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Best Practices Committee
Discussions have continued over the
past year about how SPNHC can effectively manage Best Practices in a
diverse community that includes collections managers, curators, conservators,
facility managers and informaticians.
One of the many ways to promote and
encourage best practices is through partnerships. In May, Tim White will attend
the AIC conference in San Francisco
to hear firsthand of the activities of the
Collections Care Network and possible
collaborations with SPNHC. Plans are
underway to co-sponsor a technical
session at the Geological Society of
America in the fall 2014 with iDigBio.
Talia Karim (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Tim White
are working with Gil Nelson (iDigBio) on an outline for the
session, if accepted. Discussions are continuing with a couple
of other groups for co-sponsored sessions, but if anyone is
interested in organizing a "Best Practices Session" at a discipline meeting please touch base with James Macklin or Tim
The Bylaws Committee is responsible
for the continued development of the
Society Bylaws as needed, monitoring
Society activities to ensure agreement
with the Bylaws, and for periodic updates to the Leadership Manual of
This March 2014, James Macklin and Tim White are helping
to organize an iDigBio workshop focusing on the digitization of original source documentation and the integration
of this material in the management of museum collections.
One of the products of this workshop will be a post-meeting
workshop at our annual meeting 2015 in Gainesville, Florida
that will focus on the care, management and digitization of
archives and source-documentation.
James Macklin and Tim White have been working with the
SPNHC Web committee on the development of a SPNHC
wiki for the management of information as it relates to committee activities and best practices documentation case studies of specific topical areas. If you have areas of interest you
would like to pursue and lead a discussion on please contact
Tim or James.
Tim White and James Macklin, Co-chairs
Bylaws: No new issues were brought to
the attention of the committee this year.
Leadership Manual: The committee is responsible for keeping the Leadership Manual current. Unfortunately, the goal of
completing the revision of the Leadership Manual still has yet
to be met. Some significant progress was made this year with
a number of sections submitted by committee chairs. We also
acknowledge that the recent implementation of the Society's
Strategic Plan does impact the content of some sections of the
Jean-Marc Gagnon, Chair
Arrangements for the 2014 meeting,
to be held at Museum Wales, Cardiff, Wales, are progressing smoothly
under the leadership of Julian Carter
(see conference details elsewhere in
this newsletter and on the conference
website at http://www.museumwales.
ac.uk/en/spnhc2014). Sign up for
their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Spnhc2014/574362532614336) for up-to-date details and
more information. In addition plans are continuing to progress for the 2015 meeting in Gainesville, Florida, and the
2016 meeting in Berlin, Germany. We also have a couple of
preliminary offers for meeting venues for 2017 and will continue to work with these to finalize plans.
Work continues on the draft Policies and Guidelines for Planning and Conducting Annual Meetings document in conjunction with past, present and future local organizing committees.
Andrew Bentley, Chair
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