From a LYRASIS Now Post:
LYRASIS Consultants Tom Clareson and Leigh A. Grinstead conducted a needs assessment, for the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) to document needs of small and diverse archival organizations and repositories. The intent of the project was to outline the barriers to their long-term sustainability, growth, and public access. The consultants began planning this project in mid-2019, prior to the global pandemic.
According to Tom, “had we known; we wouldn’t have structured the survey questions any differently. The arrival of COVID-19 in the United States in early 2020 however, absolutely informed the way that we interpreted the results from both the survey and focus groups.” Although the surveys’ focus was on small archives, the results and recommendations are critically important and applicable to small museums, public libraries, and academics.
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