Bridging the Internal Gap: Special Collections and “In-Reach”

Charlotte Priddle

Abstract

Over the past decade, special collections professionals have attempted to break down barriers and attract new and different patrons through outreach programs to undergraduates, high school students, community groups, and others as a means of broadening our reach, widening the appeal of our materials, and ensuring our continued existence and relevance in an increasingly digital world. Our success at this endeavor can be seen in the ever-increasing rise in collaborations between faculty, students, and other members of our diverse communities written about and reflected upon in the literature.1 But while we have accomplished much with external audiences, it seems we . . .

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