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ERIC Number: EJ910835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
Maximal Processing, or, Archivist on a Pale Horse
Cox, Robert S.
Journal of Archival Organization, v8 n2 p134-148 2010
With the promise of greater economy in handling an ever-increasing volume of material, minimal processing has quickly become a new orthodoxy for the archival profession despite a raft of unintended consequences for service and discovery. Taking a long-term view of the costs and benefits entailed in the process of processing, the three-stage maximal processing alternative suggests instead that archivists focus on maximizing the intellectual care of collections while acknowledging the realities of strained resources. Beginning with a comprehensive collection survey and making use of our full professional judgment, the maximal approach privileges values and aspirations over barriers and limitations. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Language: English
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