Archival Appraisal for the Non-Archivist

This class will help the non-archivist understand the differences between archival arrangement and processing and museum or library cataloging. It will also help staff members define for themselves if and when collections should be treated as archival material.

Date & Time Name Delivery Method Price (LYRASIS Member / Non-Member)  
7/16/2020 12:00 PM
- 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
Archival Appraisal for the Non-Archivist
Live Online $100.00 / $125.00


Using a series of case studies the class will examine how to appraise both physical and digital archival materials and will give practical guidance that can be applied in any setting. By the end of the class students will be able to understand and define the differences between records, collections, and series and to be able to assess the provenance in order to make a determination about when it is important, and when it is not.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to point to best practices for delivery and description of archival collections.
  • Define differences between archival arrangement, museum and library cataloging or arrangement and processing
  • Determine if and when collections should be treated as archival material
  • Understand archival language / vocabulary necessary for appraisal and description
  • Review how to assess born digital collections
  • Model workflows for providing intellectual control and access to archival collections in non-archival settings

Instructor: Leigh Grinstead

Leigh Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museums, overseeing collections and conducting collection inventories. During her nearly half decade with the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) Leigh's love of project management, grants work and administration has been well tested. She has extensive experience in digital projects. Her years working with museum collections gave her the drive to be a hands-on advocate for digitization, and her project management experience has allowed her to add discipline to the planning, budgeting, implementation and analysis stages of digitization projects. In addition, Leigh has been responsible for training many library and cultural heritage professionals in the use of digital technologies, including CONTENTdm. Leigh currently conducts in-person, as well as online courses. She has also managed National Endowment for Humanities and Institute for Museum and Library Services grants, including the Colorado Statewide Connecting to collections grant; and is consulting on three others. She is well versed in collaborative techniques and is an enthusiastic and highly skilled professional. LYRASIS is thrilled to have her on staff to support libraries, archives and others as they discover, share and experience the benefits of digitization.

Collection managers, librarians and curators or those responsible for special collection materials, local history collections, historic corporate, City, County, College or University records. Many of which get transferred informally or in a very ad hoc way.
Frequency: offered 1 time a year, Summer

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

Please see Technical Requirements for online classes and events.

You may register using one of two methods:

    Register Online
    Click on "Register" above.
    PDF Form
    Print out the registration form and fax it to LYRASIS at 404.892.7879.