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  • Edited by Michael Shallcross and Christopher J. Prom; featuring modules by Megan Barnard, Erin Faulder, Geof Huth, and Gabriela Redwine

  • The continuity of practice between the acquisition of traditional materials and digital content is addressed in the three modules that comprise Appraisal and Acquisition Strategies, the sixth volumes in the series Trends in Archives Practice. The differences lie in the skills, knowledge, and tools required to identify potential preservation and access issues. By making good implementation decisions, your archives can ensure that digital materials are transferred in a manner that maintains their authenticity, integrity, and security.

    • Module 14: Appraising Digital Records
      by Geof Huth

      Provides practical tools and resources for conducting and documenting an appraisal of digital records.
    • Module 15: Collecting Digital Manuscripts and Archives
      by Megan Barnard and Gabriela Redwine

      Demonstrates how to integrate digital archives and manuscripts into collection development policies and strategies, build strong relationships with creators and colleagues, appraise born-digital materials prior to an acquisition, and prepare for the challenges of collecting digital manuscripts and archives.
    • Module 16: Accessioning Digital Archives
      by Erin Faulder

      Presents digital preservation best practices and standards for developing policies, procedures, and infrastructure to accession born-digital materials.

    Product Details

    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2016)
    Paperback: 196 pages
    Product Dimension: 6x9 inches
    Weight: 0.576 pounds
    ISBN: 978-0-931828-00-3

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Appraisal and Acquisition Strategies
  • ". . . a very worthwhile read, and an excellent addition to my professional bookshelf. The case studies in each module are relevant, interesting, and very useful. . . . studying all three modules can be of benefit to any archivist."
    Journal of Western Archives 8:1 (2017)

    "Overall, the book is clear, explanatory, and informative. Each author brings extensive experience in government and academic archives to their modules. Perhaps the book's greatest asset, however, is the scalability of the best practices discussed throughout. Each module presents several different types of practical strategies for building and appraising digital collections, while also acknowledging that each institution will adapt the ideas to fit their individual circumstance. A wide spectrum of readers are likely to enjoy this book."
    NEA Newsletter 44:4 (October 2017)

    "This short guide to appraisal and acquisition strategies forms part of the excellent Trends in Archives Practice series produced by the Society of American Archivists. . . . Michael Shallcross's introduction sets the tone for the book and highlight's the importance of provenance and original order in the digital environment and the continuity of practice between traditional materials and digital content. He also makes it clear that there is 'no one size fits all approach' and identifies this as a positive, allowing organizations to develop, adapt, and learn to tackle digital accessions."
    Archives and Records: Journal of the Archives and Records Association 38:2 (2017)

    "The volume is a useful reference for all archivists interested in learning more about acquiring and managing digital materials. The appendices of case studies, further readings, and tools are incredibly useful resources in the modules, within specific contexts. They help archivists new to digital materials see how their particular context might influence application; for example, a small university archives versus a large manuscript repository. As a former special collections curator at a historical society, I appreciated the inclusion of challenges for practitioners in nongovernment or noninstitutional record repositories, such as those working in manuscript collections.
    Archival Issues 38:2 (2017)