62 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
47. Please briefly describe up to three rewards of managing this community-based collection. N=36
Acknowledging and honoring the legacy of the 8th Air Force veterans through our outreach. Collaborating with
institutions and organizations preserving the history of the Mighty 8th. Facilitating original research and scholarship by
building collections in this subject area.
Being able to provide a way for the oral histories to be gathered and preserved. Being able to meet the volunteers and
students interested in assistance with this collection. Being able to meet members of the community.
Bringing wider attention to fantastic resource that documents our shared community/culture. Establishing a sustained
partnership with the community we want to engage with. Increased access to these collections for learning,
research, awareness.
Building new relationships and partnerships within community. Building a collection that will have research potential
and will be of interest to future generations of community members. Exceeding fundraising goal for community-based
event based on collection.
Care of materials that would otherwise be lost. Bringing together resources that illuminate the complexity/diversity of
the subject matter. Exploring library-museum mergers.
Close tie-ins with other collections. Preservation of the history of a longstanding community organization. Enhancing
ties between the university and the wider community.
Collections better reflect the local community. Developed community-oriented approaches to archiving. Learning best
practices for mass digitization.
Contributing to the development of students who are using this unique collection. Collecting the women’s heritage in
Canada and feeling it is important.
Documenting a unique community that will likely be more assimilated in the future. Understanding social and
cultural history.
Engaging researchers. Enabling student success. Preserving the past. (2 responses)
Engaging the USC community.
Enriching local history through contemporary collections (collections or records that are less than 100 years old).
Strengthening ties between the community and archives through stewardship. Acquiring that “thick description” of
social institutions and communities.
Fostered community relations in the Quad Cities area and increasingly throughout the state with Latinos in Iowa.
Catalyst to further research that led to recovery of previously unknown history not only of Iowa’s Mexican history but
also of significant aspects of Iowa’s African American civil rights history.
Frequent contact with members of the community. Opportunities to develop new skills for preservation and
arrangement. Opportunities to interact with a uniquely focused pool of researchers.
Increased community engagement. Broadens research topics supported by libraries. Preserves cultured heritage of a
diverse group of people.
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