Join us March 4, 2019 for the 4 week course Assessing Risks to Cultural Property 1. Assessing
risks to cultural property, including but not limited to Museum, Library, and Archive
collections, is becoming a fundamental ability for collection care
professionals. This introductory course provides a firm foundation on which to
build an understanding of risk-based approaches to cultural property
protection. Ideas associated with the terms hazard, risk, deterioration,
damage, and loss are clarified. Risks are defined as departures from the goal
of shepherding a collection forward in time without it suffering damage or
loss. We will explore the importance of comprehensiveness and of clear
definitions of risks. Tools are provided and practiced to ensure comprehensive
sets of well defined risks can be developed based on agents of change and types
Participants will develop a useful set of
defined type 1 (rare and potentially catastrophic) specific risks relevant to
their institution. The potential impact of those risks will be ranked according
to estimates of likelihood and impact. This will provide focus in the
development of emergency preparedness plans and resources. It will also provide
a platform for more effective communication among functional groups within your
institution including collection management, registration, conservation,
facilities management, security, finance, and possibly others.
Join us for the 4 week course Assessing Risks to Cultural Property 2.
Assessing risks to cultural property, including but not limited to
Museum, Library, and Archive collections, is becoming a fundamental
ability for collection care professionals. This course builds
on the foundation established in Assessing Risk to Cultural Property 1.
We will explore challenges to quantifying risks and strategies for
estimating rates of, and expected impacts
of, sporadic incidents (type 2 risks) employing examples based on
participant situations. Means of determining or estimating rates of
progressive changes (type 3 risks) are provided and practised.
Finally, methods for presenting comprehensive, (semi-) quantitative risk
profiles are demonstrated and employed by participants.
Participants will appreciate the impact of human thinking heuristics
and biases on judgments and how these impact our understanding of risks.
An Excel workbook for organizing and documenting a
risk assessment will be provided. Using this workbook and working
individually and in groups, participants will determine or estimate
examples of both type 2 type 3 risks impacting their own
Join us beginning February 4, 2019 for Preservation Principles for Cultural Institutions, a foundation course for collection care. If you are not already familiar with preservation principles you should take this course before taking any other collection care subject. These principles are also applied in Facilities Management courses ranging from Integrated Pest Management to Keeping Historic Houses & Museums Clean to Emergency Preparedness.
This course will explore why collections deteriorate and look at specific every day examples. We will examine risks to collections and discuss strategies to address those challenges.
Join us for the four week course Collections Care & Management for Archives and Works on Paper. Conservators and Archivists often work together to develop the most successful approaches to care and preservation while allowing access for research and exhibition. Best practices, including practical policies and procedures are key to good archives management and care. This 4 week course will introduce basic professional standards and procedures for archives collections management and recognize the roles of archivists and conservators in the care of archives collections. Topics covered will include collections governance, policies, and procedural guidelines for condition assessments, handling, housing, storage, and use in research.