Volunteer Here! Returning to Collections Care: Welcome Back! Speedy Tips for Volunteers Returning to Collections Work


Event details



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. 

As a compliment to Session #1, this free session will offer tips and resources for volunteers getting ready to return to collections-based work in small museums, libraries/archives, and historic sites. Session topics will explore ideas and resources in planning, safety, and communication for volunteers as we return to working together in collection spaces (and continue to collaborate virtually!).

About the Speaker: 

In her position as Preservation Specialist, Emilia Boehm Emig conducts on-site preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation and emergency planning at cultural heritage organizations across the country. Emilia has worked with diverse museum collections and exhibitions. She has held roles in collections management, registration, and curation at the Marblehead Museum, The Frick Pittsburgh, and the Senator John Heinz History Center. Before joining CCAHA, Emilia worked as a Senior Project Manager for Crozier Fine Arts. Emilia received a graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from The George Washington University, an MA in Archival, Museum, and Editing Studies from Duquesne University, and a BA in History and German from Mount Union College.

This program is the second 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.