Professional literature and case studies demonstrate that processing metrics are valuable in advocating for resources, informing priorities, supporting grant proposals, and predicting costs for collection storage and care. This article analyzes responses to an archival processing metrics survey that gathered perspectives and practices from archivists working in a variety of repository types. The findings describe how archivists collect processing metrics in different ways, what data points they view as essential, and how they use certain data points to serve specific purposes. The findings indicate that although most respondents acknowledge the value of processing metrics, the majority of them still do not employ metrics in daily operations. The findings note barriers to processing assessment and highlight disparities in resources, personnel, and practices across the profession. The findings reveal a lack of clarity about best practices for archival processing assessment and a need for profession-wide guidelines. The article suggests resources for those wishing to implement processing metrics.
Shein, Cyndi; Jones, Sarah R.; Kim, Tammi; and Irwin, Karla
"Perspectives and Practices: Archival Processing Metrics Survey Findings,"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 7
, Article 16.
Available at: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/16