Protecting Your Assets: Managing Legacy Materials for Performing Arts Organizations

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Is your organization’s history in a basement, under water pipes, or next to the furnace and unorganized? Performing Arts Organizations often keep a variety of legacy materials, including business records, programs from performances, posters, props, and other artifacts. Using a series of case studies, this class will examine how to collect and organize both physical and digital arts-related materials so you can access these materials for future use. The class will give practical guidance that can be applied in any setting. By the end of the class, participants will be able to:

  • Know the difference between records, collections, and series
  • Decide when documents/collections are important, and when they are not
  • Determine if and when collections should be treated as archival material
  • Identify best practices for providing access to archival collections
  • Understand archival language / vocabulary
  • Identify model workflows for providing access to archival collections in non-archival settings

Instructor: Leigh Grinstead

Leigh A. Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museums, overseeing collections and conducting collection inventories. She has extensive experience in digital projects and working with arts organizations. Her years working with museum collections gave her the drive to be a hands-on advocate for digitization, and her project management experience with the Collaborative Digitization Program has allowed her to add discipline to the planning, budgeting, implementation and analysis stages of digitization projects. Leigh has been responsible for training arts, library, and cultural heritage professionals in the use of digital technologies, planning, best practices, metadata creation and digital preservation strategies. She received her Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists in August of 2015. Leigh currently conducts in-person, as well as online courses. She is well versed in collaborative techniques and is an enthusiastic and highly skilled professional. LYRASIS is thrilled to have her on staff to support arts organizations, libraries, archives and others as they discover, share and experience the benefits of digitization.

Staff responsible for legacy and special collections, historic information, and historic organizational records held by Performing Arts Organizations. Administration, Board Members, Marketing and Communications Staff, Orchestra and Music Librarians and others can benefit from this webinar.
Registrations for this class must be received before the class start time. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

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