Building and Managing Special Collections Within the Public Library

In this presentation, we will discuss the managing and developing of special collections within a public library and the steps to undertaking such projects. Attendees will also be able to learn about the distribution and logistics of special collections, their sustainability, and working with multiple stakeholders.

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Oct 21 2023


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm




  • Elisa Anais Garcia
    Elisa Anais Garcia
    Supervising Librarian, MyLibraryNYC Collections, New York Public Library

    Elisa Anais Garcia is the Supervising Librarian of the MyLibraryNYC Collections at the New York Public Library in partnership with the New York City’s Department of Education and the three public library systems of New York City. Elisa is deeply committed to creating diverse, accessible, and equitable collections for all readers and reading abilities and celebrating cultural heritage through literacy.

  • Shauntee Burns-Simpson
    Shauntee Burns-Simpson
    Associate Director, Center for Educators & Schools, The New York Public Library

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    Shauntee Burns-Simpson (MLIS) Immediate Past-President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She is the Associate Director for the Center of Educators and Schools at the New York Public Library. An ambassador for libraries and youth librarianship, Mrs. Burns-Simpson enjoys connecting people to the public library and its resources. She works closely with at-risk teens and fosters a love of reading & learning with her innovative programs. In addition to her work with BCALA, she chaired the American Library Association Office of Diversity, Literacy, & Outreach Services (ODLOS) Committee on Diversity.