Handling Harvard's Special Collections

Wanted to draw your attention to this very well-done, under-5 minute video, Handling Harvard’s Special Collections, posted on YouTube. The video is a collaborative effort among Houghton Library, the Weissman Preservation Center, and the Harvard College Library Communications Office, and the stars are James Capobianco and Pamela Spitzmueller. I watched it, and learned from it. And I didn’t wince once during the viewing (a rare and wonderful thing to be able to say about a library-produced video).

As noted in the e-mail announcement about it, the video is scripted so that it’s not related to any one library — these are best practice techniques that anyone should use in handling special collections materials. Kudos and thanks to my colleagues for this practical and informative production.

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Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at claguard@fas.harvard.edu, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.