The Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Preconference (San Diego, California: June 19022, 2012) will explore a multiplicity of futures for the rare book, manuscript, and special collections community. How are special collections materials being discovered and used today? How will they be discovered and used tomorrow? Who will our users be, and what will they need? What forms will special collections materials take? Join us to learn, discuss, share, and contemplate. Now is the time to shape and prepare, because the future is now.
The Preconference will feature engaging plenaries, educational seminars, lively discussion groups, and dynamic short paper presentations. Plenary sessions will address three facets of our theme:
Use: Digital Humanities
Discovery: Linked Open Data