Introduction to Public Services in Special Collections


Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

This course offers students a broad overview of the front-end functions of special collections librarianship: reference and public services; instruction; exhibition; and digital initiatives.

Course Information



1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Are you new to a special collections environment, or are you interested in moving in that direction? Learn how to encourage meaningful use of special collections.

This course offers students a broad overview of the front-end functions of special collections librarianship:

  • reference and public services
  • instruction
  • exhibition
  • digital initiatives

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 M. Katz

Robin M. KatzRobin 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 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.

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Special Session

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.


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