Appraisal for Arrangement & Description

Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes



This webcast is designed to introduce participants to an overview of archival appraisal (or archival selection), particularly as it relates to arrangement and description decisions when working within specific collections or record groups.  Moving from a broad overview to specific tools, participants will receive an introduction to why appraisal is important; tools to use or factors to take into consideration in archival selection; and how selection decisions within collections or record groups should be described.  Through discussions of case studies and time for reflection, the webinar facilitators will model what goes into the appraisal decision-making process.



Learning Outcomes: 
Gaining an understanding of why appraisal is a crucial component of acquiring, preserving, and providing access to archival material; when selection decisions need to be made; and what informs those selection decisions.
Learning how to make more confident decisions about selection within collections and/or record groups.
Learning how selection decisions inform arrangement and description practices.
Who Should Attend: 


archivist practitioners, archivist managers, librarians, museum professionals, records managers, municipal clerks



What You Should Already Know: 

No prior experience is necessary.

A&D Core Competency: 
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.
6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.
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