Innovative Approaches to Conservation, Part 1, Narda Carlson

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Museum Computer Network Conference 2011
Innovative Approaches to Conservation
(11.00AM -- 12.30PM)

Chair: Dale Kronkright, Head of Conservation, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

1. Leveraging Preservation Funding to Enhance a Museum's Reach

Presenters: Narda Carlson, Technology Administrator, Shelburne Museum; Richard L. Kerschner, Director of Preservation
and Conservation, Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum, a forty-acre campus with nearly thirty buildings, was awarded a 2009 Save America's Treasures (SAT) grant to upgrade communication infrastructure in order to improve environmental control and life safety systems. While the proposal was initiated and written by the chief conservator, input was solicited from IT, protection services, buildings and grounds, education, finance, and development. The SAT grant has allowed us to follow best practices, collaborate, and be cost effective. This paper highlights the manner in which funding designed for one area of operation, in this case preservation, could be used to benefit other areas of the museum through interdepartmental collaboration. This presentation will have special interest to those who work in institutions in a campus setting.
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