#snaprt Chat Flashback: Joint Chat with the SAA Acquisitions & Appraisal Section
For the May 25, 2016 #snaprt chat, SNAP Roundtable hosted a joint chat with the SAA Acquisitions & Appraisal Section. Themes that emerged in the chat included:
- Appraisal decisions can cause self-doubt and even future disagreement. Consulting with colleagues and referring to existing collection policies are great practices to mitigate these issues.
- A repository’s collecting areas and the ability to provide stewardship for the materials (particularly unstable media) should also be factored into appraisal decisions.
- Appraisal can occur during processing (also known as micro-appraisal.)
- Administrators may have the final say in accepting a collection, with archivist/curator consultation.
- Some examples of reappraisal are by item type (TV and radio shows recorded on at-risk media) and repository-wide evaluations, as in the case of the American Heritage Center. See this reading by Mark Greene for more background on the changes at the American Heritage Center.
Many thanks to Acquisitions & Appraisal Section Social Media intern Lily Troia, for proposing the chat, the Section Steering Committee and members for supporting SNAPers, and all chat participants for sharing their insights and questions.