Webinar: Total Cost of Stewardship – Tools and practices to support resource-sensitive collecting

Report cover: 'Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible collection building in archives and special collections'

11am AEST, Thursday 22 April 2021

NSLA is pleased to partner again with OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) in this webinar to introduce Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections. This new work addresses the ongoing challenge of descriptive backlogs in archives and special collections by connecting collection development decisions with stewardship responsibilities.

The webinar will introduce the Total Cost of Stewardship framework for bringing together these important, interconnected functions. Developed by the RLP’s Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, the framework is a model that considers the value of a potential acquisition and its alignment with institutional mission and goals alongside the cost to acquire, care for, and manage a potential acquisition; the labor and specialised skills required to do that work; and institutional capacity to care for and store collections.

The publication includes a paper and a suite of communication and cost estimation tools designed to help institutions estimate and communicate the time, labor, and costs required to manage collections. These tools will support archives and special collections in making informed, shared collection building decisions and support communication between colleagues in curatorial, administrative, and technical services roles. 

This webinar will give a brief overview of the tools suite and then offer insight on how they might be implemented and adapted to various institutional contexts, including concrete examples of how these tools have been used at Emory University’s Rose Library.


  • Chela Scott Weber, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Carrie Hintz, Associate Director, Rose Library, Emory University

Registration is open now. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link and information about joining the webinar.