Archives Principles and Practice

ISBN-10: 1555707262
ISBN-13: 9781555707262
Edition: 2010
Authors: Laura Millar
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Whether you have hands-on or managerial involvement with an archival collection, you need up-to-date, practical guidance written specifically for 21st century archivists. Divided into four easy-to-follow parts, this authoritative handbook from experienced archivist Laura A. Millar addresses the contextual, strategic, operational, and practical issues associated with creating an archival program. Millar covers the critical topics you need to know to improve your professional skills, including: * establishing principles, policies, and procedures * managing day-to-day operations * caring for different types of archival materials * enhancing outreach and public access * ensuring the growth and sustainability of the institution and its services This new title is essential for anyone involved in collecting, curating, and managing archives because the accessible, jargon-free language provides both novice and experienced professionals with a clear outline of all the fundamental principles and practices in the field.

Foreword
Figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
About the book
Additional resources
Striving for diversity and balance
What are archives?
From knowledge to record
Content, structure and context
From records to archives
The form of archives
Archives and artefacts
Why keep archives?
Archival institutions: creatures of history and culture
Archives, power and the people
The concept of the fonds
Types of archival institution
Archival service: a matter of trust
The duties of the archivist
The skills of the archivist
Archival codes of ethics
The impact of legislation
Developing a policy framework
Matters of administration
Protecting archives
What is preservation?
Understanding and responding to archival hazards
Developing a preservation plan
Emergency planning
Storing media materials
Provenance, original order and respect des fonds
The principle of provenance
The principle of original order
The principle of respect des fonds
The concept of the fonds
Challenging traditional perspectives
Assigning names
Appraising and acquiring archives
Appraisal for acquisition
Appraisal for selection
Sampling, weeding and culling
Other appraisal considerations
Acquiring archives
Accessioning archives
Deaccessioning
Monetary appraisal
Arranging and describing archives
Archival levels of arrangement
The practicalities of arrangement
Describing archives
Presenting content
Providing access to descriptive information
Putting the description together
Establishing priorities
Making archives available
Equal access
The reference environment
Documenting reference services
Cost recovery and profit making
Outreach
Digitization of archives
Measuring success
The challenge of digital archives
Clarifying language
Electronic records issues
Developing electronic records and archives policies
The importance of standards
The process of managing electronic archives
The role of a digital depository
Staying current
Conclusion
To learn more
Journal literature
National and state institutions
Professional associations
Additional reading
Glossary of terms
Key archival terms
Index

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