Title: Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual (How-To-Do-It Manuals) 3rd Edition
Author: Gregory S. Hunter
Paperback: 978-0838912775, $85
Imprint: Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2020
Since its original publication Hunter’s manual has been “not only a rich and ready reference tool but also a practical resource for solving problems” (Catholic Library World), and no text has served as a better overview of the field of archives. Newly revised and updated to more thoroughly address our increasingly digital world, including integration of digital records and audiovisual records into each chapter, it remains the clearest and most comprehensive guide to the discipline. Editor of American Archivist, the journal of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), Hunter covers such keystone topics as
- a history of archives, including the roles of historical societies and local history collections in libraries;
- new sections on community archives, diversity, and inclusion;
- conducting a survey and starting an archival program;
- selection, appraisal, acquisition, accessioning, and deaccessioning;
- important points of copyright, privacy, and ethics;
- arrangement of archival collections, with a discussion of new theories;
- description, including DACS, EAD, and tools such as ArchivesSpace;
- access, reference, and outreach, with a look at how recent innovations in finding aids can help researchers;
- preservation, including guidance on how to handle rare books, maps, architectural records, and artifacts;
- digital records, addressing new and popular methods of storage and preservation of email, social media, image files, webpages, Word documents, spreadsheets, databases, and media files;
- disaster planning, security, and theft prevention;
- metrics, assessment, establishing employee procedures and policies, working with interns and volunteers, and other managerial duties;
- public relations and marketing, from social media and the Web to advocacy; and
- professional guidelines and codes, such as the newly developed SAA Statement of Core Values of Archivists.
Providing in-depth coverage of both theory and practice, this manual is essential for archivists at all levels of experience and of all backgrounds.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.