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Doors Wide Open: Advancing Inclusive Access to Special Collections
Any search of library or education literature for the term 'library anxiety' reveals a decades-long effort to alleviate the reluctance in user populations, particularly students in higher education, to seek assistance from a librarian or to view the library as approachable or comprehensible at all. This phenomenon is perhaps even more acute in the case of special collections and archives, in which patrons often sense (and the environment can imply) an off-putting air of exclusivity, privilege, and being reserved only for 'serious researchers'. In an era in which institutions are being compelled to address their historical lack of inclusiveness, how can special collections and archives break down these barriers, perceived and actual? How can the broad diversity of the student population be successfully welcomed virtually and in person, and encouraged to engage with primary-source materials?

Mar 4, 2021 10:30 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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