Archival collection development, appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation, and research services have been transformed by technology.
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Technology has changed archival collections management, with dramatic but gradual impact.
Many archives use proprietary archival collections management systems; open source can provide an alternative but be aware of hidden costs and risks
Archival collections management includes bringing materials in through accessioning, as collections are physically and legally transferred to an archives.
Collection analysis clarifies an archives’ goals in context of its mission and budget; supplies data used to set priorities; aids in long-range planning
Archival collections management is no longer a neutral construction of product; archivists actively process history and preserve our collective memory.
Archivists and records managers share goals, including creation of accurate records, to organization, access, disposition, protection and preservation
Archives and records management are often linked; archives should be integrated into the records life cycle; archivists must know records management basics.
Institutional archives have archival collection policies that protect their hard earned knowledge and history in perpetuity, including for publicity
Archival collection policies allow archivists to make sound acquisition decisions whether the archives is institutional, collecting, or a combination.
Effective deaccessioning allows archives to concentrate their limited resources on collections with enduring value to researchers and society.
Archivists continue to seek best practices for accomplishing responsible reappraisal and deaccessioning as part of archival collections management.
Archivists who preserve architectural records must observe archival collections management policies to make appraisal and preservation decisions.