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Professor Peter Pormann, Director of the John Rylands Research Institute, argues that Special Collections libraries must be vibrant communities of library specialists, humanities researchers and scientists in order to survive and prosper in a digital age.

Peter Pormann

Peter Pormann

In an article in Times Higher Education today, he attributes much of the Institute’s success to the effective partnerships between curators and scholars: “We make sure researchers who want to work on something in our special collections are embedded in a team and get a curatorial buddy. The curators who know the collections intimately can show researchers things they didn’t know. That marriage has already worked incredibly well on a number of occasions.”

Read the full article at: University of Manchester: Building an ‘arts lab’ fuelled by the appliance of science | News | Times Higher Education.