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Friday, October 12 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Collaboration: The Cornerstone of the "New Special Library"

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Seven years ago both Kathy and Janice presented a session at MLA about the role of the special Library as an "information commons" within a landscape arboretum and an art museum. Over the past few years, collaboration has become one of the most defining features for the way that these Libraries work. As cultural heritage institutions assess what culture means for today's audiences, so the Libraries in these settings must also have an understanding of the broader cultural environment. And for special libraries, this means that collaboration, outreach and creativity must become prime components of the Librarian's toolkit in working with others in order to advance the mission, vision and strategic vision of the institution as a whole.

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Kathy Allen

Librarian, Andersen Horticultural Library
Librarian, Andersen Horticultural LibraryKathy Allen began her professional career with library consulting in the Washington, DC, area, followed by an eight-year period as Agricultural Librarian in Malawi, Africa. On returning to the U.S., she served for a dozen years as Plant Sciences... Read More →
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Janice Lea Lurie

Head Librarian, Minneapolis Institute of Art
I began my 32 year art museum library career at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY as an Assistant Librarian/Archivist and then was later promoted to Head Librarian. For the past 20 1/2 years I have been working as a Head Librarian at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am CDT