Large picture collections: assigning significance and processing plans

NSLA libraries acquire pictorial collections based on a range of considerations including historical significance, interpretive potential, research value, aesthetic appeal and provenance.

These guidelines provide a methodology for assessing the significance of these collections, and for developing processing plans based on that significance level. They are designed to assist libraries in ensuring that new acquisitions are processed efficiently and effectively, and backlogs made discoverable wherever possible. They have been developed in accordance with broader NSLA strategies and in reference to the Library of Congress Criteria for choosing effective processing levels for visual materials