Security in Archives and Manuscript Repositories

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
10 ARC, 1.5 CEU
2 days
Max Attendees: 

Archival theft continues to be big business! News of archival theft is no longer restricted to professional literature, but appears all too frequently in the mainstream media. What is stolen? Who steals? How can you fight back? This workshop explores all of these issues in depth through lectures, case studies, exercises, and discussion.

On the first day, examine the problem: look at facility design and reading room management, including essential procedures, identification, patron deportment, and more. Explore collection management—including methods of document and artifact identification, basic prevention procedures, post-theft response, and the three levels of cultural collection protection. Conclude with a group discussion.

On the second day, participate in exercises and group discussion to explore security program, policy design, and insider theft. In the afternoon learn more about advanced technology, how to work with vendors and contractors, and exhibition security, including lending artifacts and records to other repositories. The workshop concludes with an assessment of actions to lobby for changes, public relations and dealing with the media, and working with donors and trustees.

Learning Outcomes: 
Evaluate existing policies and procedures for staff and researchers, storage and reading room design, techniques of processing, collection management, and exhibit policies
Choose security policies and procedures that make it easier to avoid theft or loss
Develop a repository security program, make informed choices on advanced security technology, work with vendors and contractors on a higher level, deal confidently with lending artifacts and records to other repositories, and advance the cause through lobbying, public relations, and donor/trustee relationships
Who Should Attend: 

This workshop is appropriate for archivists and manuscript curators from every type of facility. It is especially relevant for archivists at the department-head level and administrators and managers who have the authority to modify procedures and policies within individual institutions.

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