Community-based Collections, ARL SPEC Kit 347

From the news release:

ARL has released Community-based Collections, SPEC Kit 347, an exploration of collections that have been amassed not by one individual but by a collective, which may take the form of a museum, ethnic or cultural organization, or other diaspora group active in the documentation of its past. In addition to more traditional roles such as caring for the physical collection, in working with community-based collections libraries are navigating new territory with the integration and stewardship of these active and directly connected communities. An ongoing commitment to community engagement—with some level of shared governance or other collaborative activity to build, process, or publicize the collection—is often a key part of acquiring community-based collections. This study covers ARL member library activities that support community groups in the collection, documentation, and stewardship of their shared heritage, including public outreach and educational initiatives relating to the collection.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of collection descriptions, finding aids, community stewardship support structures, donor support opportunities, and job descriptions.

This is a very important publication by some of my lovely colleagues (Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler, Jessica Belcoure Marcetti, Rebecca Fitzsimmons, Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, and Sophia Krzys Acord) which covers how academic libraries are collaborating with other groups on community-based collections. The need for these collaborations continues to grow dramatically, and this is an important resource for institutions and individuals who are preparing to undertake a new collaborative community-based collection project. Congrats to the authors for this important work!

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