2020 Continuity of Operations Plan Webinar

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) addresses how critical operations will continue under a broad range of circumstances. COOP is important as a good business practice, and cultural institutions would benefit greatly from having a document that establishes policy and guidance for ensuring that critical functions continue even during a crisis. Often this type of planning is neglected in other emergency planning initiatives. However, the shut down due to COVID-19 has shown just how valuable this document can be for your institution.

The ARCS Emergency Sub-Committee and industry experts to discussed how collections managers and registrars should and can play an integral part in creating a COOP for their institutions. Areas of discussion included how to be an advocate for your collections and their care during a long-term closure, how to effectively communicate with essential staff as they assist with collections duties such as environmental monitoring and pest management, and how to talk to lenders and insurers about the care of the collection while not onsite.


  • Elaina Gregg, Emergency Programs Coordinator, Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, 
  • Robin Long, Director of Security and Custodial Services, Newfields 
  • Anne Young, Director of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property, Newfields 
  • Eric Fisher, Senior Vice President, Willis Towers Watson Fine Art 
  • Becky Fifield, Head, Collection Management, New York Public Library
To view a list of resources on COOP: ARCS COOP Resources

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