For archives, museums, heritage organizations, historical societies, and government agencies, it can be a big challenge to create and run the projects. Projects are critical to your work because they’re vehicles to help your organization fulfill its mission, meet regulatory standards, and stakeholder demands.
All of the organizations I’ve worked with have one thing in common: the challenge to find the right resources and expertise needed to complete a project successfully. No matter the size of your organization, I have the ability to scale to your budget and project needs.
Here’s How I Can Help
Whether you need to digitize, prepare an exhibit, implement a new collections management system (CMS), or process a collection, I can help you craft and manage these projects to a successful completion. My step by step approach focuses on pragmatically structuring projects so that they can be managed sustainably and completed efficiently. I not only know the best way to assess, organize, digitize, catalog, and display your collection, I’m also familiar with the latest specialized tools needed. For organizations that don’t have enough full-time or permanent staff, this can mean saving valuable time and money, while making the most of your collection. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the size of your project, I can simplify what can be a daunting process and empower you to get the job done right!
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Here are a few examples of how I can work with your organization. If you don’t see what you need on the list, please contact me to get support.
Assess Collection Needs: Conduct an assessment and create a collection plan or preservation needs report. Assess collections scheduled for processing, provide a needs assessment, and suggest a processing workflow. Evaluate the collection and make recommendations on: facility upgrades, budgeting, staffing, supplies, and technology.
Digital Services: Evaluate and recommend collection management system (CMS) and digitization equipment. Implement technology, craft an efficient workflow, and create a finding aid and/or catalog record template per collection.
Train Staff: Lead trainings for staff and volunteers in collection handling, rehousing, preservation, repair, processing, cataloging, or digitization.
Preservation Practices: Recommend the best way to preserve your collection, from artifacts, to paper, to photographs, to digital records.
Research and Exhibits: Research primary sources for historical information and deliver a genealogical report, exhibit proposal, or historical narratives.
Oral History: Create an oral history program and provide an interview template with technology recommendations. Conduct, edit, and publish recorded oral history interviews.
Banner image courtesy of me, from the Woody Family Archive. Profile photograph courtesy of Linfield College.