Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Archives Funding Crunch

In good financial times or in bad financial times, it seems, institutional archives continue to operate, almost miraculously, with the leanest of financial and human resources.

With a global economic crisis on our hands, Kate over at ArchivesNext is conducting a survey to gauge how the economy is affecting your institution.

Impact of economy on your archives - What effect do you think the economic crisis will have on your institution?

(Check out the survey form.)

In looking at the responses thus far, the impact is being most felt in the areas of travel for professional development, equipment and supplies, and vacant positions not being filled.

Sounds familiar to me. All too familiar, even during the so-called good times, these areas are poorly funded.

As we say in French, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!"

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