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

Archives and Digital Humanities (December '14)

Charlotte Nunes, Southwestern University
Mary W. Elings, University of California at Berkeley
Jen Wolfe, University of Iowa
Paul Soderdahl, University of Iowa
Tom Keegan, University of Iowa


Stewarding New York Public Library’s Audio and Moving Image Research Collections into the Future (December '14)

Ann Thornton, New York Public Library
Evelyn Frangakis, New York Public Library


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


Recent Videos

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

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