Implementing “More Product, Less Process”

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

Backlogs don’t have to weigh as heavily as they do. Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs, as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” and learn as you share information and experiences with fellow course participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks. This array of topics is addressed through lecture, case studies, and group discussion.

Learning Outcomes: 
Understand the concepts and arguments outlined in "More Product, Less Process"
Implement strategies for increasing processing rates in a variety of institutions
Apply techniques for managing efficient processing programs, including developing processing plans, policies, and benchmarks
Understand how descriptive standards such as DACS can assist in the creation of descriptive records that adhere to "minimum" requirements and assist in the reuse of data in a variety of outputs
Develop strategies for integrating processing with other archival functions, particularly accessioning
Who Should Attend?: 

Archivists who process archival collections or manage archival processing programs and administrators interested in processing procedures within their repositories (introductory to intermediate levels)

A&D Core Competency: 
1. Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context and facilitate access.
2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.
3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
5. Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials.
6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.
“Very beneficial course. We need to incorporate this process into our workflow. Great timing—we are rewriting our processing manual.”
"The group case study scenarios were a great way to promote the discussion of implementing MPLP and apply the concepts covered during the morning." — Joanna Lamb
Most valuable aspect: “Case studies, survey results of what others are accomplishing, etc.” — Paige Hendrickson
“Handouts of Princeton's documents that demonstrate how the institution implemented MPLP, e.g. accessioning requirements and processing levels summary.”
Most valuable aspect: “Discussion of Greene-Meissner, application of DACS to high-level processing, description of Princeton methods of reducing backlog.”
“Concise explanation of this approach by [a] knowledgeable person who uses it.”
"The workshop handouts are extremely detailed and will help in applying MPLP in my repository."
"Hearing concrete examples of other projects at similar repositories." — Megan Fraser
Most valuable aspect: "Learning that MPLP is not a strict process but more a genre of guidelines that can be adapted to a particular situation." — Adam Wallace
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom: 6-foot tables with two chairs each or 8-foot tables with three chairs each
  • Table-top lectern with attached microphone, placed to the left of the projection screen
  • Table adjacent to lectern
  • Pitcher of water with a glass for the instructor
  • Instructorworkstation (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
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break