Collection Mgmt & Development Policies

What is a collection management and development policy?
In museums, the usual term is collection management policy, whereas in archives and libraries this document is often referred to as a collection development policy.  Considerations include:

  • Scope of collections
  • Acquisition, accession, selection criteria, types of materials, types of collections, cataloguing, inventory, documentation, deaccession, weeding, and removal (sale, trade, transfer, or disposal)
  • Care of collections, protection and preventative conservation, handling of collection materials, culturally sensitive objects, storage, integrated pest management
  • Access to and use of collections, reproduction, copyright and ownership
  • Loans
  • Insurance, risk management, valuation, appraisal, legal issues
  • Educating stakeholders about importance of the collection
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