Curator's Affinity Group 2019 Workshop
Join us for the second annual Curators Affinity Group Workshop!
Where: Stearns History Museum, 235 33rd Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301
When: Friday, November 15, 8:30 a.m. check-in begins. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. The day will end by 4 p.m.
Cost: $30 for MALHM members, $50 for non-members. Lunch is included.
9:15 am Breakout Sessions
The Joys of a Clear Collections Policy
Ann Grandy, Pope County Museum
Learn why you need a collections policy in the first place, how to write (or steal) one, and how to implement your policy.
Advocating for Your Collection
Milissa Brooks-Ojibway, Glensheen
"It's just old stuff right?" "The Collections Policy is really just so we can say we have one right? That won't stop Ethel from taking photos home - she's always done that!" "I have to talk to the County about budget again. How do I make them see our needs?" 19 years as a collections manager has made the presenter have to think creatively and to sometimes be the bad guy (or at least the squeaky wheel). Milissa will discuss some of those challenges, which approaches worked and which didn't.
10:30 am Panel Discussion
Deaccessioning: Perspectives from the Field
Facilitator: Claudia Nicholson, The Museum Lady
Panelists: Todd Mahon, Minnesota Historical Society; Jaimie Timm, Mower County Historical Society; additional panelists to be added later
Deaccessioning can be a key tool for collections management but must be handled with care and foresight. How do we clear up old loans or donations with no paperwork? What do we do to not have a public relations nightmare and keep the public's trust? Once something is deaccessioned, then what do we do? What in the world is the definition of direct care of collections? Each panelist will provide their own deaccessioning experience and discuss current views from the field on the ethics of deaccessioning.
1:00 pm Breakout Sessions
Okay, You're Suddenly a Collections Manager...Now What?!
Claudia Nicholson, The Museum Lady
Collections management is not rocket science, and makes perfect sense if it is explained you. This session will introduce you to the overall concepts of collections management and the resources that you can use to help you figure out how to tackle your own collection.
Digital Preservation 101
Carol Kussman, University of Minnesota Libraries
A variety of digital resources are created and used on a daily basis by individuals and organizations. Some of these resources will have long-term value and need to be preserved. Using examples from state archives and the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota, this session will discuss the basics of digital preservation including selection, appraisal, and processing of electronic materials.