• October 5, 2020

Michael Standish Prize 2020

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The ARANZ Council is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Charlton has been awarded the Michael Standish Prize for her article Reappraisal and deaccessioning: Applying a ‘Dangerous Practice’ in New Zealand.

Elizabeth’s article provided a broad overview of reappraisal discussion within a New Zealand professional context. It explored how New Zealand archivists often refer to overseas archival procedures and processes to establish and grow domestic practice and guides how this can be done safely and ethically.

The methodology she followed showed a clear process to present a specific case study, depicting one concrete application of reappraisal and deaccessioning in the New Zealand context. The study provides a practical explanation of how reappraisal was applied in the Marist Archives. The creation and inclusion of templates provides a practical stepping stone for institutions and reveals that the author has given back to the sector which has provided support. Selected examples are provided, with context and rationale for reappraisal and deaccessioning. Elizabeth’s article is a useful tool for New Zealand archivists intending to review their collections, using an informed research strategy and procedure.

The Michael Standish Prize honours the first permanent Chief Archivist of the National Archives, and architect of the 1957 Archives Act. He can be considered the father figure of the modern Archives New Zealand. It is awarded biennially.

This prize recognises an outstanding essay, by an ARANZ member who is a New Zealand archivist or records manager, dealing with some facet of archives or records administration, history, theory and, or methodology and published in Archifacts or another recognised archives, records management, or other appropriate journal or form within New Zealand or internationally.