Guidelines for Standardized Holdings Counts and Measures for Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries

These guidelines were developed to provide archivists and special collections librarians with a set of practical, well-defined counts and measures that can be used to quantify and communicate holdings information. The counts and measures were also formulated to support the aggregation of holdings information from multiple repositories.

Careful attention was given to formulating the counts and measures so that any type of repository can use the counts and measures to quantify holdings in a manner that is consistent with their application by other repositories. These guidelines consider and address both the wide range of types and formats of collection material typically held and the different ways collection material is managed and described.

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SAA Council Approval/Endorsement Date: 
August 2019
SAA-ACRL-RBMS-HoldingsCountsMetrics_2019.pdf740.98 KB
Appendix B Table 1 Intellectual Units Held.xlsx47.29 KB
Appendix B Table 2 Physical Space Occupied.xlsx75.52 KB
Appendix B Table 3 Digital Space Occupied.xlsx55.22 KB

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