Thursday, August 14 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
SESSION 205 - Burning Decisions: Case Studies on Appraisal for Access

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In the United States, archival appraisal has been a key step in providing access to records, largely in response to the bulk of modern organizational records, the gaps in documenting underrepresented individuals and groups, and the shrinking of resources. With Frank Boles moderating and commenting, four archivists describe appraisal decisions that they applied while acquiring or administering large or complex collections and reflect on the selection paradigms that they applied in the decision-making process to enable access.

Alvord: Burns Like a Laser: Precision Appraisal of Subject-Based Websites
Bryan: Burns Like Dust: 1 House, 8 Collections, 7 Repositories
Hight: Burns Like a Prairie Fire: Improving Records Access through Reappraisal
Trask: Burns Like Hell: Appraising Abandoned Industrial Records
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Trevor Alvord

Curator of 21st-century Mormonism and Western Americana, Brigham Young University
I am responsible for the growth and development of BYU's web archive and for collecting 21st-century Mormon imprints. Before coming to BYU I served as a Processing Archivist at Utah State University and as Head of Special Collections at James Madison University. I received undergraduate... Read More →

Frank Boles

Director, Central Michigan University
For the past three years Frank Boles has co-chaired SAA's Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy. His role has given him significant insight into how SAA drafts, reviews, and adopts public policy positions. Boles has been the director of Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical... Read More →
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Ruth Bryan

University Archivist, University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center
Ruth Bryan, CA, has been the University Archivist in the Special Collections Research Center of the University of Kentucky Libraries since Fall 2011. Previously, Ruth worked at the Ruth Mott Foundation/Applewood and Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscripts, and Special Collections... Read More →
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Cliff Hight

Department Head & University Archivist, Kansas State University
Cliff Hight is University Archivist and Head of Special Collections at Kansas State University Libraries. Previously, he was Archivist/Curator at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center in Cañon City, Colorado. He started in the profession at the National Baseball Hall... Read More →
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Jay Trask

Head of Archives & Special Collections/Associate Professor, University of Northern Colorado

Thursday August 14, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Washington 2 [Exhibition Level] Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

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