Careers in Rare Books and Manuscripts: Frequently Asked Questions / Skills / Digital Interests
I enjoy working on digital projects and learning about Web 2.0 applications and issues. Would these interests be useful in a special collections position?
Yes. As noted in the ACRL/RBMS Guidelines: Competencies for Special Collections Professionals:
“Special collections professionals use the tools of information technology to manage collections and provide enhanced access to primary resource materials. As part of their mission to make their collections available to research communities and the general public, they explore, evaluate, and adopt appropriate technologies to achieve their goals. Working with rapidly changing information technologies requires them to be flexible, committed to continual learning, and able to collaborate with librarians and staff in other areas of the library and parent institution. Special collections professionals develop standards and best practices for the application of information technologies to functions relevant to their profession.”