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Preservation and MPLP:
To protect, preserve, and provide access
© chotda from Flickr Commons© scottiev7 from Flickr Comm...
What is MPLP?
 An article written by Greene and Meissner in 2005,
published in the American Archivist, titled “More
Produ...
What is MPLP?
 Objectives of methodology are:
 to expedite access
 to assure adequate arrangement
 to perform minimal ...
What is MPLP?
 Assumptions made by authors of MPLP
 Most repositories have a large backlog of large, 20th
century manusc...
What is MPLP?
 Does this describe your collections?
 Does this describe the problems you face as collection
managers?
(P...
What is MPLP?
 Assumptions (con’t)
 Preservation activity includes only removing rusty
fasteners, refoldering, reboxing ...
What is preservation and
preventive care?
 SAA Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology:
 preservation: n. ~ the pro...
What is preservation and
preventive care?
 Implementation of a preventive care program
includes 5 key components:
 Envir...
ReconcilingTension of
Preservation and Access
 McCann, “Preservation as Obstacle or Opportunity?”
 “Application of risk ...
ReconcilingTension of
Preservation and Access
 Good appraisal and acquisition procedures
 Survey collections to collect ...
What is preservation and
preventive care?
 Should we disregard MPLP in the name of
preservation?
 Should we disregard pr...
ReconcilingTension of
Preservation and Access
PolicyAssessmentDecisionActionReview
The continuum
Thank you
Jennifer Waxman
[Archives] Consultant
j.r.waxman@gmail.com
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Preservation and MPLP: To protect, preserve and provide access

Presentation at 2014 Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums annual conference about preservation in archives using "More Product, Less Process"
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Transcripts - Preservation and MPLP: To protect, preserve and provide access

  • 1.  Preservation and MPLP: To protect, preserve, and provide access © chotda from Flickr Commons© scottiev7 from Flickr Commons © Alejandro Castro from Flickr Commons
  • 2. What is MPLP?  An article written by Greene and Meissner in 2005, published in the American Archivist, titled “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing”  A methodology for processing archival collections that aims to reduce time spent on processing in order to maximize the repository’s holdings available for use; addresses our approach to resource management by reframing discussion about how we process collections
  • 3. What is MPLP?  Objectives of methodology are:  to expedite access  to assure adequate arrangement  to perform minimal steps to physically preserve collections  to provide sufficient description  Goals of methodology are:  More efficient processing standards  Better resource management; reallocating staff and funding for other priorities, such as online access
  • 4. What is MPLP?  Assumptions made by authors of MPLP  Most repositories have a large backlog of large, 20th century manuscript or records collections (meaning, paper-based records)  Most repositories resemble government, academic or university archives  Access resembles researchers in a reading room receiving one box at a time, such as in an academic research library or government records office
  • 5. What is MPLP?  Does this describe your collections?  Does this describe the problems you face as collection managers? (Please raise your hand if this is where you find yourself.)
  • 6. What is MPLP?  Assumptions (con’t)  Preservation activity includes only removing rusty fasteners, refoldering, reboxing and environmental monitoring and control
  • 7. What is preservation and preventive care?  SAA Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology:  preservation: n. ~ the professional discipline of protecting materials by minimizing chemical and physical deterioration and damage to minimize the loss of information and to extend the life of cultural property.  preventive care: n. ~ The mitigation of deterioration and damage through the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures for appropriate environmental conditions; handling and maintenance during storage, exhibition, packing, transport, and use; integrated pest management; emergency preparedness and response; and reformatting and duplication.
  • 8. What is preservation and preventive care?  Implementation of a preventive care program includes 5 key components:  Environmental control  Policies and procedures for handling, use and for maintenance for storage, exhibition, packing and transport  Emergency preparedness and response  Integrated pest management  Reformatting and duplication Laura McCann, “Preservation as Obstacle or Opportunity? Rethinking the Preservation- Access Model in the Age of MPLP.” Journal of Archival Organization, 11:23-48, 2013.
  • 9. ReconcilingTension of Preservation and Access  McCann, “Preservation as Obstacle or Opportunity?”  “Application of risk management is crucial to ensure that collections that are minimally processed are accessible for future users.”
  • 10. ReconcilingTension of Preservation and Access  Good appraisal and acquisition procedures  Survey collections to collect format and condition information and other risk factors  Set preservation baseline for processing and document in guidelines for staff/volunteers/interns  Review actions and policies (every 3-5 years)
  • 11. What is preservation and preventive care?  Should we disregard MPLP in the name of preservation?  Should we disregard preservation in the name of MPLP?  Do we throw our hands in the air? Preservation and preventive care can and should exist in harmony with access.
  • 12. ReconcilingTension of Preservation and Access PolicyAssessmentDecisionActionReview The continuum
  • 13. Thank you Jennifer Waxman [Archives] Consultant j.r.waxman@gmail.com