RESOURCE: Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections

OCLC Research has released a report, “Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections,” authored by Chela Scott Weber (OCLC Research), Martha O‚ÄôHara Conway (University of Michigan), Nicholas Martin (NYU), Gioia Stevens (NYU), and Brigette Kamsler (George Washington University).

From the report description:

Developed by the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s (RLP) Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, Total Cost of Stewardship is a framework that proposes a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. The Total Cost of Stewardship Framework responds to the ongoing challenge of descriptive backlogs in archives and special collections by connecting collection development decisions with stewardship responsibilities.

This OCLC Research report is a collection of resources designed to support archives and special collections in making informed, shared collection building decisions; bring together collection management and collection development considerations; and support communication between colleagues in curatorial, administrative, and technical services roles.

The collection of materials published includes:

  1. An OCLC Research report: Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections
  2. An annotated bibliography of related resources
  3. The Total Cost of Stewardship Tool Suite, comprising of a set of Communication Tools, Cost Estimation Tools, and a Manual to guide end users in implementing the Tool Suite.

This report will be of interest and use to dh+lib folks whose work intersects with archives and special collections, particularly digital collections.

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