June 1-4

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Tuesday, Jun 1 at 12:00 pm EDT
SPNHC Digitization and Data Management in the Preservation of Natural History – Part 1


Presentations in This Session

  • Workflow for Digitizing Ordovician Fossil Invertebrates via Batch Image Uploads
    Catherine Wiegand
  • Bringing the Past into the Present: Digitizing Specimen Inventory and Micro-CT Scans for Upload to Open Access Platforms
    Lyndell Bade and Jordan Zajac
  • Exhibitor Experience: Digital Transitions, Inc.
  • BugFlow: A Community-Driven Repository for Entomology Digitization Resources
    Tommy McElrath

    Wednesday, Jun 2 at 10:00 am EDT
    Partner Event: SPNHC Virtual Collection Tour 2 - University of Antananarivo/ British Geological Survey/Universidad de la República / SAUCE-P


    Journey around the world to view outstanding collections without leaving your Living Room.

    10 - 10:30 AM - Scientific collection serving Malagasy biodiversity and advancement of research

    Association Vahatra and Mention of Zoology and Biodiversity Animal, University of Antananarivo (Madagascar)

    Collection room of the Mention of Zoology and Biodiversity Animal, University of Antananarivo is a collection of invertebrates and vertebrates. Currently, this room houses more than 100,000 specimens collected in different parts of Madagascar since 1990, by students and Malagasy researchers and foreigner partners of the Department. Most of these specimens are already cataloged according to international standards with the acronym UADBA (University of Antananarivo, Department of Animal Biology). The museum collection includes the different taxonomic groups of the vertebrate fauna of Madagascar including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Besides the specimens in liquid, there are also specimens of skin and skeleton. Holotype and Paratype of recently described new species are housed also in this collection room. UADBA collection room also has exhibition specimens in order to present Malagasy biodiversity for education and future generations. One room of necrophagous insects of the genus Dermestes are located in another building of the Department.

    Moderator: Laura Eklund

    Tour Leader -Voahangy Soarimalala

    10:30 - 11:00 AM - The British Geological Survey ‘National Geological Repository’ – probably the largest collection of UK geoscience samples

    National Geological Repository, National Geoscience Data Centre, British Geological Survey (UK)

    The UK National Geological Repository is a national and international science facility, and an integral part of the National Geoscience Data Centre and the British Geological Survey. Its unique collections of borehole cores, cuttings, samples, rock, fossil and mineral specimens, and related subsurface information from the UK landmass and continental shelf are used extensively in research, by industry (underpinning a significant part of the UK economy),by the public, and to support university teaching. Parts of the collections predate the origin of the BGS in 1835. Key components include: • The National borehole core and sample collection, which also contains core and samples from onshore, and offshore UKCS hydrocarbon wells, and is used extensively by the industry when researching new prospects. The collection includes over 600km of drillcore from over 22.5k wells and would cost an estimated £200b to re-drill. • The major UK type and stratigraphic fossil collection (250k specimens), plus extensive microfossil (300k slides) and locality based collections (ca. 4m specimens) • The major systematic British rock collection, with over 200k thin sections and 1m samples • The largest UK geoscience records archive, with over 20km of shelving, and including all the original BGS field records and maps, well and borehole logs, site investigations, coal data, seismics, geophysics, geochemistry, etc. Safely storing 16 million specimens weighing around 10,000 tonnes requires sophisticated equipment and a team of curators, conservators and registration staff. illustrates the storage of borehole cores and samples – rock, mineral and fossil specimens are held using more traditional equipment. Most samples are included in online databases and available via APIs and as online GIS datasets – see GeoIndex: https://mapapps2.bgs.ac.uk/geo... 

    Moderator: Laura Eklund

    Tour Leader -Dr Michael Howe

    11:00 - 11:30 am - 30.000 years underwater: the Arroyo del Vizcaíno collection

    Universidad de la República / SAUCE-P (Uruguay)

    The Arroyo del Vizcaíno collection is located in the town of Sauce, Canelones, Uruguay. The collection harbors 30 ka Pleistocene megamammal fossils. The collection is named after the fossiliferous site Arroyo del Vizcaíno, located near the mentioned town, found in the summer of 1997 by local farmers and first excavated by highschool students and teachers. It was not until 2011 when the paleontology team could begin the formal excavation of the site. Since then, the collection has increased the number of fossils to nearly 2000 and after several challenges regarding the conservation and storage establishment, now are placed in an adequate space in the perimeter of the town’s high school.

