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Tuesday, August 18 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Research Forum Poster: Revisiting Backlog Processing with MPLP

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In August 2014, I began processing 1700 linear feet of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) records at the Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University. For this 18 month project I have had to balance the time constraints of my job with competing needs of the collections and of the Reuther, such as downsizing collections to save space, preservation concerns, and determining the proper amount of description to use. “More Product Less Process” seems to be the norm for processing strategies in many archives, and as I am using it on a fairly large scale, I am revisiting some of its strengths and weaknesses and the ways it can adapt to different collections. In this process, I am also attempting to see just how much can be accomplished with MPLP in a limited amount of time. My poster illustrates the challenges I’ve faced when carrying out this project, the various ways I have applied MPLP principals and methods, and the advantages and drawbacks of those approaches. It also shows ways I have adapted my approach that may stray from the “less process” side of the equation, but still keeps to the spirit of accomplishing more in less time. I hope my experience can benefit others when tackling large collection backlogs.

About the Author:

Stefanie Caloia is the American Federation of Teachers Project Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University. Previously, she worked for a private archives in Birmingham, MI, and for History Associates, Inc., which took her to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park. She received her MLIS and graduate certificate in archival administration from Wayne State University and a BA in photography from Grand Valley State University. She is also a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, secretary of the Michigan Archival Association, and volunteers as a member of the Redford Township Historical Commission.

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Stefanie Caloia

AFSCME Archivist, Wayne State University

Tuesday August 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 26A Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

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