This blog post is written by Philippa Bell. Philippa is Assistant Librarian (Cataloguing and Serials) at the House of Lords. She received Bruynzeel’s 2014 bursary to attend the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference.
Final Thoughts Making notes during the conferenceTo summarise the key points I learned at the conference:
- When creating a new space, you won’t always be able to get exactly what you want. Project managers should always fight for features they believe are vitally important, but should also be prepared to compromise.
- high-cost projects are not viable, options such as collaboration, and multi-staged refurbishment projects are worth investigating. Furthermore, new and renovated spaces can often generate external funding.
- There are sources available to help advise on building projects, and it is always worth consulting colleagues at other institutions who have had experience with similar projects, to give advice.
- No project will run entirely smoothly from beginning to end; projects are often time-consuming, and involve a major effort from all parties involved. Nevertheless, through the trials and tribulations, improved service provision and a demonstrable commitment to providing more appropriate space for both readers and collections will always be worthwhile.