An update on the Special Collections staff changes we shared with you back in October.
We are delighted to welcome our new archivist to the University! Julie Parry will start work in January. She is highly experienced and has worked with lots of modern, radical archives at the People’s History Museum, where she is senior archivist.
Alison (who writes this) leaves the University at Christmas to take up wonderful role at Durham Cathedral. Martin is now settled into his new subject librarian role though still continues to be involved with Special Collections and will help Julie to settle in. Our Project Archivist, James Neill, finishes on the 30th November. He has done a fantastic job in cataloguing and promoting the complex Calvin Wells Archive and we are very grateful to him for all his efforts.
We are hopeful that we can offer a fairly seamless transition to new opening hours and arrangements in 2019 once Julie has started. However we are not yet able to confirm exactly how our new service will operate. Please therefore continue to inform us by email email@example.com if you are interested in making a booking for 2019. As soon as new hours are agreed, we will be contacting interested parties to offer appointments. Apologies for any inconvenience. We believe it is better not to take firm bookings than to risk disappointing people whose bookings we cannot honour.
The latest news on the Floor 02 toilets: the likely start date for the building works is 30 March, finishing in mid-May. Readers with appointments in Special Collections during this time will need to use toilets on other floors and we may experience some disruption from the works (though most demolition and other noisy work will take place out of hours). Apologies in advance!
Special Collections is closed 24-29 November 2011 (possibly also 30 November if UCU strike goes ahead). This is because I am in London for various meetings and conferences and currently have no staff cover. I will see email from time to time (dongle permitting), so do contact me and I will do what I can to help.
Our recent re-organisation of the Special Collections Reading Room and printed book storage went ever so well, thanks to careful planning. Thanks to John Brooker, the Special Collections Assistant, for his attention to detail and hard work which made it all go so smoothly. Thanks also to our readers and enquirers who bore with us patiently while we did the work.
Our reader spaces are now much less cramped. We have room to run bigger outreach events, room for growth of key printed book collections, and much better storage for particular books, especially the oversize collections (i.e. the BIG books!). More improvements are planned for the future …
If you have visited us in person and have suggestions on how to improve our facilities for you, please comment on this blog or contact us.
It’s a bit early to offer season’s greetings etc, but I thought I would share our opening hours for the Christmas vacation to help anyone planning to use our services during that time. Special Collections will be closed from 24 December 2010-4 January 2011 inclusive. Note also that our services will be very limited during the week commencing 20 December. Apologies for any inconvenience!