Collection Profiles gathered from site visits and interviews with administrators of special collections
  • ASERL Disaster Response Survey (*.xls format) results from an information gathering survey on disaster supplies and response at member institutions
  • Shared Exhibit exploring the history of enslavement in the Southeastern US as part of the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans to the English colonies

The Special Collections Interest Group page is maintained by the co-chairs of the Special Collections Interest Group, Jessica Perkins Smith (Mississippi State University) and Tanya Zanish-Belcher (Wake Forest University).

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

University of South Florida Special Collections

University of Central Florida Special Collections

University of Alabama Special Collections

University of North Carolina-Greensboro Special Collections and Archives

Georgia State University Special Collections

University of Georgia Special Collections