The establishment of standards for collections maintenance and care is tantamount to an effective policy. Without common standards, the collections entrusted to our institutions can be irrevocably harmed and of no use to our patrons and visitors. In this module, you will learn what things to consider as you create your standards. We also discuss how some objects need to be cared for, not only physically, but with cultural sensitivity
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Label Schmabble: Marking and Labeling your Collection. The purpose of this activity is to help you engage colleagues within your institution (or within your work group) to practice different methodologies for marking collection objects. This activity will start with a 10 minute presentation on marking and labeling objects (link below), followed by an opportunity to mark objects in small groups (materials list and table set-up below)
Besides establishing levels of appropriate maintenance and care for the objects in your collections, it is also important to state clearly WHO will be responsible for WHAT.
- Do you assign responsibilities to volunteers? Why or why not?
- Should training be required for those who are assigned collections responsibilities?
- What are the pros and cons of dividing responsibilities, or having one person responsible for everything?
During the webinar, we discussed many aspects of collections care in a variety of collections. In regards to your collection discuss the following:
- What guidelines do you have in place for object handling?
- What concern would you prioritize? Preservation? Pest issues? Other? Why?
- How does your institution handle culturally sensitive objects?
- What documents do you have in place that may address collections care?
Utilizing the game spinner have each participant take a turn at the spinner. Read the question or topic to the group and discuss among the group. Use examples from your policy or institution.
Collections Care & Maintenance
- Boynton Beach City Library Archives - Collections Maintenance Statement (.pdf)
- Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville (MOSH) - Living Collections Care (.pdf)
- Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville (MOSH) - Non-Living Collections Care (.pdf)
- Stranahan House - Collections Care (.pdf)
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The National Archives (United Kingdom), Caring for Archives
National Park Service (NPS), Museum Handbook, Part 1: Museum Collections, Chapter 4: Museum Collections Environment
National Park Service (NPS), Museum Handbook, Part 1: Museum Collections, Chapter 5: Biological Infestations
National Park Service Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Resources for Museums
- Annual Conference
- Peer Coaching Program
- Mentorship Program
- Professional Resources
Florida Connecting to Collections Program
Collections Development & Management Policies
- Guiding Documents: Policies vs. Plans
- Scope of Collections/Categories of Collections
- Acquisitions & Accessions / Deaccessions & Disposals
- Access and Use
- Collections Care and Maintenance
- Inventory & Audits
- Intellectual Property
- Educating Elected Officials
- Training and Practical Applications
- Risk Management and Insurance
- Putting Your Document Together
- 2013 Collections Mgmt & Development Policies
- Emergency Plans
- Collections Development & Management Policies