Many libraries maintain a collection of special materials to support the teaching, research, and learning needs of the community they serve. In addition, the use of special collections to showcase a library’s rare, unique, or distinctive materials can increase its value and visibility.
Over the years, the Hong Kong Baptist University Library has been building a special collection of art objects including sketches, paintings, calligraphy, posters and rare journals to support its visual arts curriculum. These art objects are of value not only to faculty and students of visual arts but also to instructors, researchers, and students from other academic units such as history, languages, political science, communication, and religion.
This poster presents three very unique poster collections – Chinese Christian Missionary Posters, Chinese propaganda posters and Hong Kong travel posters. The poster will include samples of poster with description. It will present the workflow and challenges of collecting and preserving these posters. It will also present how the posters were used to support teaching and research activities.
The impacts of this poster presentation are:
1. Show the long lasting value and importance of the work of special collections to preserve cultural and intellectual heritage.
2. Improve competencies of special collections professionals
3. Promote this valuable collection to scholars, researchers, and librarians abroad who are interested studying art, politics, religion, and advertisement in China.