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Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual

ALA Neal-Schuman. 3d ed. ed. Feb. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780838912775. pap. $85. PRO MEDIA
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The new edition of an archival classic will be somewhat familiar to those who have studied archival theory or practice whether in the classroom or independently. Hunter (Palmer Sch. of Library and Information Science, Long Island Univ.) has updated his educational resource and reference manual for the first time in more than a decade. The new version reflects some of the biggest issues and topics in archives today, including chapters on community archives (their creation and management) and the archival profession. Hunter more accurately represents archival work of today—in each chapter, he takes into account electronic records and collections, interweaving these topics with information on other record types, rather than covering these issues in separate sections. The result is an effective balance between the essential core tenets of classical archival methods and emerging areas in the field. Though the book takes an archival perspective, it will be accessible to those who have no prior experience in archives.
VERDICT A necessary title for those working in archives and essential reading for anyone establishing a community archive without previous archival experience.

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