Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care.

But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper practices or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do?

This webinar is for paid and unpaid staff, from organizations of all sizes including all-volunteer, who care for collections.

Guest speaker Scott Carrlee, Curator of Museum Services at the Alaska State Museum, discusses specific preventive conservation practices you can perform and those you should leave for a conservator. For almost ten years, Scott has provided information and technical support to local history organizations in Alaska so he is very familiar with challenges faced by small museums. He is also a trained conservator, having worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian. Scott was active in the piloting of StEPs and contributed to the Small Museum Toolkit.

This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and others interested in the webinar topic.

StEPs Labs provide an in-depth look at a topic central to operating a museum, historic house, site, or related organization. A few minutes of each lab are dedicated to connecting the webinar topic to national museum standards and the StEPs program performance indicators.

Applying what you learn in a Lab to your organization’s policies and practices means you are making meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates you earn. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and an organization that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.