UTL Librarians gathered in the MacLean Hunter Room on August 21st for “Thinking Inside the Box: An Introduction to UTL’s Archival Holdings,” a talk hosted by archivists and librarians from The U of T Archives & Records Management Services (UTARMS), The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, and Media Commons. Attendees heard about key archival concepts, the kinds of archives and special collections collected by these 3 repositories and the types of researchers who have put these collections to use. Attendees were then able to interact with archival material from all three repositories and encouraged to think about their potential use for research, instruction and class assignments.
Universities are increasingly leveraging the value of their archives: to highlight their one-of-a-kind collections, encourage primary source research among faculty and students, build information literacy, foster relationships with alumni, and promote historical consciousness on the campus. Librarians have a critical role to play in ensuring the U of T’s archival resources are used and appreciated by the university community. This talk was just one step towards building bridges between campus archivists and librarians, to help further promote UTL’s archival holdings and increase their exposure across the campus.
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