    The majority (more than 90%) of the species collected and storage belongs to the giant ground sloth Lestodon armatus, but also a great amount of material of other extinct sloths like Mylodon darwinii and Glossotherium robustum, as well as Glyptodon reticulatus, Doedicurus clavicaudatus, Panochthus tuberculatus, Toxodo  extinct sloths like Mylodon darwinii and Glossotherium robustum, as well as Glyptodon reticulatus, Doedicurus clavicaudatus, Panochthus tuberculatus, Toxodon platensis, Notiomastodon platensis, Hippidion sp., Smilodon populator, and indeterminate Cervidae remains are present. Nowadays, the collection is officially affiliated with the Universidad de la República and SAUCE-P (Servicio Académico Universitario y Centro de Estudios Paleontológicos) was created as a formal institution. Here, many activities such as preparation and classification of the fossils, paleontological research and education, and numerous types of outreach activities are performed.

    Moderator: Laura Eklund

    Tour Leader -Richard Fariña

    Wednesday, Jun 2 at 12:00 pm EDT
    Collection Care Network Hazardous Materials / Health & Safety


    Presentations in This Session

    • Consequences of p-Dichlorobenzene Treatments: Collection Access Restrictions, Case Decontamination Labor and Residual Health Risk
      Kathryn Makos and Catherine Hawks
    • Exhibitor Experience: BMS CAT
    • Arsenic and Old Feathers: A Survey Of Detection, Mitigation and Treatment Approaches for Pesticide-Affected Objects and Creating a Treatment Protocol at SUNY Buffalo State
      Liatte Dotan
    • Exhibitor Experience: Talas
    • When the Dust Isn't Settled: Stakeholder Conversations in the Removal of Hazardous Material from World Trade Center Artifacts
      Lisa Conte and Kerith Koss Schrager

    • View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems...

    Wednesday, Jun 2 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Collection Care Network Integrated Pest Management


    Presentations in This Session

    • Museum Pest Control: A Survey of Collections Care Trends
      Lisa Goldberg and Julie Unruh
    • Buggin Out
      Heather Parks
    • Exhibitor Experience: Conserve
    • Lizards in the Library: A Case Study of an Established Resident Population of Mediterranean House Geckos in Collections Storage Areas and the Potential Impact of Global Warming on Other Institutions
      Alan Van Dyke
    • Exhibitor Experience: Zone Display Cases
    • An Odd Problem to Face: Integrated Pest Management and Thylodrias contractus (Odd Beetle)
      Rebecca Newberry

    View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems...

    Wednesday, Jun 2 at 5:00 pm EDT
    Partner Event: Getty Conservation Institute Virtual Lounge - Collections Environments (Pre-Registration Required)


    To access this program, you must receive a confirmation email from the Getty Conservation Institute and use that link to access the session. You won’t be able to access the session through this meeting portal.

    Too hot? Too cold? Too dry? Too humid? Is there a perfect balance? Those responsible for the care of collections in museums and other institutions, such as libraries and archives, are keenly aware of the impact of physical and ambient environments on a collection’s long-term preservation. Museum directors and other professional searching for pragmatic and sustainable strategies for creating safe collection environments, are now looking to the conservation field for guidance. Join Michal and Cecila for a conversation about managing collections environments. This will be an opportunity to hear about some of the ongoing research at the GCI, exchange ideas on related activities in your own institutions, and ask questions. Join us!

    What is the Virtual Lounge?

    Join a Getty Conservation Institute host for a coffee break or happy hour (depending on your time zone) in the Virtual Lounge, every Wednesday during the conference for an informal conversation focused on a different theme.  There will be a limited number of participants so that everyone will have a chance to engage in a relaxed environment and meet some new colleagues. 

