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Different Models for Success (Getting Started, Good, and Better Versus Striving for “Best”)
For many institutions, the reality is very different from the “ideal” when it comes to collections care and preservation. Speakers will provide big picture approaches to making incremental improvements at small-to-midsized collecting institutions, introducing practical examples that support the concept that nothing in collections care and management needs to be all or nothing. This session will lay groundwork for the rest of the webinar series to come.
Preservation on a Shoestring: Creative Solutions for Storage Challenges
All institutions dream about their collections being housed in perfectly uniform Gaylord boxes, but how can institutions, even those with tiny budgets, achieve this big dream? In this session, we’ll discuss how to make the most out of what you have and store artifacts safely, even with limited resources. The speaker will explore how to be smart about purchasing supplies, and think outside of the archival catalogue box. Come to this session armed with questions about your biggest storage issues to discuss solutions with the group!
Practical Insurance Considerations for Collecting Institutions
The topic of insurance can be complicated and overwhelming to many institutions – but it does not have to be! This session’s speaker will discuss appropriate insurance policies for collecting institutions and how to choose a policy that might be right for your institution. Questions to ask your insurance broker and how to file a claim will also be explored.
Conservation in Remote Regions
Preservation on a shoestring is one thing, but what about when resources are severely constrained – when an institution is in a truly rural or remote region, with little to no access to supplies and peers, let alone professional practitioners? This session will present the experiences of a conservator who has worked with populations in such remote regions, and will provide inspiration on extracting the “doable” from the “should do” even in relatively extreme circumstances.
Scaling Environmental Recommendations for Historic Sites
To uphold ideal standards collecting institutions are asked to strive for “appropriate” environmental conditions, but these hypothetical conditions cannot exist in a vacuum. Institutions must consider the needs of their specific collections, a limited subset of resources, competing priorities, and increasing focus on efficiency and sustainability – all considerations which become even more complex when the collection is held in a historic building. This session will explore research on sustainable environmental management as well as possible approaches for improving environmental sustainability within the constraints of limited resources.