Here’s a quick update on project progress! It’s a year since I started work on this project. It has been incredibly interesting – I’ve learned so much and I hope that I can pass some of this on. I’ll reflect more on this things later on.
We have a Board meeting tomorrow, which will discuss draft seven to see how much more work is needed. The meeting will also focus on the recommendations in the report and on ways to take the project forward beyond its publication.
I spoke about the project at a recent conference: the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group annual study conference. This year’s event, Speaking Truth to Power, was all about advocacy – perhaps the greatest challenge facing special collections curators in these difficult times. This project is also all about advocacy: making the case for collections to library directors, and in turn helping them make the case to vice-chancellors and other key people. My talk (which I will put online at some point) tried to share some of the most important findings of the project so far, along with more general reflections about advocacy and power in our sector. I think I was able to highlight some new ideas for people to take away and ponder e.g. working with local creative industries. More about the conference on my blog.