I agree that it’s really important to take the organization’s time and monetary constraints into consideration. It’s so easy to just recommend all of the ideal software and tools for them to use, but practically speaking, it would be difficult for most places to use these recommendations.
I think it’s great that you get to present your policy and next steps to the board! Good luck!
I knew this was going to be your post just from the title!
Your point about knowing the institution is really important I think. When I first started, I knew very little about Bostwick House, and I thought I was going to be dealing with lots of archival materials – things turned out very differently! A few weeks in I arranged to visit the actual House, and this really helped me to get a good grasp of the mission or the House and the purpose behind their records, as well as the resources they had available. So I agree that it is crucial to get to know the organization early on in the process to make sure your project is going in the right direction from the get-go!
I hope you have a great concert! (And digitally preserve it all!)
I was going to comment along the same lines – understanding the organization can make the entire process more streamlined. I mean, any client relationship usually involves need/requirement assessment. Matching need and organizational climate with appropriate levels of digital preservation activities is more important (and useful) than trying to shoehorn every digital environment into the same mold.
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