    Registration and additional information about this week's topichttps://getty.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkcOGorD0qG9NTZvdcfAx_4VgD_99tI5ua

    Thursday, Jun 3 at 12:00 pm EDT
    Collection Care Network - Collection Care Adaptations


    Presentations in This Session

    • Learning from Incidents: Artwork Interaction Reporting and Lessons
      Samantha Owens
    • A Slack-Filled (r)evolution: Working Remotely Planet-Wide, Together
      Genevieve E. Tocci and Deborah L. Paul
    • Exhibitor Experience: Crystallizations Systems
    • Collections Care From Home: Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic
      Alan Van Dyke and Genevieve Pierce
    • Distance Management for Collection Preservation: Is this the Future?
      Lisa Elkin and Julia Sybalsky
    • Exhibitor Experience: MuseuM Services Corporation
    • Twelve Months, 2,500 Objects: Condition Reporting During Deinstallation of Exhibits at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
      Mariana Di Giacomo

    View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems...

    Thursday, Jun 3 at 2:30 pm EDT
    IMLS Office Hours


    You must pre-register for a time slot to attend an office hour time slot.

    Are you considering applying for a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Service's Office of Museum Services? Schedule a time to discuss your proposal idea or funding opportunities in a one-on-one session with Senior Museum Program Officer Mark Feitl.

    Friday, Jun 4 at 10:30 am EDT
    2021 Scholarly Writing Session



    Join us to learn more about the publishing process! Several members of the JAIC Editorial Board will be attending, so bring your questions for our Q&A. This session will run from 10:30am to 12:00pm EDT.

    • Julio M. del Hoyo, JAIC Editor-in-Chief, “Introduction to JAIC” (10 min)
    • Catherine Stephens, JAIC Associate Editor, “Preparing to Publish” (15 min)
    • Julio M. del Hoyo, “Reviewer guidelines” (10 min)
    • Corina Rogge, JAIC Associate Editor, “I've gotten my peer reviews, now what?” (15 min)
    • George Cooper, Managing Editor, Journals Anthropology, Conservation, Museum Studies & Heritage at Taylor & Francis “What happens after publication?” (15 min)
    • Discussion Q&A (25 min)

    Friday, Jun 4 at 12:00 pm EDT
    Collection Care Network Storage


    Presentations in This Session

    • Boxing with Leopold von Ranke
      David Stokoe
    • Stewardship and Storage: Rehousing and Reorganizing NMAI’s Textile Collection
      Hanna Muchnick and Nora Frankel
    • Exhibitor Experience: Goppion
    • Plastics in Natural History Collections – A Case Study
      Peter Giere
    • Safe to Shelve? Unusual Enclosures for Challenging Materials
      Susie Cobbledick
    • Exhibitor Experience: Gaylord Archival
    • An Affordable System for Converting Pallet Rack Shelving to Bin Storage for Framed Works of Art
      T. Ashley McGrew
    • Storage Improvements for Tanned Mammal Skins at the Michigan State University Museum
      Laura Abraczinskas and Barbara Lundrigan

    View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems...

    Friday, Jun 4 at 5:00 pm EDT
    Partner Event: SPNHC 'Old Croone Day' Social


    A pub hour to celebrate all things fluid preserved, and our collections as a whole! The 4th June marks the day when Croone presented the first fluid preserved specimens to the Royal Society in 1662. Join us to discover more about Croone and the wonderful world of pickled things, enjoy a short quiz, chat to colleagues, and share some fun tales such as:

       Favorite drinks - a place to discuss your favorite alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and share recipes. And remember to please enjoy alcohol responsibly!

       Tales from Collection Storage - What’s the weirdest or most wonderful thing you’ve seen preserved in fluid or otherwise?

       Preservation -  If you could preserve any extant or extinct animal or plant species in fluid, what would it be

       Pop Culture - Can you name any movies, books or TV shows that feature fluid preserved specimens?

     We look forward to you joining us for a fun hour to celebrate the fabulous world of fluid collections - just one of the many wonderful and inspiring collection areas that make up our incredible cultural and scientific heritage!