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Paper: The Astronomy Collections: From the Project to the Laboratory
Volume: 492, LISA VII: Open Science: At the Frontiers of Librarianship
Page: 243
Authors: Bobis, L.
Abstract: Within some astronomical libraries, just as it is with other libraries, there are collections we might refer to as being in “the border zone.” The materials most representative of this are those that relate to an institution's heritage and history. The challenges of these patrimonial collections are scientific, legal, economic, and political. These collections establish the scientific status of their respective libraries because they extend beyond meeting the needs of astronomers: the material is important in defining the history of the field. The influence of these libraries derives from these heritage materials. From this point of view, the library is a worksite and a laboratory for librarians, project managers, and researchers.
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