The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository

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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 Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository offers guidance on how to handle common work demands while promoting archives best practice. Author and lone arranger Zamon 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 addition, 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.
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.
If you're a lone arranger, with this book you'll find yourself less alone!

Christina J. Zamon

In October 2007, Christina J. Zamon became the Head of Archives and Special Collections for Emerson College in Boston, MA. Before her arrival at Emerson College, she worked as the archivist for the National Press Club from 2004 to 2007.

Prior to receiving her MA/MLS from the University of Maryland, Christina worked as the Cataloging Assistant for Retrospective Conversion at the Frick Art Reference Library in New York City. During her time at the Frick, Christina cataloged several thousand art auction catalogs in the library's online database.

In 2000, Christina moved to Washington, DC to continue her education at the University of Maryland. She became an Acquisitions Assistant at the Folger Shakespeare Library and worked closely with the Head of Acquisitions to procure rare books and manuscripts for the library. After beginning work on a duel master's degree in Library Science and History, Christina took a position as the graduate assistant for the Brittle Materials Unit in the Preservation Department at the University of Maryland from 2002 to 2004.

During her career in special collections and archives, Christina has served as the Secretary for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference from 2006-2007 and on the steering committee and as Chair for the Lone Arrangers Roundtable. Christina is also active in several other Roundtables and Sections of SAA and is also an active member of the New England Archivists. In addition to serving in professional organizations, Christina is the co-founder of the original Lone Arrangers social networking site on Ning and now Big Tent.

"An excellent book ... Zamon provides the essentials on how to administer an archives, and the book serves as both an introduction to how archives should function, as well as an aide memoire of archival basics for experienced professionals.
--College & Research Libraries