90 · Survey Results: Survey Questions And Responses
Please describe other method(s).
Used and Most Successful
Announcing the availability of collections to scholars as part of colloquia or symposia, especially for faculty or
researchers from other universities; holding special exhibits for faculty seminars on 19th century studies; digitization of
collections as part of scholarly electronic sites that are created in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, a
joint initiative of the Libraries and the College of Arts & Sciences.
Exhibitions and published exhibition catalogs, in print and online. Events centering around new research collections.
Exhibits, including online exhibits.
Hildene-Brown Lincoln Essay Competition for Providence Eighth Graders. The Brown University Library, as part of its
ongoing programming for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, co-sponsored in 2009–2010 a Lincoln Essay competition
open to all eighth-graders in Providence County. The Hildene-Brown Lincoln Essay Competition brings to Providence the
successful Vermont state essay program sponsored by Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, annually since 2006.
Listservs/group e-mails are most successful in advertising collections and programs; one-on-one contact at professional
meetings is effective; online posters, announcements on the library’s Web site also garner interest from within the
university and beyond. Many of our users are faculty/scholars/researchers outside of Rutgers.
Many of our exhibits are prepared by students in various courses (Canadian history, Public History, Visual Arts, etc.) in
collaboration with faculty and Benson Special Collections staff as part of the course assignment.
Our coordinator of special collections is also the campus historian. He does wonderful presentations for new faculty
about the history of the campus in which he also manages to work in information about the kinds of collections we have
in our special collections. He is a wonderful ambassador for us.
Our holdings are visible online and well known in the research community, so little additional outreach is needed to
bring people in. They come to us.
Phone contact, exhibits.
Brown bag and word of mouth, as previously mentioned.
Collaborating with faculty to create digital collections in their area of research and/or teaching interest.
Exhibitions and tours.
Making items and collections available for discovery through the library catalogue digitization projects.
Theme-driven podcasts from the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, which is part of Special Collections. Podcasts
promote and publicize oral history holdings and the mission of the Center.
We have digitized some holdings and made them available in the Online Archive of California. We host online exhibits
featuring Special Collections materials. We have online ﬁnding aids for all processed and some unprocessed collections.
The online ﬁnding aids are indexed by Google and cataloged in OCLC. We have recently launched UCIspace @ the
Libraries, a Dspace installation, which currently features born digital materials from one of our collections. We plan to