Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship

Instructor: Robin Katz

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Are you new to a special collections environment, or are you interested in moving in that direction? Learn why repositories collect what they do, how to best steward rare and unique holdings, and how to encourage meaningful use of special collections.

This course offers students a broad overview of the main functions of special collections librarianship through 8 modules:

  • what is special collections?
  • collection development
  • collection management
  • cataloging and processing
  • digitization and digital initiatives
  • exhibitions
  • instruction
  • reference and public services

Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • understand and respect established professional best practices, legal responsibilities, and ethical considerations in a special collections environment.
  • creatively re-imagine the role and potential of special collections libraries.
  • be able to exercise professional judgement and balance these impulses when evaluating existing libraries or proposing new initiatives.
Robin Katz

Robin M. Katz is a librarian, archivist, and educator who works to connect people to primary sources in meaningful and innovative ways. She is currently the Primary Source Literacy Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, a position she crafted after serving on the joint task force that authored the new Primary Source Literacy Guidelines. She co-created TeachArchives.org based on a groundbreaking US Department of Education grant she led at Brooklyn Historical Society. She has spent over a decade in special collections public services after receiving her MLIS from Kent State University and her BA from Brandeis University.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.