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Care and Handling of Audio and Video Recordings

In this presentation, Rebecca Elder, Principal of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation identifies the components of magnetic media, discusses how they deteriorate, and shares the best ways to slow this deterioration, both through environmental control and appropriate care and handling. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Collections Care in Extreme Conditions

In this presentation, Frances Harrell, Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), discusses alternative ways to care for collections, including choosing high quality enclosures, managing storage and use spaces, and combining environmental monitoring with appliances to manage extreme temperature and humidity. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Photograph and Document Encapsulation Slides

These slides are an introduction to using encapsulation as a method of storage for two-dimensional items. This information is helpful understanding when encapsulation is beneficial to items in your collections, supplies needed, and different types methods. These slides are part of Module 3: Save It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Physical Preservation Slides

These slides are an introduction to general physical preservation for your collections, with some format-specific information. This information is helpful for a beginner's understanding to preservation including terminology, risks, environment, storage and handling, formats, and further resources. These slides are part of Module 3: Save It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Cheat Sheet for Making Museum Storage Boxes

In this document, conservator Rebecca Elder provides instructions on how to design, cut and assemble corrugated boxes and dividers for artifact storage. These instructions supplements the hands-on session, "Custom Boxes and Dividers for Artifacts" Elder gave at the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.

Exhibit Fabrication: Safely and Effectively Displaying Books

In this video, Rebecca Elder, Principal at Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, discusses the special requirements for displaying books safely, including various book structures, characteristics, and environmental concerns. She also demonstrates how to create a cost-effective custom-fitted book cradle to protect books during exhibition and add to the display aesthetics. This session was part of the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Collections Handling Essentials

This document provides basic guidelines for handling collection materials created on paper, including books, photographic prints, manuscripts, maps, and architectural drawings. In addition to handling, the document contains points about photocopying and the transport of oversized materials.

Collection Labeling: Safely Applying Accession Numbers to Museum Objects

In this video, Nancy Odegaard and Gina Watkinson, conservators at the Arizona State Museum, discuss and illustrate good and bad labeling techniques. The presenters describe the contents of a well-stocked collections labeling kit, methods of applying numbers to a variety of objects, and provide an overview of unacceptable marking methods and materials. The video also demonstrates the use of laser-printed paper labels, which adhered with non-solvent based adhesives are more efficient and safer for people and objects, easier to read, and easier to remove. This session was part of the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.

Care and Curation of Basketry

In this video, Nancy Odegaard and Gina Watkinson, both conservators at the Arizona State Museum, discuss museum stewardship techniques for basketry by sharing their experiences working on the "Woven Wonders Basketry Preservation Project," a Save America's Treasures project at the Arizona State Museum. Through a hands-on demonstration, the presenters show how to identify baskets, handle them appropriately, and how to clean and mount them safely. They also provide some best practices on cataloging, photographing, documenting, storing and labeling basket collections. This session was part of the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.

Conservation for Cleaning Glass Beadwork

In this video, Nicole Grabow, conservator at the Midwest Art Conservation Center, provides a hands-on course on conservation techniques for cleaning glass beadwork. A brief introduction to conservation ethics, trouble-spotting, and the properties of glass are followed by a cleaning demonstration. This session was part of the 2015 ATALM annual conference held in Washington, DC on September 9-12, 2015.