Beginning in 2008, the College of Charleston Libraries have received three successive nationally competitive grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Recently CLIR published a new volume titled, Innovation, Collaboration, and Models: Proceedings of the CLIR Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Symposium, March 2015. The volume documents the capstone event to the seven-year Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grants were awarded to increase accessibility for collections of high scholarly importance. The College of Charleston Libraries succeeded in using these grants to process nearly 1,000 linear feet of collections documenting African-American and Jewish history and culture.
To talk about these projects with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Jewish Heritage Collection, faculty and staff at the College of Charleston Libraries participated in a national symposium last March. These multifaceted projects are highlighted in the new volume’s chapter, “Success Beyond Access: CLIR-ing the Way,” written by Harlan Greene, Head of Special Collections, Dale Rosengarten, Curator of the Jewish Heritage Collection, and Amy Lazarus, Processing Archivist. The authors share how the Libraries went beyond processing collections, to make these significant resources available to community stakeholders, students, researchers, and even non-traditional users such as tourists, through a collaborative process.
Harlan Green discusses the Avery Research Center’s leadership in South Carolina to preserve previously hidden or underrepresented histories and make them more accessible, both in the archives and online. Dale Rosengarten describes the persistent efforts that have contributed to the Jewish Heritage Collection’s remarkable success through campus and community outreach. Amy Lazarus provides examples of incorporating technology, such as participation in the Lowcountry Digital Library, into academic and community engagement.
To view the complete publication, “Success Beyond Access: CLIR-ing the Way,” and learn more about these projects, please click here. Congratulations to our authors for this publication!
Discover these once “hidden collections” and learn more about these initiatives of the College of Charleston Libraries online today!
- Avery Research Center Online Collections, Lowcountry Digital Library
- Jewish Heritage Collection Online Collections, Lowcountry Digital Library
- “The Life of the Synagogue,” College of Charleston Special Collections
- Rabbi William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection and Papers, College of Charleston Special Collections