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Subject: Call for presenters--AIC Book and Paper Group, ACDG

Call for presenters--AIC Book and Paper Group, ACDG

From: Tonia Effie Grafakos <t-grafakos<-a>
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
AIC Book and Paper Group
Call for presenters

The Archives Conservation Discussion Group (ACDG) of the AIC Book
and Paper Group is pleased to announce the 2015 session topic:

"The Effects of MPLP on Archives: 10 years Later"

In 2005, the concept of "MPLP" was introduced in the archival world
with the publication of Mark A. Greene and Dennis Meissner's article
titled "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival
Processing" in The American Archivist.  Greene and Meissner urged
their fellow archivists to reduce or eliminate numerous traditional
tasks of archival arrangement and processing in order to reduce
processing backlogs and make collections available to researchers
more quickly.  In order to achieve desired economies, MPLP-style
minimal processing may abandon traditional tasks associated with
preservation, such as removing fasteners, photocopying unstable
materials, and refoldering.  In the ten years since publication of
the original article, MPLP has expanded beyond the original target
of late-20th century collections and become a broadly-accepted
reality of professional archival practice.  In this discussion group
session, we will examine the implementation of minimal processing in
a variety of institutional settings and explore the potential impact
on the long-term preservation of archival collections.  Following a
brief panel presentation, a discussion will address the following

    What changes in processing practices, especially as they relate
    to preservation, are we seeing in archives?  Are some types of
    institutions seeing more change than others?

    What impact can we expect from shifts in preventive care
    resulting from these changes?

    Do changes in processing practices reflect a shift towards
    preventive care?

    How are preservation administrators, collections care
    professionals, and conservators responding to these changes
    within their home institutions?

    What practical, sustainable solutions exist to enhance
    preservation of archival collections while acknowledging
    realistic limitations in arrangement and processing?

If you are interested in participating as a member of the panel,
please contact us at the email address below with a short
description detailing your experience with MPLP by December 5, 2014.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you in

Co-chairs, Archives Conservation Discussion Group:

    Tonia E. Grafakos
    Chief Conservator
    Northwestern University Library
    t-grafakos<-a t->northwestern< . >edu

    Andrea Knowlton, Assistant Conservator
    Special Collections Conservation Lab
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    aknow<-a t->email< . >unc< . >edu

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