The second of our blog posts on CCCU’s special collections and archives focuses on the ‘Historical Collection’.
Not many people know this, but we have a great collection of children’s books in the special collections and archives shelves in Augustine House. The collection contains some beautiful examples of adventure stories, mystery stories, annuals and school stories (among other things) – mostly from the late 19th-early 20th centuries. It’s well-worth a look for anyone interested in the history of books, publishing, children’s books/fiction, book art/making or illustration, as well as people looking at how children used to live, and of course what they read!
Background: open access in the humanities and social sciences
- Most humanities and social sciences research output is in the form of monographs, whereas the sciences mainly show their output in the form of journal articles.
- A monograph and a journal article are very different, and therefore have different ‘needs’ in terms of open access.
- Journal articles are usually written quite quickly and have a particular structure; they are written to fulfil a specific objective and are seen as a means to an end.
- However, in the humanities the book (monograph) is the principle research output. These are written over a longer period of time and are longer and less structured.
- The production of the book is the end in itself – its objective is to start a dialogue, not necessarily to provide answers.
The Wellcome Trust is the only UK grant awarding body to have made open access mandatory for monographs.
You’ve been given your module handbooks for the semester, and you have been told that you can find many of your course books in the library. But how are you going to go about finding a few books among thousands across three floors? Well, if you read on we have composed a fool-proof guide to finding those all-important books and resources.