2015-ER Plans & Collections Care Enhancement

The Florida Association of Museums and its partner organizations are excited to announce the launch of the new Florida Connecting to Collections (C2C) program.

Join peers and colleagues to enhance emergency preparedness at your organization through the Florida Connecting to Collections program. We welcome staff of museums, archives, zoos, library special collections, and archaeology collections. Participate in discussion- and webinar-based workshops in your region of Florida. We will pair mentors with mentees to help guide the learning process, and connect people through our online learning community. 

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this new program provides opportunities for collecting organizations to work in discussion groups on an a-la-carte basis to develop emergency management plans. Organizations can choose if they want to develop a full plan (by participating in all of the modules) or if they want to work on certain aspect(s) of their plan (by choosing which modules fit the needs of their collections and their staff schedule). 

Module #1-Threats and Priorities
Workshop #1 –June 26, 2015
Locations: Historic Capitol Museum-Tallahassee,
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum,
Museum of Fine Arts-St. Pete, 
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum-Clewiston 
Workshop #2 – August 7, 2015 
Locations: UWF Historic Trust, Jacksonville Maritime Museum,
FIU Frost Art, & St. Petersburg Museum of History
Deadline for Registration: June 19, 2015

Module #2-Artifact Salvage and Recovery
Workshop #1 – October 2, 2015
Locations: FIU Frost Art, UF Florida Museum of Natural History,
FSU Ringling Museum of Art
Workshop #2 – December 11, 2015
Locations: Wolfsonian-FIU, Museum of Science and History-Jacksonville, & 
Lake Wales Library/Museum and Cultural Center
Deadline for Registration: September 25, 2015

Module #3-Emergency Personnel
Workshop #1 – February 5, 2016
Locations: FSU Libraries-Tallahassee, 
Museum of Fine Arts-St. Pete, & Miami-Dade EOC-Doral
Workshop #2 – April 8, 2016
Locations: MOSI-Tampa, Flagler Beach Historical Museum-Flagler Beach, &
Stranahan House, Ft. Lauderdale
Deadline for Registration: January 29, 2016

Module #4- Involving Others & Putting it all Together
Workshop #1 – May 13, 2016
Locations: UF Florida Museum of Natural History, Lake Wales Library-Lake Wales, &
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum-Clewiston 
Workshop #2 – June 17, 2016
Locations: TBD*

*Note: ALL TBD locations centrally located in 3 to 4 Florida regions for access to all participants. You must commit to both workshops in each module; you will be asked to prepare for Workshop 1 and do an assignment between Workshop 1 and Workshop 2. These assignments will enhance or develop  your organization’s emergency plan. 

Mentor – Join us as a mentor and share your expertise and skills with colleagues (your organization will receive a $125 honorarium to help defray your mileage and incidental expenses). 

  • As an experienced colleague, you would be paired with two or three mentees to answer questions and provide guidance and feedback as they develop their plan.
  • Some mentors will serve as a workshop host. Your organization would provide meeting space for group discussions and webinars in a hands-on training environment. 
  • Collections Care Enhancement – Involving Boards Mentor: For this role, selected mentors will be responsible for facilitating discussion about ways to improve collections care at a mentee organization – and follow-up the discussion with both written collection care recommendations and presentation at a board meeting.

Mentee – Join us a mentee and improve or develop your emergency plan in a supportive environment. 

  • You will be paired with a mentor located within your region to assist in your plan.
  • Some mentees will serve as workshop host. These organizations will welcome discussion about their collections care practices as part of Collections Care Enhancement – Involving Boards. The mentor leading that discussion will return to present written recommendations at a board meeting – involving the board in strategizing about ways to improve and fund collections care. 

For more information about the program including workshop topics and dates please click here: FLC2CDevelopingERPlansFlyer.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Bauer Kilgo, Project Associate, Florida Connecting to Collections at rbkilgo@gmail.com

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