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The first and only basic text on the management of college and university archives assesses the current status and conditions of academic archives, articulates the basic principles that should determine the operating goals for academic archives, and synthesizes the external professional standards and techniques with a systematic overview of what is practical for academic archivists.
The introduction provides advice on navigating through the volume and is followed by chapters on the "Fundamentals of Archives," "Archival Theory, Procedures and Tech-niques," "Special Records Problems" (in which there is a useful discussion of theses), "Special Challenges and Opportunities in Academic Archives," "Programmatic Activities," and a conclusion that directs archivists' attention outward, to their place in the broader academic community and to the archives' special role in it.
"College and university archivists will welcome Maher's advice and examples, which are so apt: the need for assiduous, long-term effort to see that a mission statement is approved within the institution; the importance of resisting pressures to undertake other duties if the result is neglect of the basic archives programme; the focus on organizational behaviour; and the necessity of winning support within the academy as a buffer against bad times." --BARBARA L. CRAIG, Archivaria (1993)
Society of American Archivists
Scarecrow Press, Inc.
(1992) 430 pp., soft cover