The Strongest Link: The Management and Processing of Large Collections
de Catanzaro, Christine
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The work of every archives includes selecting, preserving, and making available materials of enduring research value for current and future research use. This effort is done in conjunction with creating processing priorities, identifying space for collections, and locating resources and staffing. Processing plays a crucial role in making collections available to researchers. However, the action of processing cannot take place in isolation. Acquiring collections of quality, planning priorities for processing, determining levels of arrangement and description, establishing standards and procedures for processing, and working with "living" (or continuously growing) collections are fundamentally important for any successful archival program. Ultimately, the planning and management of processing becomes the essential building block for any archives.