A summary recap of November’s Third Thursday chat on Twitter is now up on the A&A’s Storify page. Read through to check out what was brought up during our conversation on collecting materials from the Women’s March and women’s collections in archives.
Thanks to SAA’s Women Archivists and Women’s Collections Sections for teaming up!
We are pleased to announce we will be co-hosting a joint Twitter chat with the SAA Women’s Archivists and the Women’s Collections sections about collecting Women’s March materials and women’s collections in archives.
@WomenArchivists connected archivists participating in the Women’s Marches across the country and formed the Women’s March on Washington Archives Project. How has the development of appraisal policy for this collective Project differed from working within an institutional environment? What are some of the challenges & positives to working this way?
Where have materials ended up and how were the collecting organizations involved in the process? Did they have certain acquisition requirements? For chat participants w/ workplace experiences collecting March materials, what were the considerations of staff?
What was your approach to appraisal over materials from this large-scale, public protest event? Eg. kinds of records, objects, and ephemera? A sampling? etc.
How do you handle copyright/permissions when collecting material from a group event?
What were legal or ethical concerns that came up during the appraisal process for these collections? Did they vary across institutions.
Have efforts to collect Women’s March materials led to changes at your workplace re: acquisition and appraisal practices?
Where is the Project at now, 10 months after the March? Or any last thoughts from others to share?
We hope you’ll tune in and tweet along to add to the conversation!
The Acquisitions & Appraisal Section is developing a bibliography on appraisal and acquisition. This shared resource is intended to support archivists and other information professionals conducting research on appraisal, those interested in learning more about specific appraisal theories, and anyone looking for case studies about implementing appraisal and acquisitions strategies in specific contexts. The Acquisitions & Appraisal Section steering committee intends for this project to be iterative and encourages members to contribute and help this bibliography grow into a richer resource over time. Use of the SAA Acquisitions & Appraisal Section Bibliography is free and available in a Zotero Group Library. The bibliography is available here on Zotero.
The Zotero bibliography is an open group that anyone can join and add to. As this is a work in progress, please help the Acquisitions & Appraisal Section steering committee grow a more robust resource over time! Some guidelines for adding items to this Zotero bibliography are available here:https://goo.gl/CAzt7
Please don’t hesitate to send us feedback on the bibliography and how we can continue to improve it: email@example.com
On Thursday, July 13th we will be co-hosting a joint Twitter chat with the College & University Archives Section team. The C&UA Section has organized a panel presentation focusing on appraising faculty papers for the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland. Over on their blog, The Academic Archivist, a series of articles on this topic is also part of a lead up to the panel.
The Acquisitions & Appraisal Section is pleased to announce this partnership with C&AU for our next Twitter chat and we look forward to tweeting about appraisal practices in academic archives!
How does the appraisal of faculty papers differ from the appraisal of other types of personal archives?
Does your institution’s academic mission affect your appraisal decisions?
What appraisal criteria do you employ for collecting faculty papers?
How do you appraise to ensure a diverse representation of faculty?
What is the value of faculty papers at institutions that are more teaching-focused than research-focused?
How do you handle the potential overlaps/divergence in collecting materials from faculty?
Further Questions to Discuss (just in case there is time):
If you train students to process collections, how do you introduce appraisal? Do you have a manual, or use case studies?
How does your institution define “papers”? What formats are included? In the born-digital era, is “papers” still a useful description?
What groups or local organizations have you worked with in addition to those within the college or university? Do you have tips or recommendations for making those connections in order to document the life of the college?
When you discuss your work with faculty and other members of the institution, how do you introduce and describe your appraisal practices?
See link to our introductory Twitter chat if you need the catch up. Newcomers are always welcome!
*Note: once again we’ve had to adjust the week of this chat. We will resume our regular Twitter conversations to the third Thursday of the month in the fall.
Asyou 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Julie May (email@example.com). Any contributions are most appreciated!