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Retrospective Accessioning: Elevating Access to LSC's Archival Collections

  • Author(s): Larkin, Jasmine
  • et al.
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Abstract

Library Special Collections (LSC) is embarking on a Retrospective Accessioning Project to address the archival collections backlog. This backlog is an estimated 11,663 linear feet of collections. These collections lack physical, administrative, and intellectual control thus remaining undiscoverable and inaccessible to our users. To ensure LSC is fulfilling its role as responsible stewards of our collections and meeting our mission to provide access to collections and serve our users, we need to establish baseline levels of control. This long-term, multi-year project will take an iterative approach to accessioning LSC's backlog in order to establish those necessary levels of control to facilitate discovery, reappraisal, prioritization, and access activities within the department. This presentation will provide a general overview of the project, project work that has been done so far, and project end goals.

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