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Dennis Meissner

Spring 2010 Speaker: Dennis Meissner

MPLP:What it's REALLY About and Why it Matters to Archivists, Librarians, and Researchers.

Listen as Meissner summarizes his lecture for Irma Minerva.

This semester we're delighted to bring Dennis Meissner, Head of Collections Management at the Minnesota Historical Society, to campus as our UL/LIS Speaker. As you may recognize, Meissner was the co-author of the groundbreaking article, "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," and launched the MPLP ("more product, less process") revolution. The article called the archival community to task for its sloppy thinking and practice in the broad area of collection processing and preservation. Five years later, what have we learned? Have libraries and archives made changes to let users of archival collections drive decision-making? How have we re-thought the roles and working relationships that exist between archivists and donors, resource allocators, and especially our audiences? Are we moving fast enough?

Please check out Meissner's article.