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This document presents best practices for administrators, hiring managers, and supervisors to put into action when planning for and employing archival term positions. At the foundation of this document is the recognition that temporary labor is detrimental to employees, as well as to sustainable and holistic collection stewardship.

This document is on a 5 year review cycle; it will be reviewed for potential updates in 2027.


This document will be reviewed and updated every five years. The current version found here was created on 01/14/2022 and last updated 03/21/2023. Please check the official OSF site for any updates:



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