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Collections Care You Can Do and What to Leave to Conservators

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Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper care or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do? In this webinar, guest speaker Scott Carrlee, Alaska State Museum, addresses specific preventive conservation practices you can perform and those you should leave for a conservator.

For almost ten years, Scott has provided information and technical support to local history organizations in Alaska so he is very familiar with challenges faced by small museums. He is also a trained conservator, having worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian. Scott was active in the piloting of StEPs and contributed to the Small Museum Toolkit. 

This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of continuing education offered to both  StEPs program participants and all others interested in collections care.

Applying what you learn in a Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates your organization earns. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and an organization that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.

Recorded June 22, 2016

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