Implementing "More Product, Less Process" #0157


Mon, May 17, 2010
Columbia Theological Seminary
Decatur, GA

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: April 17, 2010

Co-Sponsor: Society of Georgia Archivists


Lodging & Travel Information

Holiday Inn Decatur Conference Plaza
130 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

Additional details

Workshop Fees

Registration Type Fees: Early-Bird / Regular

Full Registration #0157

SAA Member $185 / $235
Employees of Member Institutions $210 / $260
Nonmember $235 / $285

Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Implementing "More Product, Less Process" #0157

Mon, May 17, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Jennifer Meehan (Instructor)

General CEU Credits: 0.75
Archival Recertification Credits: 5

Workshop Description

Backlogs don’t have to weigh as heavily as they do! Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” and learn as you share information and experiences with your fellow workshop participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks. This array of topics is addressed through lecture, case studies, and group discussion.

Upon completing this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the concepts and arguments outlined in “More Product, Less Process;”
  • Implement strategies for increasing processing rates in a variety of institutions;
  • Apply techniques for managing efficient processing programs, including developing processing plans, policies, and benchmarks;
  • Understand how descriptive standards such as DACS can assist in the creation of descriptive records that adhere to “minimum” requirements and assist in the reuse of data in a variety of outputs; and
  • Develop strategies for integrating processing with other archival functions, particularly accessioning.

Who should attend?Archivists who process archival collections or manage archival processing programs and administrators interested in processing procedures within their repositories (introductory to intermediate levels).


Participant response to "what aspect of the workshop methods/materials was most valuable to you?" included:

  • “Case studies, survey results of what others are accomplishing, etc.” - Paige Hendrickson
  • “Discussion of Greene-Meissner, application of DACS to high-level processing, description of Princeton methods of reducing backlog.”
  • “Very beneficial course. We need to incorporate this process into our workflow. Great timing. We are rewriting our processing manual.”
  • “Handouts of Princeton's documents that demonstrate how the institution implemented MPLP, e.g. accessioning requirements and processing levels summary.”
  • “Concise explanation of this approach by [a] knowledgable person who uses it.”

Attendance is limited to 35.