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Thursday, August 16 • 10:30am - 11:45am
104 - Making the Invisible Accessible: The Complex Labor of Archival Accessioning

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Accessioning is a vital archival practice, but it is complex, out of the public eye, and undefined. By establishing control over new holdings with an eye toward access and preservation, accessioning archivists set the stage for future archival work, collection stewardship, and interaction with materials. This session offers personal perspectives and practical workflows as we explore how accessioning procedures vary across the spectrum of archival work. Following the presentations, attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and workflows.

Rosemary K. J. Davis: Memories Can't Wait: The Confluence of Emotional, Physical, and Intellectual Labors in Accessioning Work
Julie I. May: Responsible Acquisitions: Translating a Legal Framework into Trust, Transparency, and Accessible Collections
Meaghan O'Riordan: Chain, Chain, Chain: Why Provenance and Chain of Custody are More Critical Than Ever
Rachel Searcy: She's Gained Control: The (Previously) Unknown Pleasures of Accessioning
Katrina Windon: Estimation, Extrapolation, and Other Related Techniques: The Imprecise Art of Collection-Level Description in Accessioning

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Rosemary K. J. Davis

Accessioning Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Rosemary K. J. Davis is Accessioning Archivist for the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. Prior to her work at Yale, she processed the Samuel French Collection at Amherst College, riot grrrl collections at Fales Library/NYU, and Jazz Loft oral histories at... Read More →

Speakers
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Julie I. May

Managing Director of Library & Archives, Brooklyn Historical Society
Julie I. May is the Managing Director of Library & Archives at Brooklyn Historical Society. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute, a BA in English from Indiana University, and an AAS in Applied Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Meaghan O'Riordan

Accessioning and Collections Manager, Rose Library, Emory University
Meaghan O'Riordan is Accessioning and Collections Manager at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library at Emory University. She holds an MLS degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and BA degrees in Creative Writing and Religious Studies from North Carolina State University... Read More →
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Rachel Searcy

Accessioning Archivist, New York University
Rachel Searcy is Accessioning Archivist and ArchivesSpace administrator at NYU. She holds an MA in History and an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, as well as a BA in English and History and a Certificate in Celtic Studies from the University of Wisconsi... Read More →
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Katrina Windon

Accessioning and Processing Archivist, University of Arkansas Libraries
Katrina Windon is the Accessioning and Processing Archivist for the University of Arkansas Special Collections. Windon holds an MSIS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Archivist.


Attendees (270)