Thursday, October 16, 2014

Extensible Processing for Archives and Special Collections: Reducing Processing Backlogs.

Santamaria, Daniel A. Extensible Processing for Archives and Special Collections: Reducing Processing Backlogs. Neal-Schuman, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1257-7

The author suggests an approach for dealing with archival collections that have not yet been processed or having finding aids. Extensible processing allows collection managers to first establish a baseline level of access to all holdings, then conduct additional processing based on user demand and ongoing assessment.The book lays out the basic principles, discusses archival standards, and provides a sample workflow that can be adapted to any environment.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Backlog Problem and Archival Processing
Chapter 2: Beyond MPLP: Principles of Extensible Processing
Chapter 3: General Processing Workflow: Working With Collections
Chapter 4: Attacking Your Backlog: Using Collections Assessment Surveys as Part of a Backlog Reduction Project
Chapter 5: Expanding Accessioning and Working with New Collections
Chapter 6: Descriptive Standards and Facilitating Access to Description
Chapter 7: Digitization and Facilitating Access to Content
Chapter 8: Supervision, Management, and Planning
Chapter 9: “But What About…”: Answering Frequent Questions and Concerns about Extensible Processing


A: Case Studies 1 and 2: Institutional Backlog Reduction Projects
B: Case Studies 3 and 4: Individual Collections with Privacy Concerns
C: Case Studies 5 and 6: Accessioning and Digitization in the Context of an Extensible Processing Progra
D: Case Studies 7 and 8: Consortial Survey and Assessment Projects
E: Finding Aid Examples
F: Processing Work Plan Examples and Template
G: Deed of Gift Example
H: Take Down Policy Example
I: Related Conference Presentations and Papers