Course:2: Acquiring Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 2: Writing A Collection Policy
Topic:Lesson Two Introduction
  Lesson 2: Writing a Collections Policy

Introduction 

During this Lesson you will create and evaluate several elements of your collection policy. You should either print or open the online Collection Policy Worksheet from the previous lesson to work from during this lesson.   

First you will answer some questions to help you think about the individual elements of your policy. Then you will move those elements into a simple policy template. As you are creating each element, you should have a copy of your Assess Your Resources homework assignment from Lesson One nearby to inform your work. 

Before getting started, it might be helpful for you to look at additional collection policies. As you read through them, you might jot down some elements that you think will be helpful for your own policy. 

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Southwest Missouri State University, Special Collections and Archives, Ozark Labor Union Archives Collection Development Policy 

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) Collection Development Policy  

The Mills Archive Overall Policy and Priorities

The Archives Association of British Columbia, Sample Policy:  New Caledonia  


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This lesson will take about 1.5 hours to complete.


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It's time to write your collections policy!

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Collection policies will differ by organization, but there is a basic shape to them and set of questions to answer.