Editor's Note

Richard Saunders


“A journal is rather like a hothouse plant,” I wrote in the Editor’s Note for the spring 2018 issue, comparing our professional publication to the living plants lining a walkway. “Part of an editor’s job is to look ahead, to see where the journal is growing and where there remains room for growth.” I saw an opportunity, a topical challenge the journal could meet and vacancy it could fill. Our professional literature has relatively little on the provision of academic library services in terms of Native peoples, marginalized populations, and others without privilege and virtually nothing—well, nothing, really—on special collections librarianship. Irene Owens’ 2001 article on challenges facing HBCU libraries and Susan Pevar’s tragic personal narrative of the closure of a special collection are virtually unique. The case study conducted by Sarah Kostelecky, et al. on three tribal college libraries is unique, the only article actively addressing special collections. Thus, that issue of RBM included a call for submissions for a thematic issue of the journal to be tentatively titled Minority Report: Practice and Issues beyond the Mainstream.

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