Special Collections

Special Collections currently incorporate traditional analog materials, digitized versions of rare items such as manuscripts and primary sources, and born-digital materials that may be useful to scholarship in the future. CNI has provided a context for the discussion of emerging trends that will help institutions innovate in this area. We also feature the use of Special Collections as resources in the curriculum and in projects where students and faculty work together with librarians on digital projects.

Recent Publications/Reports/Presentations by CNI Staff

“Special Collections at the Cusp of the Digital Age: A Credo” (December '09) Author: Clifford A. Lynch View Online View more information


“Medical Libraries, Bioinformatics, and Networked Information: A Coming Convergence?” (October '99) Author: Clifford A. Lynch View more information


Recent Project Briefings & Plenary Sessions from CNI Meetings

From Fragmentation to Reaggregation: Revealing a “Virtual” Medieval Library with Manuscriptlink (March '14)

Eric J. Johnson, The Ohio State University


The Journalism Digital News Archive (JDNA): Responding to Disruption (March '14)

Edward McCain, University of Missouri


Archivists and Activists: You Don’t Get to Non-Traditional Collections with Traditional Collectors (November '13)

Todd Grappone, University of California, Los Angeles
Sharon E. Farb, University of California, Los Angeles
Ali Jamshidi, University of California, Los Angeles


Developing a Customized, Extensible Application for Digital Collections (December '12)

Suzanne Thorin, Syracuse University
Sean Quimby, Syracuse University
Jeremy Morgan, Syracuse University


A Study in SCARLET (March '12)

Matt Ramirez, University of Manchester


Recent Videos

Cliff Lynch, Summary of “Special Collections Transformed by Technology” @ JISC/CNI ’10 (July '10) Speaker: Clifford A. Lynch

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