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cataloging, special collections, discoverability, collaboration, communication, accessibility, workflows


The purpose of the article is to demonstrate how Binghamton University Libraries has changed the workflows and channels of communication between Special Collections and the Technical Services Department. Over the last two years these departments have worked to foster cooperative decision making in order to increase understanding of project priorities and allow for more efficient cataloging, leading to greater accessibility of Special Collections items. The article also looks at how this relationship can be expanded upon in the future, so that cataloging/metadata librarians and Special Collections staff and librarians can work together to create better access to materials.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Technical Services Quarterly on April 19, 2018, available online:



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