Trends in Archives Practice

Trends in Archives Practice is an open-ended series by the Society of American Archivists featuring brief, authoritative treatments—written and edited by top-level professionals—that fill significant gaps in archival literature. The goal of this approach is to build agile, user-centered resources. Modules treat discrete topics relating to the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age. Modules are available separately in electronic format (Adobe Digital Editions PDF or EPUB) so that readers can mix and match modules that best satisfy their needs and interests. Or they are clustered together by topic and can be purchased in print or electronic format from the SAA Bookstore

If you have an idea for a module, read our module guidelines and contact SAA Publications Editor Christopher J. Prom

Stay on trend with these TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE:

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ARCHIVAL ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION (2013)

Edited with an introduction by Christopher J. Prom and Thomas J. Frusciano

  • Module 1: Standards for Archival Description by Sibyl Schaefer and Janet M. Bunde
  • Module 2: Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts by J. Gordon Daines III
  • Module 3: Designing Descriptive and Access Systems by Daniel A. Santamaria 

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RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL ERA (2015)

Edited with an introduction by Menzi Behrnd-Klodt and Christopher J. Prom 

  • Module 4: Understanding Copyright Law by Heather Briston
  • Module 5: Balancing Privacy and Restrictions: Personal and Family Papers by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt
  • Module 6: Balancing Privacy and Restrictions  by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt  
  • Module 7: Managing Rights and Permissions by Aprille McKay
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Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository (Module 8) (2015)
By Steve Marks with an introduction by Bruce I. Ambacher
Edited by Michael J. Shallcross

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TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES (forthcoming 2016)

Edited by Christopher J. Prom and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

  • Module 9: Contextualizing Archival Literacy by Elizabeth Yakel and Doris Malkmus
  • Module 10: Teaching with Archives: A Guide for Archivists, Librarians, and Educators by Sammie L. Morris, Tamar Chute, and Ellen Swain
  • Module 11: Connecting Students and Primary Sources: Cases and Examples by Tamar Chute, Ellen Swain, and Sammie L. Morris  
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DIGITAL PRESERVATION ESSENTIALS (forthcoming 2016)

Edited by Christopher J. Prom with an introduction by Kyle R. Rimkus

  • Module 12: Preserving Digital Objects by Erin O’Meara and Kate Stratton
  • Module 13: Digital Preservation Storage by Erin O’Meara and Kate Stratton

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APPRAISAL AND ACQUISITIONS STRATEGIES (forthcoming 2016)

Edited with an introduction by Michael J. Shallcross and Christopher J. Prom

  • Module 14: Appraising Digital Records by Geof Huth
  • Module 15: Collecting Digital Manuscripts and Archives by Megan Barnard and Gabriela Redwine 
  • Module 16: Accessioning Digital Archives by Erin Faulder

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And more to come!