Subject and Special Collections Division Hosts First- Ever Day-Long Workshop

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May 1, 2008 by J. Johnson

Presenters: Steve Paschen and Nancy Down

Presenters: Steve Paschen and Nancy Down

The Subject and Special Collections Division (SSCD) was
pleased to sponsor its first-ever day-long workshop. In the
past SSCD has sponsored speakers and programs at OLC’s
conventions and regional programs. Hosting a day-long
workshop provided a special emphasis on special collections
and allowed attendees unprecedented access to two
dedicated professionals in the field of special collections.
This event, entitled “Making Special Collections Special: A
Project Management and Development Process” was held at
the Westerville Public Library on June 11. During the fist
part of the program, our two guest speakers laid out some
of the theory and practice behind special collections. After
lunch the attendees were divided up into four groups and
given five case studies to noodle over and come up with a
plan of action regarding the acceptance of a material to a
library’s special collections.

This workshop was presented by Nancy Down and Stephen
H. Paschen. Nancy has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English
Literature from Drew University, New Jersey. Her M.L.S. is
from Indiana University. For the past 16 years she has
worked at Bowling Green State University —originally as a
Catalog Librarian, then as the Popular Culture Reference
and Catalog Librarian, and, most recently, as Head
Librarian for the Browne Popular Culture Library. Stephen
earned degrees in Landscape Architecture (B.S.) from Iowa
State University, History (M.A.) from The University of
Akron, and Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S) from
Kent State University. He is currently University Archivist,
Assistant Professor in Libraries and Media Services at Kent
State University, where he has also taught an archives
course for the Kent State University School of Library and
Information Science. SSCD is grateful to these two
generous professionals for taking a full day to help us with
our milestone event. We also would like to thank the staff
of OLC, particularly the inimitable Wayne Piper for all of his
help and support leading up to this workshop. Twenty
participants took advantage of this program and provided
SSCD with glowing reviews. For example: “This is
absolutely the most fun class I’ve ever been to at OLC.
Useful too, but most of all fun!” The members of SSCD will
be evaluating this program in order to consider the
likelihood of future programs.

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