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Saturday, June 15 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Librarians Across Disciplines: Mitigating Archival Chaos

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Librarians across disciplines unexpectedly inherit archival collections and are often faced with the supervision of materials despite lack of expertise and training. This situation proves especially challenging for theological libraries because of the variety of materials these collections include. Ranging from ephemera and photographs, to diaries, bibles, and church records, these collections offer hidden resources that document local communities and organizational history. Taking the time to minimally organize these collections creates opportunities to connect with faculty and patrons and supports institutional and alumni relationships.  

This session seeks to equip librarians and library administrators with basic tools to gain control of archival collections. Particularly geared towards small theological libraries with minimal archival staff, we will discuss basic archival principles, and outline steps for inventorying, describing, and digitizing archival objects. Participants will leave with tasks that can be introduced into workflows to mitigate archival chaos. The realization that taking even the first step towards archival control will give attendees great confidence in tackling their "stuff"€ and advocating for institutional support.

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Caitlin Reeves

Processing Archivist, Columbia Theological Seminary

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am PDT
Junior Ballroom D