36 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 291 2017 should not be mindful of the security and integrity of rare and unique materials or of teaching how to handle them, but that they should interpret the library’s collections as interconnected. The implementation of a collaborative model should lead to increased awareness of roles, strengths, and responsibilities within and throughout the organization. Combining perspectives can lead to more creativity in projects, including the promotion of all collections and services. Increased exposure of users to library services and resources can facilitate inspiration, learning, synthesis, and knowledge production, which may lead to more library partnerships with faculty and students. Librarians who recognize and use one another’s expertise and experience provide users with a more well-rounded, consistent fabric of services with increased, cohesive exposure to both general and special collections. For example, consider the exhibit as a vehicle for collaboration and the transmission of knowledge. Exhibits, in their curation, research, and dissemination, can serve as an excellent outreach and educational tool between colleagues within the libraries as well as the communities they serve. Traditionally, special collections librarians and archivists have exhibited archival materials to educate and share with others. Approaches vary and can incorporate collaboration with scholars outside of special collections, faculty, students, collectors, and others. Working with liaison librarians can enable a lively, vivid point of intersectionality of expertise through their diversity of perspectives and the pairing of primary and secondary sources in the exhibition medium. The physical and/or digital coupling of special collections holdings with general collections items—such as books, articles, films, other media, and current research—creates for the exhibit viewer, participant, or co-creator an opportunity to better understand the nexus of the scholarly process. For a student, this can create a transformative learning experience in which they acquire a better understanding of the circuitous path
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