CERL Seminar 2017

Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Thursday 26 October 2017, 09.00-18.00

The downloadable programme is here.

Putting it together: Research Access for Hybrid Collections

As per CERL's mission statement our focus is on early printed books and manuscripts, and supporting researchers in their study of these materials. It has long been recognised that providing a historical context for the books, such as information relating to book production, their reception and provenance, is a key requirement.

In this seminar, the focus will be on the context for historical book collections offered by other exponents of European cultural heritage. The theme is offering research services through hybrid collections (i.e. books PLUS art, or museum objects, or archival materials, or all of the above).

Galleries, Museums and Archives will present their approach to offering integrated research services. We will be talking about the benefits to research, about branding the library/collection and enhancing its visibility (separately from the larger institute, or in combination with it). We will address issues such as arranging access and engaging with the researchers (a population possibly distinct from the larger institute’s regular audience). And we will look at running the library in terms of collection building in the context of the larger institution (or quite separate collection policies?) and training/recruiting specialist staff.

Book collections, archival collections and physical objects each contribute pieces of the jigsaw, ultimately revealing a view on our shared European past.

Seminar 2017 Programme

9:00 Registration and coffee

9:30 am Opening by Saskia Scheltjens, Head of Research Services, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and Ulf Göranson, CERL Chairman

10:00-12:00 Session 1 Chaired by Wim Hupperetz, University of Amsterdam

10:00 Richard Ovenden, Bodleian Library, Oxford
‘Gardens, Libraries and Museums: working together at Oxford’

10:30 Geert-Jan Koot and Saskia Scheltjens, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
‘Highlights and Challenges of the Rijksmuseum Research Library’
Koot Presentation
Scheltjens Presentation

11:00 Catherine Yvard, National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
‘The V&A: an ace library, with quite a nice museum attached’

11.30 Anne-Elisabeth Buxtorf, INHA
'Making new with old, the salle Labrouste challenge'

12 noon – 13.30 Lunch, plus visit to the Cuypers Library Hall

13:30-15:00 Session 2 Chaired by Pierre Delsaerdt, University of Antwerp

13:30 Marike van Roon, Special Collections University of Amsterdam
‘Towards Allard Pierson in 2019: integrating the Allard Pierson Museum and the University of Amsterdam’s Special Collections’

14:00 Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, MAK–Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst
‘Understanding the future means know the past. Rare Books for public access at the MAK Vienna’

14:30 Per Cullhed and Cecilia Winrow, University of Uppsala
‘Bookbindings and Provenances in Alvin’

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-18:00 Session 3 Chaired by Claudia Fabian, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München

15:30 Veit Dinkelaker, Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum, Frankfurt
‘The world beyond the text - artefacts, media and interaction at the Bibelhaus Frankfurt’

16:00 Gudrun Bucher, Asch-Sammlung, University of Goettingen
‘Coins, Shells and Exotic Garments – virtual reconstruction of a late 18th Century University collection’

16:30 Michael Little, National Archives, Kew, London
‘The Library at the National Archives : a door into a complex archive collection’

17:00 – 18:00 Summary and discussion, followed by drinks reception sponsored by Brepols Publishers

19:00 Dinner