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Friday, August 28 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Q&A Session for S45 - The Elephant in the Stacks: Interrogating and Destigmatizing the Backlog

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This is a live Q&A discussion with the speakers of this pre-recorded, on-demand session.


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Session Description
Traditional approaches to backlog management can cause change fatigue, low morale, and overreliance on temporary labor. We explore strategies for reconceptualizing and addressing backlogs in acquisitions, appraisal, deaccessioning, and communicating with stakeholders. We seek to reframe backlogs as an organic product of our work, rather than a result of our failure to work fast enough. The session will encourage discussion about reimagining backlogs and the labor archivists can do to redefine, prevent, and manage them.

Bredbenner: Every Backlog Has a Silver Lining: Reframing Backlogs for Our Staff, Institutions, and Profession
Bourbeau-Allard: A Familiar Foe under a New Lens: Perspectives on Backlogs in the Professional Literature
Cross: So You've Decided to Work on the Backlog
Houston: Kill Your Darlings: Records Disposition and Deaccessioning as Pre-Processing Backlog Control
Johnson: A Backlog by Any Other Name


Stephanie Bredbenner

Processing Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Stephanie Bredbenner is an archivist at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where she processes Western Americana collections and coordinates cataloging for her unit. She serves on the New England Archivists Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

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Brad Houston

City Records Officer, City of Milwaukee, Municipal Research Center
Brad Houston is Document Services Manager and City Records Officer at the City of Milwaukee. He is a past Chair of SAA?s Records Management Section and current Vice-Chair of the Government Records Section, as well as a member of ARMA and NAGARA.
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Natalie Johnson

Archivist, Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Natalie Johnson is an archivist for the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She received her MSLIS from Simmons College in 2014 and currently serves on SAA?s Membership Committee and CIMA?s Awards Committee.

Ève Bourbeau-Allard

Processing Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Ève Bourbeau-Allard is an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New Haven, CT. There, she processes modern European literary archives, co-coordinates cataloging matters in her unit, and catalogs a range of manuscript items.

Samantha Cross

Archivist, CallisonRTKL, Inc. (CRTKL)
Samantha ?Sam? Cross is the Archivist for CRTKL, an architectural firm. She is one of the Editors-at-Large for the SAA Reviews portal. She runs a website, pop-archives.com, which explores media where archives and archivists are depicted.

Friday August 28, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Live Only (Not Recorded)

Attendees (9)