Crash Course in Library Gift Programs: The Reluctant Curator's Guide to Caring for Archives, Books, and Artifacts in a Library Setting

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What do you do when you are offered any number of gifts including but not limited to artifacts, letters, historical documents, collections of pictures, postcards, arrowheads? This book helps you reject such offers (keeping the prospective donor happy) or add and maintain these in your collection so that they are useful and used. Since archival materials are not considered as the usual circulation materials, how and when to loan them is another question answered. You may also be able to get volunteers to help you ...

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Crash Course in Library Gift Programs: The Reluctant Curator's Guide to Caring for Archives, Books, and Artifacts in a Library Setting

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Overview

What do you do when you are offered any number of gifts including but not limited to artifacts, letters, historical documents, collections of pictures, postcards, arrowheads? This book helps you reject such offers (keeping the prospective donor happy) or add and maintain these in your collection so that they are useful and used. Since archival materials are not considered as the usual circulation materials, how and when to loan them is another question answered. You may also be able to get volunteers to help you at every step along the way when you are acquiring and restoring gifts.

Many librarians are recipients of a variety of gifts from members of the community. How to accept or reject these donations is a continuing problem for persons who work in public libraries and will be even more of a question when the librarian has little formal training in archival or preservation work.

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Editorial Reviews

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". . . creates a helpful compilation of materials in Crash Course Library Gift Programs. Throughout, she is charmingly and effectively humours, bringing refreshing practical suggestions to situations that often become complicated and unintentionally expensive for libraries."

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Catholic Library World

"Robert's humor makes the subject less intimidating to the novice. The book is an easy read and appropriate for its intended audience."

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Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585305
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Series: Crash Course Series
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN ROBERTS has a Bachelors of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music from Louisiana State University and a MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career indexing and abstracting an oral history project for the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section. She did cataloging at the Stephen Foster Memorial Collection at the University of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. She was Director of a local historical society in Colorado, and has worked in the Missouri State Archives since 2001. She has worked in two public libraries in Louisiana, and she taught "Managing a Local History Museum" for SJSU. Ann also teaches voice and has sung in operas.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 To Keep or Not to Keep? 1

Ch. 2 A Happy Home or a Final Resting Place? 13

Ch. 3 A Meaningful Life 47

Ch. 4 Be Prepared 85

Ch. 5 Relying on the Kindness of Strangers: Parent Organizations, Boards, and the Community 109

Conclusion Yet Another Reason You're Special 127

References 129

Appendixes 131

Index 135

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