Fundamentals of Acquisition and Appraisal

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 

If you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with fundamental appraisal theory and practice, this workshop is for you. Even if you’ve read Selecting and Appraising Archives and Manuscripts (AFS II), you'll want to interact with an instructor whose quarter-century of practical appraisal experience and 12 articles exploring various aspects of appraisal theory and practice make him uniquely qualified to give you a solid foundation of appraisal knowledge. You will explore the three levels of appraisal, appraising non-traditional media, and the process of acquisition for both collecting repositories and institutional archives. You'll also be part of a lively appraisal exercise.

Learning Outcomes: 
Discuss the three levels of appraisal—institutional policy (both collecting policies and collection management policies), guidelines for subsets of creators/record groups/series, and individual collections
Examine the application of appraisal to non-traditional media, such as sound and moving image recordings and photographs
Investigate "actually getting the stuff you choose to save" or acquisition processes for collecting repositories and institutional archives
Explore perhaps the most difficult aspect of appraisal: saying "no" to a potential donor or institutional unit
Engage in a highly interactive appraisal exercise designed to illustrate many of the aspects of appraisal covered in the rest of the workshop
Who Should Attend?: 

Archivists who have little to no experience in appraisal or who want a refresher on the fundamentals

"Good discussion of practical applications of theory"
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom: 6-foot tables with two chairs each or 8-foot tables with three chairs each
  • Lectern and stool tall enough to sit while lecturing; lectern to the left of the screen
  • Instructor workstation (a PC or laptop that has a USB port, runs standard MS Office software, and has PowerPoint)
  • LCD projector and replacement bulb for the LCD projector
  • Projection screen
  • Lapel microphone
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break