Special Collections

The Special Collections Community of Interest [COI] grew out of discussions by the BLC Board in 2012 and 2013 that acknowledge the growing importance of the role of special collections and archives in academic and research libraries.  The COI has focused initial efforts in two areas:

  • Conducting a census of current digital collection projects across the BLC member libraries to share information and look for common areas of need
  • Collaboration in creating a "collective" special colllection project, including collaborative grants to fund new special collections initiatives.

The Special Collections COI also identified ongoing training as an important focus for the group and an ArchivesSpace training was scheduled for October, 2014 for interested BLC libraries.


Membership in the Special Collections COI is open to librarians and archivists in BLC member libraries


The Special Collections COI meets irregularly, but usually at least twice annually including a meeting at the BLC Networking Day.