The Collection Management Section of the Society of American Archivists provides a forum for archivists from all types of repositories to identify and discuss key issues relevant to the implementation, support, comparison, analyses, and integration of collection management tools and systems. Particular concerns of the roundtable membership will include:

  • Recording archival descriptions in collection management tools;
  • Managing the life cycle of archival collections in a broad spectrum of archival functions;
  • Promoting efficient processing and description, minimizing backlogs
  • Facilitating access to archival collections through EAD finding aids, collection-level MARC records, and Web publishing of descriptions and digital objects;
  • Comparing tools and systems;
  • Sharing user experiences and case studies; and
  • Integrating collection management tools with other systems


  • Organize and participate in activities that increase the utility of archival collection management tools to the archives profession.
  • Provide an unbiased and neutral forum for discussion of various products and tools.
  • Facilitate communication between user communities and developers.
  • Share knowledge and expertise in using collection management tools among its members to achieve the ability to utilize the features and functions of these tools to their full potential.
  • Facilitate and provide a forum for communication among user communities of collection management tools.