Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections
By OCLC Research Library Partnership’s Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group
Developed by the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s (RLP) Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, Total Cost of Stewardship is a framework that proposes a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. The Total Cost of Stewardship Framework responds to the ongoing challenge of descriptive backlogs in archives and special collections by connecting collection development decisions with stewardship responsibilities.
This OCLC Research report is a collection of resources designed to support archives and special collections in making informed, shared collection building decisions; bring together collection management and collection development considerations; and support communication between colleagues in curatorial, administrative, and technical services roles.
The collection of materials published includes:
- An OCLC Research report: Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections
- The Total Cost of Stewardship Tool Suite, comprising of a set of Communication Tools, Cost Estimation Tools, and a Manual to guide end users in implementing the Tool Suite.
- An annotated bibliography of related resources
This annotated bibliography includes a collection of related resources that can aid readers in deepening their understanding of the challenges currently facing archivists and special collections and how they may respond to those challenges.
Daines, J. Gordon, III, Martha O’Hara Conway, Brigette Kamsler, Chela Scott Weber, Nicholas Martin, Andrea Riley, and Mary Kidd. 2021. Total Cost of Stewardship: An Annotated Bibliography for Responsible Collection Building. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research. https://doi.org/10.25333/fcv7-5e65.