Special Collections in the ”Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library of Iași. Methods of documentary recovery for the historical research Cover Image

Colecții speciale ale Bibliotecii Centrale Universitare „Mihai Eminescu” din Iași. Metode de valorificare documentară pentru cercetarea istorică
Special Collections in the ”Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library of Iași. Methods of documentary recovery for the historical research

Author(s): Roxana Ploscaru
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Library and Information Science, Classification
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: special collections; deposits; catalogues; Iași Central Library;

Summary/Abstract: The present approach reveals the advantages of transferring on computerized support the resources essential for the historical research. A first stage in this direction should be represented by the digitization of the most important bibliographic tools and the most used and requested collections of documents. The collections of the ”Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library of Iaşi bear old and rare books, manuscripts and other inedited documents (personal archives), which form a rich documentary fund, extremely precious for the historical research. This fund of patrimony, which must be conserved by specific methods, may become even more accessible, without being damaged, to the interested user. Among the solutions suggested for this issue, one has already been set as a strategic direction. The transfer of the written national cultural heritage on digital format and its online opening to the public, as mentioned in the Strategy of the Ministry of Culture and Cults regarding public reading and reinventing libraries (launched in 2005) was accomplished through an online catalogue, The National Digital Library. This initiative is part of a new vision, already experienced in the United States and Western Europe, where academic libraries had to meet the readers’ desire for information. For the history researcher, including undergraduates, master and doctoral students, the collections of manuscripts and old books in the ”Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library of Iaşi constitute a documentary support less explored. We believe that the judicious use of this precious documents can be done through a partnership among the ”Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library of Iaşi, the Faculty of History of the ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi and the Museum of the University, for a controlled selection and multiplication of the documents in the above mentioned collection and for a facile access for research.

  • Issue Year: 2/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 261-268
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Romanian