Western repositories have much to gain and little to lose from statewide initiatives that promote cooperative collection management policies. The region's topography, demographics, boom-bust cycles, and flood of new residents threaten their missions and their very existence. Add competition, backlogs, duplication, and fragmented collections to this volatile mix and it renders the collecting environment untenable.

Author Biography

Linda A. Whitaker, CA, MA in Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona. Chief Archivist and Librarian, Arizona Historical Foundation. Served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Conference of Intermountain Archivists, Immediate Past Chair SAA Congressional Papers Roundtable, and member of grants committee and Editorial Board for Managing Congressional Collections published in 2008. Currently a member of SAA Appraisal and Acquisitions Section Steering Committee and member of the SAA Deaccession and Reappraisal Development and Review Team.

Melanie Sturgeon, MA in Public History and Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University. Appointed as (Arizona) Deputy State Archivist in 1996, and (Arizona) Director of the History and Archives Division in 2001. Served as President of: the Southwest Oral History Association, Coordinating Committee for History in Arizona, the Arizona Paper and Photographic Conservation Group, and Conference of Intermountain Archivists. Recipient of the SOHA Service Award in 2003 and recognized in 2001 by Gov. Janet Napolitano for excellent service.



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