The Echols Collection: Building on the Past, Collecting for the Future Past Lecture, Seminar, or Colloquium uri icon


  • Keeping up with all of the changes regularly occurring in the Cornell University Library can be a difficult task. As part of CUL, the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia has experienced many changes over the past few years, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. In some ways, the Echols Collection is a bastion of traditional collecting philosophies, such as continuing to build a comprehensive research collection while many other subject areas are moving much closer to a collect on demand policy. In other ways, the Echols Collection is at the forefront of change, as with our project to create an archive to ingest digital newspaper files directly from publishers. Maintaining traditional comprehensive area studies collection practices while adapting to modern technologies and budget realities has created a number of issues for the Echols Collection. The Curator of the Echols Collection, Gregory Green, will explain some of the recent changes within the collection and library and then open up for a discussion of how to best continue building the Echols Collection.