VIRTUAL CLASS: Core Documents for Collecting Institutions in 3 Topics
This focused and interactive webinar series is designed for small- to mid-sized collecting institutions to write or update these three core documents: a collections management policy, a long-range conservation plan, and an emergency plan.
Topic 1: Your Collections Management Policy
January 5, 12, and 19, 10 am – 12 pm CST
+ optional review session February 1, 1 pm – 3 pm
Instructor: Lisa Scholten, Museum Consultant
The Collections Management Policy (CMP) is an essential tool for any collecting institution. While each museum’s policy is unique, there are common key components. The CMP incorporates important strategies enabling an institution to act as good stewards of the collection through various preservation activities. This hand-on seminar will look at key policy components including: Scope of Collections, Acquisition, Deaccession, Access, Conservation, Environmental Monitoring, Physical Care, Handling, Exhibition, Insurance, and Record-Keeping. The role of additional policies including Integrated Pest Management, Disaster Response, and Long-Range Conservation Plans will be discussed in relationship to the CMP.
Participants will contribute to exercises during the seminar in addition to independent assignments outside of class that will provide them with the tools to write and implement a policy best for their institution. Participants will have the option to submit a draft policy for feedback and discussion.
Topic 2: Looking Ahead with a Long-Range Conservation Plan
February 9 and 16, 10 am – 12 pm CST
Instructor: Nicole Grabow, Director of Preventive Conservation
A Long-Range Conservation Plan (LRCP) will help your institution to prioritize preservation needs and develop concrete goals for the short-, medium-, and long-term. In this 2-session course participants will draft their own LRCP and learn how to use it to achieve conservation treatment goals and to submit competitive grant proposals for state and federal funding. The course includes 4-6 hours of work outside of class time and will also cover the ten agents of deterioration, how to mitigate those agents through active collections care practices, and other key concepts of preventive conservation.
Topic 3: Write (or Re-Write) Your Emergency Plan
March 2, 9, and 16, 10 am – 12 pm CST
Instructors: Nicole Grabow, Director of Preventive Conservation, and Melissa Amundsen, Assistant Preventive Conservator
The course will cover the fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness, explain the essential components of a Disaster Plan, and walk participants through the steps to develop a plan for their own organizations. Provisions for both major and minor emergencies will be discussed, as will extended closure, current COVID-19 responses, and how to address a disaster within a larger emergency. Participants will work with a disaster plan template and will customize it for their own needs and risk factors. Each participant will be required to complete an institutional risk assessment questionnaire (time estimate 2-4 hours) and work on their own institution’s plan (time estimate 4-6 hours) between the sessions. They will conclude with a draft of their new Disaster Plan to share with their institution and board.
Technical requirements: ability to use Zoom and to share documents via Google. During each of the Topics, individual plans will be shared with the instructor for feedback purposes, but not between participants unless permission is explicitly given.
The full-course registration includes all three Topics for a total of 9 sessions.