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!
Follow #AppraiseThis or the Section handles @AppraisalSAA + @AcademArchivist
Thursday, July 13th – 4:00 pm Pacific/ 5:00 Mountain/ 6:00 Central/ 7:00 Eastern
- 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.