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Bringing Special Collections online - 3

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Library Services
Published date
08 September 2021

Introduction

Facilitating online access to Archives in UAL Library Services has been a focus since March 2020. We have developed a range of new practices and uses of technology to make our collections available while working online through lockdown. The collections have all moved online in different ways depending on their nature, the students’ and researchers’ aims, and the pedagogical needs. Week 3 in our series takes a look at the some of our Archives.

Archives online

Online content

  • Online Guides for induction, orientation and signposting
  • LiveChat service
  • VLE site for informal interactions and community building, including a weekly Mystery Object series, promoting online events and sharing recommendations
  • Online object-based tutorial service – show and tell objects in the collection via live streaming
  • SharePoint site for hosting our online resources and recommendation lists, so that students can access them independently and on demand and course teams can use and embed them in their teaching and practice.
  • Online workshops and teaching developed in collaboration with Fashion courses, including –
    • BYOO (Bring Your Own Object)
    • Fashioning Stories - focused on linking staff and students to fashion objects outside of LCF Archives, our Fashioning Stories programme explores the role that fashion objects play in films, fiction and non-fiction texts
    • Archives in Creative Practice series – A ‘making’ session designed to generate ideas and put them into practice, taking projects forward by, for example, making an image, object or proposal. Activities are contextualised by reflecting on specific examples of archives in creative art practice, and a short text-based discussion introducing archive theory.

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