On the 3rd of August a group of seven archivists and librarians from the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG) came to visit Archive Services and Special Collections to learn more about how we operate and to see what kind of facilities are on offer to staff and students who wish to consult archives, manuscripts and rare books for research purposes.
Their aim was to undertake benchmarking observations on ‘best practice’ procedures in operation at the University of Glasgow in preparation of a few logistical changes which will affect the group in the next year when their Special Collections department (including Archives) moves into a new research building for Humanities and Social Sciences.
The group were given tours of Special Collections and Archive Services and engaged in group discussions with members of staff from both departments about a variety of different topics, such as electronic catalogues, searchroom and public services, storage facilities, management and policy issues, and the use of blogs and other Web 2.0 facilities to promote our work.
The members of the group thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the University of Glasgow and were impressed with the services on offer here for staff and students. We look forward to hearing about the developments of their new Special Collections and Archives facilities in the coming year.