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RBMS Manuscript & Other Formats DG Agenda for ALA Annual

Manuscripts and Other Formats Discussion Group (ACRL RBMS)

2017 ALA Annual

Saturday, June 24, 3-4 pm, Palmer House, Clark 07


Purpose: To serve as an open forum for discussion about topics relating to the curatorial management of manuscripts, archival records, and other primary research materials, usually in non-printed formats, including but not limited to photographic material, artwork, electronic records, and ephemera.


All are welcome, including first-time attendees, new members, and seasoned veterans!



  1. Welcome
  2. Introductions, including news sharing. What’s new in manuscripts, art, ephemera, etc. at your institution? (major acquisitions, processing milestones, etc.)
  3. Current suggested topics include:

a.  Bring us your stories (and photos!) of using manuscripts and other non-codex formats to address issues of narrative, representation, and memory in outreach and instruction.

Did you do a pop-up exhibit of University Archives material to bring past campus life to light?

Did you use in-class exercises for instruction sessions that help students understand the context in which manuscripts were created?

Have you featured a series of blogs or Tumblr posts telling the story of a manuscript collection?

Have you written a finding aid or catalog record that told an especially interesting story itself?

Have you come up with different or even better ideas in the same vein?

Come share them with us in Chicago!

         4.     Closing and Thanks


If you have images or links you already know you’d like to share with the group, please email them to Katie or Margaret in advance of the session.