Connecting to Collections Webinar Series

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This site houses recordings of a webinar series from Fall 2010. While registration for the live events is closed, please visit the Session Archives to view recordings.


The free Connecting to Collections Webinar Series featured six live online sessions. You may access recordings, handouts and discussion areas related to the sessions by clicking the following session titles, and then clicking the green button below each description. You can also find all of the recordings in the Session Archives section of this site.



The series launched with a Double Feature!

Telling the Story of Your Collections to the Press

Recorded: Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Presenter: Anne Edgar, Founder and Principal, Anne Edgar Associates, New York
Commentator: Judith H. Dobrzynski, Arts Writer, New York

Do you feel that your collection is rich in stories, but no one is interested? Publicist Anne Edgar, who has generated media coverage for museums large and small, discussed how to attract the attention of journalists, especially for stories that don’t appear compelling at first glance. She was joined by Judith H. Dobrzynski, freelance arts contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications. Even if you are not responsible for public relations at your institution, their advice will help you present your collections’ stories in a way that will draw attention.

The recording of this webinar is now available.

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Using Social Media to tell Your Collections’ Stories

Recorded: Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Presenter: Nancie Ravenel, Objects Conservator, Shelburne Museum, Vermont
Commentator: Colleen Dilenschneider, Museum and Non-Profit Blogger, California

While the prior session focused on attracting the attention of journalists who will tell your story, this second session on social media will help you tell the story yourself, directly to readers, through the ever-expanding worlds of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, and beyond. Nancie Ravenel, a conservator with an interest in social media, has taken the lead in using social media to share information about the Shelburne Museum. Colleen Dilenschneider writes the popular blog Know Your Own Bone, and helps museums and non-profits evolve through community engagement using social media.

The recording of this webinar is now available.

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Getting the Most from your Bookshelf: Care of Art and Objects

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Presenter: Kristen Laise, Vice President for Collections Care Programs, Heritage Preservation

Commentators:

  • Margaret Holben Ellis, Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and Director, Thaw Conservation Center, Morgan Library & Museum
  • Catharine Hawks, Objects Conservator, Virginia
  • Deborah Long, Objects Conservator, Gerald Ford Conservation Center, Nebraska

More than 3,000 libraries, museums, and archives now have the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a set of collections care resources designed to assist small institutions in caring for their collections. While rich with information, the Bookshelf can be challenging to navigate.

Kristen Laise, who organized selection of Bookshelf texts and prepared The Bookshelf User’s Guide, led participants through means to find the information they need in the Bookshelf and in its companion Guide to Online Resources. Catharine Hawks, a conservator of natural science collections who consults regularly with small museums, Peggy Ellis, author of The Care of Prints and Drawings, and Deborah Long of the Gerald Ford Conservation Center at the Nebraska Historical Society answered questions about steps you can take at your own institution.

NOTE: While this session will be of primary interest to institutions that have the Bookshelf, others may well find it of interest. The Bookshelf Users Guide, available as a PDF, is a useful guide to resources for collections care for all, as is the Guide to Online Resources. It is recommended that all participants have both resources handy during the webinar.

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Funding for Collections Care

Recorded: Monday, November 22, 2010
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Presenters:

  • Debra Hess Norris, Chairperson, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware
  • Lee Price, Director of Development, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia

One of the biggest challenges in moving ahead with collections care projects can be finding adequate funding. Donors, board members, and even your own development staff often see collections care as less than compelling. The speakers in this webinar have achieved success in raising funds for collections care, both on behalf of their own organizations and for others. Debbie Hess Norris demonstrated how enthusiasm in making the case, coupled with a rich understanding of the stories behind your collections, can yield success in fund-raising. Lee Price discussed strategies for successful grant applications.

The recording of this webinar is now available.

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Public Outreach and Collections Care

Recorded: Thursday, December 2, 2010
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Presenters:

  • Amber Kerr-Allison, Paintings Conservator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lunder Conservation Center
  • Susan Blakney, Chief Conservator, West Lake Conservation, Skaneatles, New York
  • Beth Tice, Associate Director, Central Libraries, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Public awareness is the key starting point for building support –from individuals, from local government, from the private sector. When people have first-hand experience with the issues facing your collections, they can become effective advocates in the community. Amber Kerr-Allison has conducted public outreach activities at the Smithsonian’s Lunder Conservation Center. Susan Blakney has helped many small museums with which she has consulted involve their communities in their collections. Beth Tice has reached beyond the university community to show the residents of Waco ways in which the library’s collections and resources can help them preserve their own treasures.

The recording of this webinar is now available.

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Getting the Most from your Bookshelf: Care of Paper, Photographs, and Audiovisual Collections

Recorded: Thursday, December 9, 2010
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Presenter:
Kristen Laise, Vice President for Collections Care Programs, Heritage Preservation

Commentators:

  • Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program
  • MJ Davis, Conservator in Private Practice, Vermont
  • Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester, New York

More than 3,000 libraries, museums, and archives now have the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a set of collections care resources designed to assist small institutions in caring for their collections. While rich with information, the Bookshelf can be challenging to navigate.

Kristen Laise, who organized selection of the Bookshelf texts and prepared the User’s Guide, led participants through means to find the information they need in the Bookshelf and its companion Guide to Online Resources. Julie Page, a librarian, consultant, and expert on emergency preparedness, and an editor of Promoting Preservation Awareness in Libraries, Jean-Louis Bigourdan, a contributor to the IPI Media Storage Quick Reference, and MJ Davis, a paper conservator who consults regularly with small museums, libraries, and archives, answered questions about steps you can take at your own institutions.

NOTE: While this session will be of primary interest to institutions that have the Bookshelf, others may well find it of interest. The Bookshelf Users Guide, available as a PDF, is a useful guide to resources for collections care for all, as is the Guide to Online Resources. It is recommended that all participants in this webinar have both resources handy during the webinar.

The recording of this webinar is now available.

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