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Administration and Management

Appraisal and Acquisition

  • Establishes a step-by-step approach to reappraisal and deaccessioning in archival repositories and outlines general steps, problems, and solutions yielding responsible and ethical reappraisal and deaccessioning decisions. Now undergoing review- click for more information.

Arrangement and Description



  • The Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies serve as a benchmark against which graduate programs in archival studies may be measured. These guidelines establish minimum standards for archival education programs in terms of mission, curriculum, faculty, and infrastructure.

  • The purpose of these guidelines, developed for individuals and organizations that provide or sponsor archival continuing education, is to encourage the creation of opportunities for lifelong learning within the archival community.

Ethics, Values, and Legal Affairs

  • Describes what professional archivists consider to be best practices regarding reasonable efforts to identify and locate rights holders. "Orphan works" is a term used to describe the situation in which the owner of a copyrighted work cannot be identified and located by someone who wishes to make use of the work in a manner that requires permission of the copyright owner.

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Records and Information Management

Reference and Access

Standards: What's New!

Announcement of the Working Group on a Schema for Functions 

Best Practices for Volunteers in Archives (PDF; August 2014)

Best Practices for Internships as a Component of Graduate Archival Education (PDF; February 2014)

Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS) (March 2015)

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