Category Archives: Section activities

Creating or expanding collection policy

Hi everyone,

As you may have heard, the A&A Best Practices Subcommittee recently produced a survey report on practices surrounding institutional collection development policy. The focus on policy writing is not over yet though, and the Best Practices Subcommittee is seeking your help in compiling a resource package to better equip archival staff with tools to create or update their workplace acquisition policy. Please get in touch with feedback on the survey (accessible here) and/or what resources would you find useful.

Questions to answer could include (and were also posted through our #appraisethis Twitter chat):

  • Do you think collection development or acquisition policies are necessary?
  • What are your initial thoughts or feedback after reading through the survey?
  • Do the survey results represent your institution accurately?
  • The data indicates many often have little influence on writing a policy, what would increase your ability to influence it more?
  • Do you think these kinds of policies should be easily available, such as on institutional websites?  Why or why not?
  • For those whose policies need revision before uploading, could the A&A section offer some assistance? In what form?
  • For those whose institution lack policies, what would help you get those written? Could the A&A section offer assistance to get that process jump-started?


Please write to Marcella Huggard ( and Julie May ( Any contributions are most appreciated!


Voting for next A&A leadership team

Hello Acquisitions & Appraisal Section members,

The nominations for leadership positions are all in, and we are now approaching the time for elections! Thanks to everybody who nominated themselves or another member for candidacy, and thanks to all of you in advance for voting.

This year we have three open positions for its steering committee this year: one Vice Chair/Chair Elect position and two positions for Steering Committee At-Large Member.  Candidate statements and bios can be found here:


A few additional logistic details:

  • Election ballots will be sent out via Survey Monkey June 26-28 with voting ending on July 10, 2017.
  • All those who are active section members as of June 30 are eligible to vote. 
  • The ballot email may go to your spam inbox; please adjust your filters and/or check there if you do not receive a ballot by June 28th.
  • If you have any difficulties receiving or casting your ballot, please email Felicia directly at

Thank you,

Nominating Committee

Policy Survey Report & June Chat

Two announcements from the A&A team focused around our recent policy survey project:

1.In the winter of last year, the Best Practices Subcommittee of the A&A Steering Committee gathered survey responses on institutional collection development policy work. A report on the survey is now available on the A&A microsite and contains a summary of results, aggregated data collected from survey answers, as well as anonymized individual responses.

Read the report: Collection Development Policy Survey.

The second phase of this project will be to create a resource package to help guide policy development. Subsequently, the Best Practices Subcommittee team is interested to hear what kinds of information would be useful for this resource.

2. This month, we’ll be dedicating our Third Thursday Twitter online chat to discuss the results of the survey and invite further feedback. Please note, that the date of this chat will be on June 22 (as a special “4th” Thursday) at the regular time, 4:00 PT/ 5:00 MT/   6:00 CT / 7:00 ET. Follow #appraisethis to join the chat.

While the report has been posted, the Twitter chat will frame open questions so folks can participate even if you don’t get the chance to read the document ahead of time! This chat is an opportunity to talk to others about the survey results, talk to the survey creators, and provide any further feedback about collection development policy-making.

If you are unable to join the chat but still want to provide feedback on this project, please contact the Best Practices Subcommittee Co-Chairs, Marcella Huggard ( and Julie May (

For further background information on the survey, check out this earlier post.

Write for us!

The A&A Section seeks guest writers to submit short pieces for our blog. Our “Repository Updates” series allows you to share your recent adventures in appraisal and acquisition. Content could include but is not limited to: experiences tackling a new acquisition, reviewing collections for deaccessioning, donor relations, and concerns, challenges or positive appraisal decisions. So tell us your A&A stories!

We have created an online form to guide these blog pieces:

Have another other idea for a submission? Please get in touch!

New writers welcome!

Third Thursday Chat: Records Management

The next Third Thursday chat on Twitter is fast approaching!

Join the A&A Section along with members of the SAA Records Management Section on Thursday, February 16th to discuss the relationships between records management and that of appraisal and acquisition practices.

We’ll be asking questions such as:

  • Who is responsible for records management (RM) at your institution? Is RM part of the archives? If not, where is it?
  • How do you appraise records as part of your RM responsibilities?
  • What kinds of obstacles do you face when bringing RM contexts to your appraisal work? How have you overcome them?
  • What is one important appraisal concern that RMs think should be discussed more?
  • What advice would you give to an archivist looking to set up (or coordinate) with a records management program? What do you wish you’d known/want to know more about?
  • Where do you turn for news and information relevant to RMs and appraisal?

Twitter chat runs for an hour at 4:00 PM Pacific/ 5:00 Mountain/ 6:00 Central/ 7:00 Eastern.

Follow @Appraisalsaa and use the hashtag #appraisethis to see the conversation.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Third Thursday Chat on Twitter!

Join us on Thursday, October 20th for our very first Third Thursday conversation via Twitter chat! Our inaugural chat is an open theme on anything regarding appraisal and acquisition. Questions we’ll be asking to get the dialogue going include:

  • How does your institution define “appraisal”?
  • What appraisal frameworks influence how you appraise and collect?
  • How does institutional mission affect appraisal decisions?
  • What is the strangest thing you’ve appraised?
  • Where do you turn when you are unsure about an appraisal topic?

Follow along with the hashtag #appraisethis or at our twitter handle @AppraisalSAA. Chat begins at 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/5pm Mountain/4pm Pacific.

We’d love to hear from you!

Appraisal & Acquisitions Conversations: #appraisethis

What are Third Thursdays?

Started in 2016, the Appraisal & Acquisitions Steering Committee has been hosting regular conversations on the section blog. Named “Third Thursdays,” these gatherings provide an opportunity for interested professionals and students at all levels to have ongoing conversations about the core archival practice of appraisal. Each chat is framed by a theme, which is chosen and circulated in advance. When possible, we coordinate with other SAA component groups to hold events that are of overlapping interest.

What’s new this year for Third Thursdays?

Based on response from our membership, we are making a few changes so that more people can easily participate. We are moving our chats to Twitter, where they can be found using the #appraisethis hashtag or following our Twitter handle, @AppraisalSAA. All Third Thursdays chats will start at 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/5pm Mountain/4pm Pacific. Reminders, topics, and any changes/collaborations will be announced via the section communication channels– the blog, the listserv, and the Twitter account. Follow us for the most up to date news!

How to participate?

Modeled after the popular and thoughtful SNAP Roundtable framework (#snaprt) Twitter chats, our format is as follows: At the top of the hour, and throughout the chat, the official Twitter handle (@AppraisalSAA) will post a series of questions (using the convention “Q1, Q2,”) with the #appraisethis hashtag. Participants can respond with comments, insights, and questions, using the hashtag and numbering conventions (Q1, Q2, etc). To respond, or to keep up with the conversation, follow the #appraisethis hashtag. Questions? Feel free to contact us before, during, or after the chat.

Thanks again to the hard work of the SNAP Roundtable for putting together and sharing this framework!

Third Thursdays Chat Dates

In 2016-2017, our Third Thursdays Twitter chats will be held on these dates:

October 20: All things appraisal!

December 15: Appraising research data

February 16: Records management and A&A

April 20: Appraising social media with DocNow

June 15: Results from A&A Survey on Reappraisal and Deaccessioning

July 13: college and university archives

Past Third Thursdays

Want to take a look back at some of our previous Third Thursdays topics and discussions? Look here: