Author Laura Uglean Jackson has successfully published the book she set out to: a compilation of real-life case studies that provide models for others to reference as they address “questions, challenges, and issues encountered during reappraisal and deaccessioning activities”
Jackson (Archives and Special Collections Librarian, Univ. of Northern Colorado) has spent much of her career advocating for and developing deaccessioning and reappraisal strategies for archives and special collections. In this volume, she brings together a number of useful case studies that demonstrate and illustrate various scenarios employing deaccessioning and reappraisal techniques and decision-making processes. Taken together these studies provide the first full-length treatment of the often-contentious practice of removing records of enduring value and other collections materials from archives and special collections—materials often thought by donors to have found a permanent home. An important complement to and expansion of Guidelines for Reappraisal and Deaccessioning published online by the Society of American Archivists, this volume highlights many issues that lead to the need for deaccessioning and reappraisal, including space management and overcollecting due to poor or nonexistent collecting policies, and it also discusses the difference between deaccessioning and weeding. Jackson includes helpful plans, worksheets, and guidelines for creating and implementing reappraisal and deaccessioning policies, along with tips for helping prevent the need for such activities in the future.
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals.— Choice Reviews
[T]his book is likely to become a required text in many introductory archival theory and appraisal classes. It provides a succinct, historical summation of the debates that have surrounded reappraisal and deaccessioning while also offering examples and templates that have utility across a wide spectrum of collecting repositories, and ultimately shows how the Guidelines can become practice.