An institution’s collections care and business practices are defined by its written policies and procedures. Institutional memory is often lost through staff changes, but best practices are encoded in these important documents. This program will provide an overview of the policy and planning documents that are essential for collections care, such as collections management policies, handling guidelines, and maintenance policies. Participants will review the critical components of these documents along with concrete examples of how to adapt them to different institutions. Policy development as well as approval and implementation responsibilities of staff, volunteers, and board will be discussed.
Location: Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center (Johnstown, PA)
Time: 9:30 -3:30 (registration 9:15-9:30)
Fee: $25 per person (Pennsylvania institutions) / $75 per person (out-of-state institutions)
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to program date
This program is presented as part of Save Pennsylvania’s Past, a statewide effort to preserve the millions of objects and historic artifacts that shape the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s history and define our nation. Now in its second year, this two-year initiative is preparing staff to address the challenges threatening Pennsylvania's world-class collections through training programs and online resources.
CCAHA's Save Pennsylvania's Past partners are the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), PA Museums, and LYRASIS. The project is supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and by the Arthur Ross Foundation, Inc.