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Collections Management: Share the Experience @ Edinburgh 29th June 2018

The fourth national Collection Management event was hosted by the University of Edinburgh Library on 29th June in the beautiful Edinburgh sunshine!  It was another day of fascinating presentations, a really thought provoking breakout session and plenty of discussion and debate.  The success of these events lies as much in the connections and informal discussions between delegates as in the range of formal sessions.  To me, there is definitely a sense that a professional community of practice has developed around collection management with these events as a focus.

The 5th event is already in the pipeline, probably to be held in the summer 2019, so keep an eye out for announcements on the mailing list.

In the meantime, the presenters at CM@ Edinburgh have kindly agreed to share their presentations below:

Hannah Mateer, University of Edinburgh  Collections management at Edinburgh

Anna Grigson, LSE Making an exhibition of our shelves: engaging users with print collections

Amy O’Donohoe, Royal Holloway, University of London Data collection for collections management Plus Slide Notes

Karen Thomas, Suzy Cheeke, Jan Davey, University of Bristol Breakout session: The decision tree and collection management plus summary of themes which emerged from discussion during the session.

Ian Jennings, University of Leeds  Collections management at Leeds


Jill Evans, SCURL

Jane Daniels, WHELF

Matt Wigzell, White Rose

Suzy Cheeke, GW4

Dr Nick Barrett, University of London Libraries

Diana Massam, National Bibliographic Knowledgebase

Kevin Wilson, LSE How do our collections support and reflect teaching and research at LSE

Collections Management: Share the Experience @ Hull 7th September 2017

The University of Hull Library hosted a third national Collections Management event on Thursday 7th September.  As UK City of Culture 2017 it was a great time to visit the city and another stimulating and lively day was had by all.  Thanks to RLUK for administrative support.

The presenters have all kindly agreed to make their presentations available:

Neil Grindley & Bethan Ruddock, Jisc The National Bibliographic Knowledgebase: project update

David Morgan, Royal Holloway, University of London Project Management in Libraries

Ruth Elder, University of York Applying a collections categorisation framework at York: a pilot project at the University of York

Hannah Mateer, University of Edinburgh Collections Rationalisation at the University of Edinburgh

Vanessa McHugh, University of Manchester From here to posterity: managing low use collections at the University of Manchester

Maggie Sarjantson & Lisa McFarlane, University of Hull From Spa town to City of Culture: decommissioning a campus library

Collections Management: Share the Experience @ Bristol 2nd February 2016

The second national Collections Management event was hosted by the University of Bristol Library, in association with Jisc, RLUK and SCONUL.  It was a popular and  successful event stimulating discussion and debate from delegates representing the Collections Management community.

Presenters kindly agreed to make their presentation slides available as follows:

Jo Aitkins (University of Leicester), Chloe Barnes (University of Sussex) and Anna Grigson (LSE) took part in a panel discussion following on from themes raised at the York event.  Jo and Chloe produced slides on Gifts and Collection Management Policies respectively which are available here: Bristol Panel Slides.

Slides from the subsequent presentations are available as follows:

Neil Grindley, Jisc From Strategy to Solutions a National Bibliographic Knowledgebase

Frances Machell, University of Birmingham Eating the elephant: reclassification and preparation for a major library move

Laurence Bebington, University Of Aberdeen  Loosening the Bounds of Copyright and Licensing: How Recent Reforms to Copyright can Facilitate Better Collection Management and Access

Collections Management: Share the Experience @ York 7th July 2015

This inaugural event, hosted by the University of York Library in association with Jisc, RLUK and SCONUL was a very successful opportunity for the Collection Management community to meet, share good practice and discuss common issues and activities.

Presenters have kindly agreed to make their presentation slides available as follows:

The Dark Art of Managing an External Store Jo Aitkins (University of Leicester)

Developing and implementing a Library Collections Policy to deliver and support ‘more’ Laura Shanahan (University of Edinburgh)

Collections analysis at University of St Andrews Helen Faulds (University of St Andrews)

Collection development or data driven content curation? Rachel Kirkwood (University of Manchester)

Collaborative Collection Management: SCURL’s experience Richard Parsons and Jill Evans (SCURL)

WHELF: Collections Management Collaboration within Wales Mark Hughes (Swansea University)

4 thoughts on “Community

  1. Thank you for posting this – fascinating stuff!
    I just wondered if anyone has any comments about the cataloguing & metadata requirements for realising the schemes mentioned in the presentations?

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