The Special Collections Handbook

Exciting news for archives managers! A new standard can help you improve your  services and highlight your excellence. Find out more on the Archive Service Accreditation webpage and in this blog post by Melinda Haunton.

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Three things I like about the scheme:

  1. One size doesn’t fit all.  The scheme accommodates archives services of all shapes and sizes and appreciates that they exist for various purposes.  I was worried that it would be heavily record-office oriented as is often the case with archives things, but, really, it isn’t.
  2. It’s about building better services.  To gain accreditation, organisations don’t have to be perfect (because, who is?).  They do have to show that they understand their problems and are working to improve.
  3. It’s a partnership.  I feel that as a future applicant I was fully consulted and informed throughout and had plenty of opportunities to have my say, at…

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