Volunteer Here! Returning to Collections Care: I Am Once Again Asking You to Not Touch the Objects (and Here's Why ... )


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Cost: Free

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is funded with generous grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the William Penn Foundation, and Independence Foundation. 

"Why are the lights so dim? Why are there reproductions instead of originals on display?" This free session approaches preservation best practices from the perspective of common questions collections volunteers may field from the public. It will provide tips on introducing basic preservation concepts in an approachable, relatable manner.

About the Speaker:

Dyani Feige works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs and risk assessments, assist in disaster planning, and help develop policy and planning documents for collections. She also develops and presents education programs on preservation and conservation concerns. Dyani is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the American Library Association (ALA), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), the Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG), and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM). She is a recognized Digital Archives Specialist through SAA. Before joining the staff of CCAHA in 2010 as Preservation Specialist, Dyani worked in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives. She has also worked in the New York Public Library’s Preservation Division; for the Conference Board; and in the Special Collections & Archives at Kent State University. Dyani received her MS in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Archives at Pratt Institute and her BM in Music Business from New York University.

This program is the third session in CCAHA's four-part series Volunteer Here! Returning to Collections Care. This series is designed for volunteers that work directly with collections or in collections-focused roles, as well as organizations that run collections-centered volunteer programs. Whether you are a small museum or library/archives looking to relaunch your volunteer program after a COVID-related closure, or a volunteer curious about what to expect upon returning, the sessions will offer tips and resources for working together with collections in a COVID world. These brief modules are also meant to provide a space for collections administrators and volunteers to connect and share advice and experiences of volunteering during COVID. The first half of the series will revisit the basics of working in a collections volunteer program within the backdrop of “the new normal,” while the second half will offer practical training in collections-related topics that organizations can use for training volunteers in collections-related work.

To register for this event and/or other sessions in the series, click here.