Senate House Library is one of the largest academic libraries focused on the arts and humanities, and social sciences in the UK. It holds a variety of primary and secondary literature as well as archive material on topics and eras ranging from medieval manuscripts to contemporary collections of poems, from personal archives to political pamphlets.
SASiety and SHL have started a collaboration to highlight the unique opportunities the library holds for researchers and students. How can we SASieans make the most of the library’s areas of expertise, its research strengths, and collection highlights? How do we navigate the collections? What do we want to see from them?
Who better to ask all these questions than the people who work with the collections every day? SASiety’s assistant blog editor Monja met up with the individual collection managers and librarians to get to know them and their collections a bit better. In the coming weeks, we will introduce you to SHL’s fascinating and rich subject areas.
During the next few months, we want to introduce to you how the library works. We will tell you some of the librarians’ secrets to the collections and we will give you a brief overview of how we actually acquire the material at the library.
Get actively involved in the conversation. Tell us what you think about the libraries role in current debates, what items should be highlighted more, what we can do to improve your SHL research experience!