Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Paper Trails: The Social Life of Archives and Collections @UCLpress

Here's another interesting open access book just published by UCL Press, and this one can also be contributed to. It isn't really related to information literacy, but I couldn't resist blogging it. The book is Paper Trails: The Social Life of Archives and Collections https://ucldigitalpress.co.uk/BOOC/3/ the editorial team includes librarians and archivists, as well as academics and writers. It has 4 types of content, and I've given some examples with librarian authors (do look at how to contribute, if you think you might have  a story to tell!):
(1) Research Stories "Full-length research articles which encourage a focus on research stories to invite a reflective methodology, offering an inclusive and engaged commentary on the work involved in researching, ordering and preserving the past"
(2) Co-production "Outputs from projects in which non-academic, undergraduate and taught postgraduate audiences collaborate with others (collection professions, academics, members of the public, etc.) to create new work that is based on research collections."
(3) Collection Profiles "Shorter, descriptive or even narrative pieces that highlight items or collections of interest." Example: Historic Children’s Literature Collection by Catherine Dack
(4) Engagement "Reflective pieces that focus on a broad range of engagement activities, from the professional’s perspective. These can be case studies, or ‘think pieces’ on particular skills or techniques" Example: 'Giving Peace a Chance': Archives Engagement at LSE Library, by Debbie Challis & Daniel Payne
The book is part of the Academic Book of the Future: BOOC (Books as Open Online Content) project https://ucldigitalpress.co.uk/BOOC/
Photo by Sheila Webber: non-virtual books and programmes, 2021

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