• Leveraging Local Networks and International Partnerships in Japanese Collection Development

    Author(s):
    Molly Des Jardin (see profile) , Michael P. Williams
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Library & Information Science
    Subject(s):
    Academic librarianship, Collection development, Special collections, Japanese studies, Military history, Naval history, Collaboration, Academic libraries, Area studies
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    international collaboration
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/rpb9-ec27
    Abstract:
    This chapter details the development of the Penn Libraries’ Japanese Naval Collection, from its inception in a student’s scrapbook discovery to the iterative process of searching for and purchasing Imperial Japanese Navy Training Fleet materials and related items. It also encompasses promotion of the collection online by making digital facsimiles available and posting about its context and import on social media. Des Jardin and Williams re-envision the acquisitions, cataloging, digitization, and promotion process as the result of a network of individuals (both inside and outside the library) collaborating toward a shared vision of special collections. They integrate processes rather than functioning as a unidirectional assembly line in which component parts can be be passed down a pipeline. Through a network of individuals who share their complementary but unique skills and knowledge, formerly compartmentalized area studies materials can be more cohesively unified into a global collection and enhance the value of the library’s distinctive special and research collections in an increasingly international context.
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    11 months ago
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