Organizing a volunteer event or a collaborative staff service day in a collections care department can provide an opportunity to make progress on a rehousing, cleaning, moving, or other project that benefits from many people working together. Even a small organization can provide a meaningful and engaging event that achieves a goal, while bolstering the community around the collection. This session will discuss planning and executing a volunteer event with collections, including logistics, training, agendas, and identifying and communicating with participants.
This session is intended for staff in libraries, archives, museums, or other cultural heritage institutions who have a role in collections care at their institution. This may include preservation and conservation professionals, registrars, archivists, special collections staff, or other collections care stakeholders who are interested in organizing a volunteer event.
At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
- Identify elements of a successful service event
- Plan and execute an event with their community
- Plan and execute an event with their internal staff
- Collect and review feedback data from participants
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.