The Archives Advisor will conduct on-site visits to institutions to promote AAO membership, assess an archival program or part of an archival program, or to provide guidance on establishing or further developing an archival program. The total number of visits conducted per year depends on available funding and location of requests. Every effort will be made to fulfill all requests received in a given year, as time and budget allow. The three types of site visits offered are defined below.
1/2 day or less (does not necessarily include travel time)
This service is available to individual and institutional members of the AAO.
A short written report with recommendations and advice relating to the specific topic will be provided, if required.
½ to 1 day for visit, 1 day for report (does not include travel time).
A full on-site visit to evaluate all aspects of an institution’s archival program including, conducting a needs assessment, interviewing personnel involved with the archives, and reviewing policies and other existing documentation.
This visit covers all aspects of archival activities including acquisition, appraisal, arrangement and description, reference services, public outreach, preservation, security, reformatting; as well as administrative topics such as policy development, infrastructure review, organizational structure and staff training.
Individual and institutional members of AAO only, with priority given to institutional members.
The Archives Advisor will produce a written assessment report with recommendations that can be used to set priorities, justify grant applications or resource requests, or raise the profile of the archival program internally. Additional follow-up resources may also be sent with the report.
Approximately 1 day for visit, 3 to 5 days for report (does not include travel time).