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Can You Handle It? Using Special Collections in Research

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University of Dundee

Nethergate

Dundee

DD1 4HN

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“Original contribution to knowledge” is the founding principle for any PhD, and for arts and humanities students in particular, this means heading back to original sources, often into the archives.

This symposium will equip attendees with the skills and knowledge to defeat “library anxiety” in special collections by confronting the alien world of the archive reading room and talking, literally, about how to handle those documents.

It will allow researchers to approach material in a variety of repositories confidently and efficiently, safe in the knowledge that their handling of such materials won’t prevent their use by future generations.

This event is open to all arts and humanities PhD researchers at any Scottish HEI. A limited amount of SGSAH-funding is available to reimburse travel expenses.

**Numbers are limited and booking is essential**

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13:00 Participants arrive

13:10 Introductions and outline of the afternoon

13:20 Group discussion: Your experience of approaching special collections material so far.

14:00 Panel session: Addressing issues raised in the group discussion

Chair: Erin Farley, PhD Student, University of Strathclyde and Dundee Central Library

15:00 Refreshment Break

15:15 Physical Handling Session

Introduction to handling rare materials of different media including rare books, newspapers and photographs. Led by Caroline Brown, University Archivist and Joint Assistant Director, Culture & Information, University of Dundee.

16:00 Reflection

16.30 Wine reception

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