chapter  10
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Backlogs and Other Backroom Secrets

Mark Greene’s statement, referring to the question of whether to process materials superfi cially for quick access or more completely for more granular access, is bound to raise eyebrows among some curators and receive nods of assent from others. Greene champions an approach to curating collections that favors More Product Less Process (MPLP). He argues that “use is the end of all archival effort; that substantial backlogs of collections not only hinder use but threaten repositories by undermining confi dence of both resource allocators and donors; that in making processing decisions archivists should consider-not the traditions of the past-but the mission, audience, and resources of the present.”1