goal of linking CCN members through a discussion list as a top
priority. Immediate needs discussed during the meeting included:
collecting and posting annotated links to preferred resources for
collection care practitioners; creating tools for support of collec-
tion professionals, including job descriptions and salary surveys;
and developing preventive care advocacy materials. Planning
begun during this meeting has already led to two joint sessions to
be held at the June 11–16, 2012 annual meeting of the Society for
the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC). (For
more information see the SPNHC 2012 website: http://peabody.
yale.edu/collections/spnhc2012/home). Many future partnerships
The items described above are but a portion of the initial work
that will begin to realize the Standing Charge given to the CCN
by the AIC Board.
The CCN organizing committee (Rachael Arenstein, Julia
Brennan, Rebecca Fifield, Gretchen Guidess, Catharine Hawks,
Wendy Jessup, Karen Pavelka, Patricia Silence, and Joelle Wickens)
has appointed a slate of officers to facilitate project planning.
The committee adopted both abbreviated and staggered terms
to expedite and promote future diversity of the CCN leadership
among professional groups that will compose the CCN. The
The CCN will bring together preservation organizations,
professionals, and information resources to support the critical
work of collection care. We consider preservation as an umbrella
concept that covers both preventive care and conservation treat-
ment. The CCN wishes to foster dynamic exchange among
collaborators engaged in preventive care, grow the body of
preventive care knowledge, and disseminate this knowledge to
support the work of all collection care practitioners, conservators,
and allied professions. Join us.
Joelle Wickens, 2012–2014
Wendy Claire Jessup, 2012–2013
Gretchen Guidess, 2012–2015
Historic New England
Cathy Hawks, 2012
National Museum of Natural
Rebecca Fifield, 2012–2014
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
Karen Pavelka, 2012–2015
University of Texas at Austin
Robert Waller, 2012–2015
Protect Heritage Corp.
Membership & Meetings
Come speak with us during the Outreach to Allies Session on
Wednesday, May 9, in Albuquerque. The CCN will participate
as part of this afternoon session. We seek your ideas on a wide
array of preventive care topics that will be introduced as part of
the session. Please watch the CCN webpage (www.conservation-
us.org/collectioncare) for a list of themes that will be considered.
Meet the CCN Committee members immediately following
the outreach session and continue the discussions raised during
the forum. The CCN will host a gathering immediately following
the session so the conversation may continue.
Join us! If you are already a member of AIC, contact Ruth
Seyler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request that she add
you to the CCN at no additional cost. If you are not a member of
AIC, join and be sure to select CCN participation on your mem-
bership form—still no additional cost.
Consult the CCN website regularly (www.conservation-us.org/
collectioncare). We are developing a number of resources and
opportunities for members to connect.
FAIC received a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to
support travel to the AIC Annual Meeting by nine international
speakers. Travel funds for speakers from four countries will
enhance the programs of specialty groups as well as the general
session in Albuquerque. The speakers are:
Textile Specialty Group
FAIC awarded 30 grants and scholarships, totaling $23,150, this
winter. Awards were made in nine different categories:
FAIC Carolyn Horton Scholarships
Laura Hortz Stanton
(funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
Diana Lorena Diaz Cañas
FAIC Course: “Scientific Analysis
A special deadline for FAIC/NEH scholarship applications has
been set for May 15 for support to attend NEH-funded FAIC
workshops. The next regular FAIC deadline is September 15, for
Individual Professional Development, Workshop Development,
Lecture, Regional Angels, and Small Meetings Support grants.
More information and application forms are available at www.
conservation-us.org/grants or from the FAIC office.