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Collections Stewardship Recorded Webinars

Collections and Storage Handling on a Shoestring

Colleagues from a variety of institutions discuss practical solutions to collections storage issues and ways to effectively care for collections using available materials, resources and your own needs-based ingenuity. Topics include archival storage boxes, mounts, media/photo storage, and barrier material, applicable to museums of many sizes, budgets and disciplines.

Collections Assessment for Small Museums

Colleagues with experience working with small museums engage in a practical, focused discussion on issues related to assessing collections, including object assessment and condition reporting, storage and housing, environmental conditions and exhibition/display.

Collections Conundrums

A practical review of collection issues—made more difficult by dwindling resources—including institutional guidelines, processing incoming objects, accessioning and keeping track of collections.

Copyright Licensing: Giving and Receiving

Whether you are granting or receiving image, media or content licenses this 90-minute webinar addresses the top ten must-have’s in your copyright license. Experts present practical, real life licensing examples to demonstrate the legal significance and importance of each stage of the copyright license.

Copyright Series: Digital Copyright and Privacy

This webinar provides an overview of the legal issues to be aware of when publishing images and videos online. This tutorial outlines digital copyright and privacy issues in museums and provide guidelines for mitigating legal risk and for being responsible digital citizens. The first part features an overview of copyright law and how it affects museums. The second part focuses on copyright in the context of digital uses. The final part outlines issues of privacy in digital uses and provides potential solutions for helping museums clarify when and how permissions may need to be sought.

Developing an Effective Collections Management Policy

Collections management leaders engage in a moderated interview style session discussing standards, essential elements and challenges/successes of developing an effective collections management policy that meets the needs of your institution and intersects with all parts of an institution’s operations. This program is a useful tool as you prepare for Core Documents Verification.

Disaster Preparedness: Water and Works on Paper

Explore the importance of the first 24-48 hours in responding to water emergencies that impact works on paper, including the benefits and implications of a variety of responses (keeping objects wet, air drying, freezing, etc.). Presenters share real-life examples of water emergencies, responses taken, lessons learned and tips for next steps beyond the 24-48 hour response period. This webinar focuses on paper, but not paintings, drawings, etc.

Display and Care of Western Two-Dimensional Objects and East Asian Scrolls and Screens

Experienced practitioners discuss basic principles and practices for handling two-dimensional Western objects, including works on paper and paintings. In comparison, guidelines for safe display and care of traditional East Asian painting and calligraphy formats are addressed.

Fundamentals of a Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Plan

Examine the required elements of a disaster preparedness and emergency response plan based on national standards, and how this critical document intersects with all aspects of your institution, including collections, security, facilities, business operations, visitor services, and human resources. This program is a useful tool as you prepare for Core Documents Verification

Handling Non-Traditional Objects

Practitioners in the field explore handling non-traditional contemporary objects during exhibition and storage. Each presenter addresses a single object move they have encountered which challenged their expertise. Each case will examine risk assessment; pre-planning the move; the logistics of putting the risk assessed elements into place; the move itself; logistics, equipment, and staff of movement; and post-move assessment.

How to Make Your Website More Inclusive to All Audiences

In this survey webcast, presenters will provide a general overview of accessible website design for audiences of different functional abilities. A panel of experts focuses on standards and best practices, graphic design aspects, institution-wide engagement, user testing, and regulatory and legal issues related to websites as public accommodation.

Orphan Works Basics and Best Practices

"Orphan works" are works that are protected by copyright but the identity or whereabouts of the rights holder are not known. This program explores this emerging issue which has increased significantly in visibility in recent years. The first part covers the basics of orphan works: what orphan works are, how they become "orphaned," and why they present a problem to museums, galleries, and archives that want make use of them. The second part examines the issue by describing legislative efforts to address orphan works usage and exploring possible solutions. The third part describes best practices with regard to orphan works usage.

Preparing for Disaster

Disaster preparedness and recovery is a team effort: visitor safety, collections care, public relations and business operations. This program covers low-cost, practical tips for emergency preparedness, a discussion of cooperative disaster networks and lessons learned from emergency response teams.

Step-by-Step Collections Acquisition

This webinar focuses on step-by-step procedures used by art, science and other museums when objects are acquired (by gift and purchase) or when they are reposited. Presenters also discuss current ethical and legal trends and their implications on the acquisitions process.

Tackling Collections Backlogs for Small Museums

Colleagues with a range of experience working in and with small museums discuss issues related to tackling collections backlogs, including ways to approach a collections backlog, prioritize tasks and implement practical solutions. Presenters offer suggestions for immediate, intermediate and longer-range solutions and action steps and discuss how tackling a collections backlog fits within an overall collections management strategy.

The Basics of Developing a Collections Management Policy

Explore practical tools to help develop a collections management policy reflecting a shared institutional vision and commitment to sound practices, increased knowledge of resources and policy longevity. Learn the differences between policies, plans and procedures, and how to address critical issues including acquisition, accession, deaccession, research use and loans of collection objects.

The Nuts and Bolts of Managing Digitized Collections: From Capture to Copyright

This webinar provides an overview of the digitization and rights management workflow for a collection object, starting from acquisition through the use cases of online collections and open access. Presenters discuss the everyday management of digital reproductions – from initial capture to storage and what technology may be used – as well as best practices for recording rights information about the collection and how rights data may be integrated into an online publishing workflow.