ICA Conference 2016 Seoul

ICA Conference 2016 Seoul

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Another interesting and experience filled excursion to the International Council of Archives conference completed. This year it was held in Seoul, South Korea. It is an opportunity to visit a country I had never ventured to before, but more importantly, it is a rare opportunity for Archivists to gather in …

The art of preservation

The art of preservation

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

You have put a large amount of work into collecting, appraising, accessioning, arranging and describing your archives. Now it is time to ensure that going forward the records remain in the best condition they can for the future. Preservation and conservation are quite different. We are looking to preserve our …

Fonds and other stuff

Fonds and other stuff – the art of description

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

I have to be honest. This article has taken me the longest to write so far. Purely I think due to the layers of archival discipline that can be applied to this art and therefore be complex to easily describe. Ironic? The art of description can be difficult to master …

Keeping your archives safe – environment

Keeping your archives safe – environment

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Inadequate storage conditions can undo all your hard work quickly through environmental, building and security issues. Given all the effort that you have put in to getting your archival collection in order ensuring that your archives are protected is imperative. Some of the greatest risks to your archives will come …

Time to add to your archive

Time to add to your archive? Accession it.

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Now that you have selected the material in an intake (deposit) to bring into the archive it is now a good time to provide an accession number. In practice, as I often have not had a chance to appraise the material prior the decision to bring it in to the …

So you said yes – now what?

So you said yes – now what? The art of appraisal

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Now you have an Archive Policy which outlines the purpose and collecting policies of the archive, you can appraise any potential material to this framework and decide which will be taken into the archive through the acquisition process. As mentioned previously in “The art of saying no – Acquisition”, in …

The art of saying no

The art of saying no – Acquisition

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Acquistion is the process of accepting archive material into your possession (and therefore stewardship of that material). Remembering that when you accept a donation, transfer, purchase or loan to the archive you are now the steward of its ongoing care and all costs attributed to it. This stewardship endures far …