Friday, March 8, 2013
Key findings:
· The top challenges for archives and special collections in the UK and Ireland are outreach, born-digital materials and space
· Alignment of special collections with institutional missions and priorities is an ongoing challenge
· The special collections sector is undergoing a major culture shift that mandates significant retraining and careful examination of priorities
· Philanthropic support is limited, as are librarians' fundraising skills
· Use of all types of special collections material has increased across the board
· Users expect everything in libraries and archives to be digitized
·One-third of archival collections are not discoverable in online catalogues
· Management of born-digital archival materials remains in its infancy

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