Last week I went to North Carolina for a meeting of the Archival Metrics Sustainability Advisory Group (you will need to scroll down to see who else is on the advisory group). This project aims to help to create a culture of assessment and evaluation for archives. As the project is funded by the Mellon Foundation, it should be no surprise that they are looking for ways to support and sustain their work outside of a stream of continuing grants. Thus, the need for a sustainability group.
Those of you who know me will not find it surprising that I think this is a great project, with a lot of potential. I think one of the challenges will be to convince the archival community to step up to not only assess use but to do so with others in the community.
What about it, archivists? Are you up for this?
I hope to be able to share more information about this project as it moves along.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager. She provides community development skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.