Survey on reappraisal and deaccessioning

In the interest of learning more about the practices of reappraisal and deaccessioning in archives, Marcella (Wiget) Huggard and Laura Uglean Jackson are conducting a survey of the profession.  Whether or not your institution reappraises and deaccessions, please consider taking this 10-15 minute anonymous survey. The data will provide the authors with collective and analytical information regarding archival reappraisal and deaccessioning.

While many case studies have been written regarding what specific institutions are doing, and many ethical and philosophical stances have been taken in the professional literature, no broad-ranging survey has been conducted to find out what general practices, if any, exist. The authors of this survey are interested in finding out whether these practices are generally accepted in the profession or remain rare, and whether the 2012 guidelines approved by the Society of American Archivists have been helpful for institutions wishing to start reappraising and deaccessioning or revisit their practices.

Again, this survey is entirely anonymous (you can choose to leave contact info for possible follow-up questions if you like).  The authors are interested in as broad participation as possible in order to better understand current professional trends in reappraisal and deaccessioning.  If you haven’t already taken the survey, please do so!  It will close April 7, 2017.
Again, the link to the survey is

The authors thank you for your participation!

Update: The survey deadline has been extended to Friday, April 14.  More responses welcome!

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