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Foreword

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Foreword

 

With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources has launched a multiyear program that addresses the challenge of cataloging hidden collections—those materials held in special collections, archives, and other restricted or relatively inaccessible settings. The program has two major dimensions: first, to identify hidden collections of potential value to scholars; and second, to address the thorny issue of cataloging such materials efficiently, effectively, and in such a way that the catalog records are available to scholars through the Web. In this paper, Lisa Spiro describes and analyzes some of the major technologies that are available to librarians, curators, and archivists and the implications of deploying these systems for existing workflows. We offer this report to the community with the hope that it will foster discussion as well as aid CLIR's evaluation of awards and articulation of lessons to be learned. Ms. Spiro has established a wiki at http://archivalsoftware.pbwiki.com/FrontPage. We encourage readers to contribute their experiences.

 

Amy Friedlander

Director of Programs

Council on Library and Information Resources

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