Planning Safe Exhibits and Displays

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Exhibiting special collections can be a great way to connect your community and collections, tell the stories your institution is stewarding, and spark new research. At the same time, public display that does not keep preservation in mind can cause damage to special collections. This session covers selecting objects for exhibit, lighting, security, support materials, and other factors that can protect collections during display. The focus for this webinar is non-museum institutions who are new to displaying collections items or would like to update their practices to better care for objects.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and mitigate damage to collection items before, during, and after exhibit
  • Choose safe objects supports and display methods
  • Successfully document and mitigate light exposure during exhibit
  • Prioritize objects for conservation or facsimile duplication for display

Instructor: Frances Harrell

Frances is the Lead Consultant for Myriad, a consulting group serving libraries, archives, museums, and private collections. She is an independent archives professional with over ten years of experience working with cultural heritage organizations. She has spent the larger part of her career helping libraries, archives, and museums achieve their preservation goals through consulting and training in paper, photograph, audiovisual, and digital collections.

She has served the preservation field in many professional leadership roles, including as Co-Chair of ALA's Preservation Outreach Committee, Co-Chair of ALA's Digital Preservation Interest Group, Chair of SAA's Preservation Section, as well as serving on the Program Committees for the PASIG conference and the New England Archivists conference. She has presented workshops and sessions for professional associations and individual organizations throughout the country,

Frances received her MLIS with a focus in Archives Management at Simmons College and her BA in English Literature from the University of Florida.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Museum; Archives; Special Collections; Public Library; Historical Society

This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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