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An Archivist Walks into a Backlog: Strategies for Efficient Processing

  • September 21, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Webinar
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An Archivist Walks into a Backlog: Strategies for Efficient Processing

Thursday, September 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Webinar description:

This webinar will present specific approaches to making your collections research-ready using techniques that are readily available and easy to learn. By dedicating a little upfront time to project planning and adding a few helpful principles to your workflow, you can be more confident in approaching a backlog. Presenters Laura Uglean Jackson and Kelly Spring will draw from real examples of their work to illustrate a few of the core components of the Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries, as well as regale you with examples of reality’s day to day. This webinar will cover methods for tracking backlogs, incoming materials, and accessioning processes; approaches for prioritizing collections and creating processing plans; and tips for processing collections quickly.


Laura Uglean Jackson was assistant university archivist at the University of California, Irvine, from 2014-August 2017. She recently took a position at the University of Northern Colorado as Special Collections and Archives Librarian. Laura has ten years of experience in efficient processing and collections management, and prides herself on being able to quickly process and accession archival materials without sacrificing standards or good documentation.

Kelly Spring is the Archivist for Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine, where she coordinates the accessioning and processing of manuscript collections and serves as the metadata lead and liaison between UCI's Special Collections and Tech Services. She, too, has that career-first-collection-ever-processed and is happy to commiserate over the lessons learned in the 12 years since. With a diverse background in architecture, art history, archives, and education, her greatest professional joy is being able to bring varied professions together to better understand each other’s roles, responsibilities, and unique languages.

Who should attend:

Everyone interested in learning new approaches to reducing collection backlogs.

Registration open until September 15th

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