DOI conference

Sally Shelton sshelton at SDNHM.ORG
Fri Jan 30 13:28:18 CST 1998

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>Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections


>Conference Announcement and Call for Papers


>November 18-20, 1998

>San Diego, California


>sponsored by The U. S. Department of the Interior

>and hosted by The San Diego Natural History Museum

>with the San Diego Archaeological Center


>San Diego Marriott Mission Valley



>What is a Federally-Associated Collection?

>Millions of objects, specimens, documents and other records are managed in the public trust of the United States. These come from Federal lands and sites, agencies, and programs. Federal and non-Federal institutions often share the responsibility for care of and access to these collections. In 1996, the U. S. Department of the Interior and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, sponsored the first conference designed to explore the issues surrounding Federal and non-Federal partnerships to manage such collections.


>This conference will build on the results of the 1996 meeting with the intention of providing practical strategies for fostering practical and useful partnerships among Federal, tribal, institutional and amateur interests. There will be two days of pre-conference activities, followed by three days of formal presentation sessions. Pre- or post-conference field trips may be

>arranged based on participant interest .


>Who Should Attend This Conference?

>  Representatives of state and private institutions that hold Federally-associated collections

>  Federal curators and other professionals concerned with collections

>  Managers of Federal agencies

>  Tribal representatives

>  University collections managers and curators

>  Collections users (researchers, students, educators)

>  Managers of repositories for Federally-associated collections

>  Staff of private consulting firms and contractors

>  Representatives of professional societies

>  Responsible amateur collectors and organizations


>Possible Workshop and Session Themes and Topics

>The following themes and topics are preliminary suggestions only. The final program will reflect the stated preferences and interests of the participants.


>Creating and Managing Repositories for Federally-Associated Collections

>  Physical requirements and planning

>  Governance, contracts and policies

>  Access issues

>  Managing the costs

>  Multiple agency management issues

>  Insurance and accountability


>Trans-Border Issues: The United States, Mexico, and Federal Law

>  Permits regulations on both sides of the border

>  Models for binational collections programs

>  Federal law and international collections

>  Resource sharing initiatives

>  Customs and collections: a forum


>Permits, Public Lands, And Collections

>  The spectrum of Federal permits and agencies

>  Streamlining research permit applications

>  Updates on permit eligibility and restrictions

>  Protective legislation for public land resources

>  Protection of sites in the public trust


>Legal Aspects Of Partnerships

>  MOAs and MOUs

>  Cooperative agreements and contracts

>  Liability, responsibility, and ownership


>The Internet, Communications Technology, and Collections

>  Changing levels of access to federally-associated collections and information

>  Database design for access and scurity

>  Impact of FOIA, on-line accessibility, and privacy issues


>Legislative Updates


>Forensics Collections

>  Forensic uses of collections

>  Physical and intellectual access and restrictions

>  Management issues of forensic collections


>Private Collecting, Public Trust

>  Transferring private collections to the public trust

>  The roles and impacts of amateur collectors

>  Creating effective public-private liaisons


>NAGPRA and Native American Issues

>  Care of sacred and culturally sensitive collections

>  Updates on NAGPRA and repatriation

>  NAGPRA grant recipient projects


>Management of Federally-Associated Archives

>  Multimedia access to collections information

>  Technology transfer and media upgrades

>  Public access, privacy, and intellectual property


>Collections Conservation Issues

>  Destructive and non-destructive analysis

>  Anoxic storage and microenvironments

>  Effective preventive conservation programs


>Managing Functional Object Collections

>  Machinery and weaponry collections problems

>  Historic re-enactment and liability issues

>  Preservation, restoration, and use


>Discipline-Specific Collections Issue Sessions

>Archaeology                                 Geology

>Archives and records                     History

>Art                                      Microbiology

>Botany                      Military collections

>Ethnography                      Paleontology



>Agency-Specific Collections Issue Sessions


>For Further Information


>Please send your name, address, phone, FAX, and email information to


>Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections

>Sally Shelton, Director, Collections Care

>San Diego Natural History Museum

>P. O. Box 1390

>San Diego, CA   92112


>phone (619) 232-3821, x226; fax (619) 232-0248

>email sshelton at



>If you are interested in organizing a session or presenting an individual paper, please send in a 100-

>word abstract with your contact information. We anticipate that sessions will run for two hours each, with 5 to 6 papers per session and time for discussion. You may also propose topics for pre-conference activities and workshops for November 16 and 17, 1998.


>The preliminary and final programs will be based on the expressed interests and preferences of participants, so please indicate the topics that are of the greatest use to you.


>The deadline for receiving program proposals and abstracts is 1 April 1998. Registration

>materials will be mailed to all respondents starting 15 April 1998.


>The conference announcement is now posted on the Department of the Interior web

>site and the San Diego Natural History Museum web site.  The URL for the Intro page to "Federal Collections Conference" is


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>From there you can get to info on both the Berkeley conference and the San Diego



>The URL for the text of the conference flyer is


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<center><bold>Sally Y. Shelton

</bold><smaller>Director, Collections Care and Conservation

San Diego Natural History Museum, P. O. Box 1390

San Diego, CA   92112

phone (619) 232-3821, x226; FAX (619) 232-0248; <<sshelton at>



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