Connecting to Collections Care: A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place: Conducting (and Maintaining!) a Collection Inventory


10/4/2016 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
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Is each and every item in your institution’s collection identified, documented, and “locatable”? If so, congratulations: you needn’t read any further. But if not, you are far from alone.

Even though the creation and maintenance of a reliable, accurate, and up-to-date inventory is fundamental to the mission of any collecting institution and underpins all of its day-to-day operations, this admittedly Sisyphean task often falls into the category of as-time-permits.

This webinar will make the case for why we must push inventory back to the top of our priority list, and will address:

  • What is an inventory anyway?
  • Common obstacles to getting started
  • Strategies for building institutional support
  • Where to start (or: Planning, Planning, and Planning)
  • How to do it?
  • Maintaining momentum

Collecting institutions have unique collections, missions, staffing levels, and cultures. We will not offer a one-size-fits-all strategy but will introduce participants to the overarching policies and general procedures that all good inventories have in common.

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