How to Evolve Your Collection Development Policy


Rachael Cristine Woody









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Session Abstract

How old is your organization's collection development policy? The majority of archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations are due for a collection development policy overhaul. If your organization's policy is even a few years old, then chances are it's not centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. The truth is, our collections have been monotone. Do we need to rethink our collecting strategies and prioritize the balancing of our collections to be truly representative? Not sure where to start? Start here. We're going to cover strategies for evolving collection development policies and even how to meet the inevitable resistance that comes up during this work.

Rachael Cristine Woody (she/her)

Rachael Woody is the Founder + Director of Relicura LLC, a firm that provides services to archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations. She specializes in collections management systems, digitization technology, digital project management, and digital usership. Previously Woody was at the National Museum of Asian Art of the Smithsonian Institution and the Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield University, where she successfully launched multiple digital projects that included advanced digitization technology, collaborative portals, and the migration of collection information into collections management systems. She received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons University, and has 15 years of experience in the museum and archives field. She's served on SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness, founded the Archivist-in-Residence (paid internship) program at Northwest Archivists, and serves on several advocacy committees.

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