The Mission of ARCS is to represent and promote Registrars and Collections Specialists, nationally and internationally, to educate them in the professional best practices of registration and collections care, and to facilitate communication and networking.
With the Vision of providing annual meetings, workshops, online forums, resources, and publications in print and electronic media, the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists will enable its members to share ideas, encourage understanding of and adherence to professional standards, and support and improve the care and organization of collections of all types. ARCS will attract members by increasing its visibility and demonstrating its importance to registrars and collections specialists and collaborating with international counterparts. Membership in ARCS is open to anyone sharing this vision who has a willingness to endorse our goals.
ARCS values, supports, and promotes:
• Professional development and communication
• Recognition of excellence within the field
• Ethical and professional standards
• Collaboration among members and across professional organizations
• Dissemination of information and resources pertinent to the advancement of collections practice and expertise
The most important feature of ARCS is its focus on people. All those concerned with the care, safe handling, and welfare of collection objects now have an organization dedicated to education, shared information, and professional standards. The result should be greater awareness of the special treatment required by the objects which define our heritage and an improvement in the preservation and responsible use of our irreplaceable cultural patrimony.
The AAM, by its emphasis on accreditation and advocacy, provides valuable service to institutions; ARCS encourages the capabilities and advances the interests of object-centered individuals.