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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 (mdwiget@gmail.com) and Julie May (julie.ilene.may@gmail.com). Any contributions are most appreciated!



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 https://goo.gl/fduzkM

The authors thank you for your participation!

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