Every archives strives to have an active, well-planned processing program, but achieving this is no easy task. How to Manage Processing in Archives and Special Collections breaks down what you need to know to establish or revitalize your processing program, delivering effective methods to help you succeed. This resource is packed with information about:
- Creating a framework for a processing program, including developing processing policies, priorities, and strategies;
- Managing the day-to-day work of processing assessment techniques;
- Implementing best practices and standards;
- Administering a patron-based approach to managing processing;
- Effectively assessing the demands for descriptions and item-level cataloging to make collections available more swiftly; and
- Applying standards in the adoption of trends and new concepts in processing and in handling outside demands.
Whether you manage numerous archivists, operate as one member of a processing team, or operate as a lone arranger, How to Manage Processing in Archives and Special Collections is your go-to guide for developing and managing a processing program. With an effective processing program in place, your archives will be better positioned to help users find the materials they need.
What Others Are Saying:
“This book is at its foundation a ready-reference book for archivists who want to manag[e] processing programs with thoughtful intention . . . Hackbart-Dean and Slomba ably present [strategies] without becoming bogged down in the minutiae of execution. In this regard, the book fills an important spot on the archivist’s bookshelf.”
—Susan Dick Hoffius, Medical University of South Carolina, Provenance, Volume 31, Issue 1
“Internationally accessible and good background reading to the issues. . . . The authors have achieved what they set out to do, that is produce a manual describing how to manage processing at both a practical and intellectual level, and they have provided scope for any archivist to make a processing review of their collections within an archive’s or institution’s own constraints.”
—Anne Barrett, Imperial Archives, Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association, February 2014