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Society Reports Best Practices Committee Bylaws 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 White. 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 the Society. 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. Respectfully submitted, 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 manual. Respectfully submitted, Jean-Marc Gagnon, Chair Conference Committee 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. Sign up for their Facebook page ( 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. Respectfully submitted, Andrew Bentley, Chair April 2014 * 7

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Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections April 2014