Several years ago at a meeting of the Society of Georgia Archivists, Margaret Child of the National Endowment for the Humanities exclaimed, "There's just too much stuff." The "stuff" she was referring to is primarily the records of modern times which are making their way into archives and local repositories. Child believes that her cry and that of the modern records archivist "will soon become desperate." One reason for the voluminous records is no doubt the information explosion of our times, but also, contends Child, the failure by repositories to establish a formal collecting policy. Child's answer to this state of affairs in modern archives is for those repositories to formalize a "highly selective collecting policy coupled with a periodic review."
Coker, Kathy Roe,
"Short Subjects: User Statistics and Records Appraisal,"
Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists
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