"When To Let Go: Reappraisal and Deaccessioning"

OVERVIEW: This Online Forum session will examine the process of reappraisal and deaccession from the perspective of a local government archives. Using King County Archives in Seattle, Washington as an example, participants will learn how the Archives collaborated with the Records Management Program to overhaul its disposition workflow. In the process, the Archives was forced to reexamine its own appraisal, ingestion, and deaccessioning policies. Policies were developed with an emphasis on transparency and adherence to state statutes and retention requirements, as well as considering the interests of county agencies and archives patrons. The Archives then embarked on a year-long project to appraise materials in its holdings and deaccession those that didn't meet its new policies.
By attending this session, you will learn how to determine if a reappraisal project is right for them, consider the interests that are represented in the collection and would impacted by deaccessioning, consider the resources and capacity required for such a project, and develop evaluation tools for reappraisal and workflows creation.
PRESENTER: Hannah Soukup, King County Archivist and Archives Program Manager, King County
Hannah Soukup is the King County Archivist and Archives Program Manager. Born and raised in the American West, Soukup has her MFA from the University of Montana-Missoula and her MLIS from Simmons University.