Learning to process archival collections as an intern or student processor constitutes many archivists’ first practical understanding of the archival enterprise. Though this experience is an excellent hands-on opportunity for many nascent archivists to sharpen their project management skills, it does not fully prepare them to manage an archival processing program. Few students in archival graduate programs receive in-depth management training, leaving many to learn effective management techniques without formal guidance. With How to Manage Processing in Archives and Special Collections, Pam Hackbart-Dean and Elizabeth Slomba set out to offer archivists a comprehensive, practical toolbox for managing a processing program. Geared towards new professionals, small institutions, and lone arrangers, this publication addresses key components of planning and implementing a successful program. The authors consider methodologies that will promote efficiency and consistency with an emphasis on how to best serve the needs of patrons.
Jillian Cuellar is the Head of the Center for Primary Research and Training at UCLA Library Special Collections. She holds a MLIS from Pratt Institute and a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she worked as a processing archivist for the Communist Party, USA records at NYU's Tamiment Library and as a project archivist at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
"Review of How to Manage Processing in Archives and Special Collections,"
Journal of Western Archives: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/vol4/iss1/7