Message #127
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date:	Wed, 18 Mar 1998
Subject: Partnerships For Federal Collections Conference 

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Sally Shelton

This is a first review of the abstracts or program/
workshop proposals for the 1998 conference on
Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated
Collections. For more information,if you did not
receive a flyer, please check the DOI web site at:
The conference is shaping up very well and I am pleased with the caliber of proposals and abstracts to date. All we need is more! Never mind what the flyer says: spread the word that the deadline has been extended to 15 May. Here's an overview of what has been proposed to date. Pre-conference workshops: Collections management for archaeology collections (invitation only) Creating repositories for archaeology and paleontology holdings from Federal and other agencies (co-sponsored by the San Diego Archaeological Center) Keynote address: John Berry, DOI Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management and Budget Plenary addresses: Jason Hall, American Association of Museums "Relationships between Federal Agencies and Museums Serving as Repositories" "Examples of Significant Museum-Federal Government Partnerships" Sessions and talks: White Mountain Apache Models for Intertribal Cooperation in NAGPRA Preventive Conservation as a Strategy for the In-Perpetuity Preservation of Federally-Associated Collections The Internet, Communications Technology, and Collections: Web-based Publication and Public Communication When is the Information Enough? When is It Not? Development of a Consistent Framework for Quality Control and Quality Assurance in Fish Taxonomy Associated with Faunistic and Aquatic Community Assessment Department of Defense Archaeological Collections (two half-day sessions) The Internet, Communications Technology, and Collections Biodiversity Value of Federal Collections (half-day session) The Tennessee Valley Authority Historic Collection Developing Exhibits from Federal Collections US Army Ordnance Museum Restoration Project of Outdoor Ordnance Collection The conference schedule right now is as follows: Monday-Tuesday, November 16-17: Preconference workshops (open as well as agency-specific); Mission Valley Marriott, San Diego Archeological Center, various Balboa Park locations Wednesday-Thursday, November 18-19: Keynote address and theme sessions; Mission Valley Marriott Friday: Plenary session, town hall discussion, and resolutions; Balboa Park Club Stay in touch and let everyone know that the program is still open for contributions. Sally Y. Shelton Director, Collections Care and Conservation San Diego Natural History Museum, P.O. Box 1390, San Diego, CA 92112 619) 232-3821, x226; FAX (619) 232-0248 Department of the Interior Museum Program Federal Collections Conference Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections Conference Announcement and Call for Papers November 18-20, 1998 San Diego, California. Sponsored by The U.S. Department of the Interior and hosted by The San Diego Natural History Museum with the San Diego Archaeological Center San Diego Marriott Mission Valley What is a Federally-Associated Collection? Millions of objects, specimens, documents and other records are managed in the public trust of the United States. These come from Federal lands and sites, agencies, and programs. Federal and non-Federal institutions often share the responsibility for care of and access to these collections. In 1996, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, sponsored the first conference designed to explore the issues surrounding Federal and non-Federal partnerships to manage such collections. This conference will build on the results of the 1996 meeting with the intention of providing practical strategies for fostering practical and useful partnerships among Federal, tribal, institutional and amateur interests. There will be two days of pre-conference activities, followed by three days of formal presentation sessions. Pre- or post-conference field trips may be arranged based on participant interest. Who Should Attend This Conference? Representatives of state and private institutions that hold Federally-associated collections Federal curators and other professionals concerned with collections Managers of Federal agencies Tribal representatives University collections managers and curators Collections users (researchers, students, educators) Managers of repositories for Federally-associated collections Staff of private consulting firms and contractors Representatives of professional societies Responsible amateur collectors and organizations Possible Workshop and Session Themes and Topics The following themes and topics are preliminary suggestions only. The final program will reflect the stated preferences and interests of the participants. Creating and Managing Repositories for Federally- Associated Collections Physical requirements and planning Governance, contracts and policies Access issues Managing the costs Multiple agency management issues Insurance and accountability Trans-Border Issues: The United States, Mexico, and Federal Law Permits regulations on both sides of the border Models for binational collections programs Federal law and international collections Resource sharing initiatives Customs and collections: a forum Permits, Public Lands, and Collections The spectrum of Federal permits and agencies Streamlining research permit applications Updates on permit eligibility and restrictions Protective legislation for public land resources Protection of sites in the public trust Legal Aspects of Partnerships MOAs and MOUs Cooperative agreements and contracts Liability, responsibility, and ownership The Internet, Communications Technology, and Collections Changing levels of access to federally-associated Collections and information Database design for access and security Impact of FOIA, on-line accessibility, and privacy issues Legislative Updates Forensics Collections Forensic uses of collections Physical and intellectual access and restrictions Management issues of forensic collections Private Collecting, Public Trust Transferring private collections to the public trust The roles and impacts of amateur collectors Creating effective public-private liaisons NAGPRA and Native American Issues Care of sacred and culturally sensitive collections Updates on NAGPRA and repatriation NAGPRA grant recipient projects Management of Federally-Associated Archives Multimedia access to collections information Technology transfer and media upgrades Public access, privacy, and intellectual property Collections Conservation Issues Destructive and non-destructive analysis Anoxic storage and microenvironments Effective preventive conservation programs Managing Functional Object Collections Machinery and weaponry collections problems Historic re-enactment and liability issues Preservation, restoration, and use Discipline-Specific Collections Issue Sessions Archaeology Geology Archives and records History Art Microbiology Botany Military collections Ethnography Paleontology Zoology Agency-Specific Collections Issue Sessions For Further Information Please send your name, address, phone, FAX, and email information to: Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections Sally Shelton, Director, Collections Care San Diego Natural History Museum P. O. Box 1390 San Diego, CA 92112 Phone (619) 232-3821, x226; fax (619) 232-0248 email If you are interested in organizing a session or presenting an individual paper, please send in a 100-word abstract with your contact information. We anticipate that sessions will run for two hours each, with 5 to 6 papers per session and time for discussion. You may also propose topics for pre-conference activities and workshops for November 16 and 17, 1998. The preliminary and final programs will be based on the expressed interests and preferences of participants, so please indicate the topics that are of the greatest use to you. Registration materials will be mailed to all respondents starting 15 April 1998.