This free series is designed for volunteers that work directly with collections or in collections-focused roles, as well as organizations that run collections-centered volunteer programs. Whether you are a small museum or library/archive looking to relaunch your volunteer program after a COVID-related closure, or a volunteer curious about what to expect upon returning, the sessions will offer tips and resources for working together with collections in a COVID world. These brief modules are also meant to provide a space for collections administrators and volunteers to connect and share advice and experiences of volunteering during COVID. The first half of the series will revisit the basics of working in a collections volunteer program within the backdrop of “the new normal,” while the second half will offer practical training in collections-related topics that organizations can use for training volunteers in collections-related work.
Volunteer Here! Returning to Collections Care is a virtual, free four-part series with sessions running on consecutive Tuesdays at 2pm ET from September 14th- October 5th. Each of these brief modules are designed to build upon and work in conjunction with each other, but can also be experienced as individual sessions.
Using the form below, you can register for any or all of the following sessions:
Welcome Back! Speedy Tips for Volunteers Returning to Collections Work
September 21st @ 2pm
As a compliment to Session #1, this session will offer tips and resources for volunteers getting ready to return to collections-based work in small museums, libraries/archives, and historic sites. Session topics will explore ideas and resources in planning, safety, and communication for volunteers as we return to working together in collection spaces (and continue to collaborate virtually!).
I Am Once Again Asking You to Not Touch the Objects (and Here's Why ... )
September 28th @ 2pm
"Why are the lights so dim? Why are there reproductions instead of originals on display?" This session approaches preservation best practices from the perspective of common questions collections volunteers may field from the public. It will provide tips on introducing basic preservation concepts in an approachable, relatable manner.
And When You Can Handle the Artifacts
October 5th @ 2pm
This session is an introduction to best practices in handling art, artifacts, and archival material. The volunteer will learn to safely work in collections areas, support and protect artifacts from damage during transport, and recognize when to ask for a helping hand.