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Lone Arranger Blogs

Online Communities

Through the efforts of some members of the Lone Arrangers community, we have two online outlets for creating and participating in a virtual community for all lone arrangers:

  • LinkedIn (NOTE: you must have a registered LinkedIn account to post to this page) 

  • Facebook Group (NOTE: you must have a registered Facebook account and be logged in to view this page).

Online Resources

Getting Started

Here are some great websites if you are just getting started as a lone arranger - these links may lead you to find introductory material, examples, publications, or even online courses.

Local and Regional Assistance

Here are some great websites to start looking for regional or local resources - these links may lead you to find workshops, conferences, grants, professional organizations, or other resources where you can turn for help outside your organization.

Lone Arrangers Paper, Presentations, and Products

  • Working with Patrons presented by Alison Stankrauff at the Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop, October 2011. (PPX; 99 KB)  Notes (DOCX; 20 KB)

Management - Personal

Management - Repository

  • Guide to Records Management for Lone Arrangers Developed by Members of the Society of American Archivists Lone Arrangers Roundtable: Nancy Freeman, Holly Geist, Lisa Sjoberg, and Alison Harper Stankrauff. With input from the Records Management Roundtable, the committee created the manual to assist lone arrangers who are tasked with records management duties.  The guide gives a general description of important components of records management, and resources to learn more about each of the main topics. Later this year the committee intends to include case studies to further assist lone arrangers with real world examples of processes, procedures and projects.


  • National Press Club Archives Brochure created by Christina Zamon. She produced a great outreach and marketing item simply by scanning a few photographs from her collection, using a template in Microsoft Publisher, and printing on high-quality paper on the Archives' printer.  (PDF; 440KB)

  • A Peek into the Archives video created by Russell Gasero. The video was made using volunteers from a local church working on their own records with a Digital8 camcorder. Photos were taken with a digital camera using 11X17 inch paper as the background. The video was edited and the DVD burned using Adobe Premier Elements. Russell Gasero will be preparing a workshop on how archivists can do this themselves. For other historical vignettes on various topics, browse the website. For more information contact him at rgasero@aol.com.

  • Essential Lifelines for Lone Arrangers: Forming Support Groups presented by Susan Rishworth at the SAA Conference, August 2004. (DOC; 31KB)

  • Advocacy Panel (SAA, New Orleans, 2013)


  • "Preserving Your Family Papers" Presentation and Outline developed by Barbara Austen. This presentation covers the basics of preserving papers in the home, including storage, environment, and description.  (PPT; 1.13MB and DOC; 26KB)

  • Washington State Film Preservation Manual: Low-cost & No-cost Suggestions to Care for Your Film In 2003, the Washington Preservation Initiative awarded the Special Collections Division at the University of Washington Libraries a grant to fund film preservation activities. We used that funding to expand our then two-year old film preservation program by purchasing equipment and supplies to inspect, clean, repair and rehouse over 450,000’ of film, approximately 600 reels. One of the activities for the grant was to write a manual for museums, historical societies and smaller institutions with film in their collections particularly for those who have little or no experience handling film collections. (PDF)


Records Management