How to Deaccession Your Work and Focus on Your Mission


Rachael Cristine Woody









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Session Abstract

Have you ever daydreamed about deaccessioning certain things from your life? In the current climate, museums, archives, and cultural heritage organizations are facing diminishing resources and staff are in a constant state of overwhelm. We can’t self-care our way out of burnout unless that care includes degrowth. Degrowth is an economic paradigm that challenges capitalism and the drive to always be productive. This webinar will explore how to apply the degrowth concept aka how to deaccession things from our lives. But, in order to do so effectively we’ll also review how to create our own personal “collecting mission” and how to identify high impact activities. These familiar tools of the trade can aid us in our application of the degrowth concept and will help provide an avenue toward sustained relief.

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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