Archivists and archival institutions are now deaccessioning more than ever before. As deaccessioning has become increasingly accepted as a useful collections management tool, some still perceive it as an ethical dilemma fraught with a high risk of controversy or angering donors and researchers alike. In archives deaccessioning, archivists grapple with ethical concerns, donor relations, appraisal questions, and disposition options. Deaccessioning in Special Collections and Archives, edited by Laura Uglean Jackson and published by Rowman & Littlefield, is the first book dedicated entirely to the topic of deaccessioning in special collections and archives. It will bring together case studies, perspectives, and in-depth discussions focused solely on topics and issues related to deaccessioning in all types of archival repositories.
Contributions from authors with experience in or knowledge of special collections and archives deaccessioning are welcome. I hope to include chapters on the following topics:
- Case studies from various institution types (e.g. small repositories, lone arrangers, community archives)
- Perspectives and opinion pieces about reappraisal and deaccessioning
- Reappraisal and deaccessioning outside of the United States (particularly United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand)
- Consequences of deaccessioning, including benefits and negative effects
- Working with donors and donor relations
- Sale of materials and use of proceeds
- Deaccessioning compared to weeding
- Ethical dilemmas of deaccessioning
- Transparency/publicizing of deaccessioning, including collections and process
- Reappraisal and deaccessioning of digital materials
- Standards related to reappraisal and deaccessioning
- Reappraisal challenges
- Disposition of deaccessioned materials including transfer, return to donor, and destruction
If you have an idea for a chapter not listed, please contact me to discuss. Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted to me by February 12, 2018. Please include a biographical statement. Decisions regarding the submissions will be made by early March. First drafts will be due in May with an expected completion date in November 2018. Proposals and questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This call does not specifically mention archives, but archives fits within their description.
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As I noted last week, I am trying to keep up to date more with book releases. Rowman & Littlefield released a new catalog. The bulk of the books are for museums, but there’s some archives in there as well. Note that it’s not all new books, but some new and others released within the past couple of years. Happy browsing!
From the Rowman and Littlefield website:
Latinos in Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Cultural Competence in Action! An Asset-Based Approach
Patricia Montiel-Overall; Annabelle Villaescusa Nuñez, Verónica Reyes Escudero
Written by three experienced LIS professionals, Latinos in Libraries, Museums, and Archives demonstrates the meaning of cultural competence in the everyday work in libraries, archives, museums, and special collections with Latino populations. The authors focus on their areas of expertise including academic, school, public libraries, health sciences, archives, and special collections to show the importance of understanding how cultural competence effects the day-to-day communication, relationship building, and information provision with Latinos. They acknowledge the role of both tacit and explicit knowledge in their work, and discuss ways in which cultural competence is integral to successful delivery of services to, communication with, and relationship building with Latino communities.