The National Archives has just published Collections Development: Frameworks and Guidance on its website.
This is a new modular guide which describes both the theory and practice of collections development:
* the first section provides a theoretical framework for understanding why collections development is important with examples of different approaches and methodologies;
* the second gives practical support for writing a Collections Development Policy and Plan – especially useful if you’re working towards Archive Service Accreditation;
* and the third is a set of case studies from different types of archive service or collecting institution to demonstrate collections development in practice in different contexts.
Collections Development: Frameworks and Guidance is deliberately designed to encourage you to think about why and how we do what we do – to help inform and so improve our practice. Each section can be read independently and each has a specific purpose.