The Chicago-based Society of American Archivists (SAA) announced the publication of The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository, which “offers guidance on how to handle common work demands while promoting archives best practice.” Authoress and lone arranger “Christina Zamon of Emerson College in Boston uses a deft touch to address a comprehensive range of topics, including administration and budget, fundraising and donor relations, information technology, collections management, records management, preservation, reference and outreach, facility management, disaster preparedness, and internship and volunteer programs.”
In an e-mail to SAA members, the organization stated, “A significant portion of U.S. institutions charged with the preservation of our cultural heritage are small repositories and one-person shops. Rapid advances in technology, increasing regulation on institutional records, and exponential growth in the volume and variety of cultural resources being collected put added pressure on these lone arrangers to find efficient and effective ways to manage their archives.”
The book includes “case studies by a dozen practitioners representing diverse backgrounds, institutional settings, and geographic locations discuss the challenges they faced when they found themselves responsible for the full spectrum of archives work with limited or no paid staff to assist. Case study contributors include Barbara Austen, Terry Baxter, Michelle Ganz, Russ Gasero, Tamara Gaydos, Jeremy Linden, Meg Miner, Christina Prucha, Peg Siciliano, John Slate, Alison Stankrauff, and Nicole Thaxton.”
The SAA believes, “Seasoned archivists and newcomers to the profession will benefit from the practical tips, sound advice, and resources shared throughout the volume, as well as the opportunity to connect to the broader community of professional archivists.” The list price of this 157-page mass-market paperback is $69.95. SAA members pay only $49.95 at www.archivists.org/bookstore (Product code BOOKSAA-0580). The ISBN is 1-931666-41-5.
If you have any doubt the book’s title is a reference to a certain masked vigilante, it will be removed by the cover illustration.