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Saturday, August 22 • 10:00am - 11:00am
SESSION 704 - A Different Type of Animal? Advocating for Natural Science Archives

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Primary resources often reveal information related to collections in museums, but lack of expertise and archival staff often relegate the archives to a second tier. This session, organized by the newly formed Natural Science Archives Association, includes archivists and a museum collection manager who discuss how archives are as essential for the study of natural science as the specimen collections themselves. This broad discussion emphasizes surveying, cataloging, digitizing, and transcribing field books and illustrating how, using data standards for records (EAD) and for their associated entities (e.g., the names of the persons and expeditions, EAC-CPF), it is possible to link publications, specimens, and archives within and across libraries, archives, and museums as a model for archives across all subject areas. 


Julia Blase

Field Book Project Manager, Smithsonian Institution
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Christina V. Fidler

Museum Archivist, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
Christina is the archivist for the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology’s (MVZ) CLIR grant, The Hidden Collections Project. She manages the cataloging, processing, preservation, and organization of the museum’s archival collections. Her interests are in linking archival resources and... Read More →
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Nicole Kearney

Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Australia, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Australia
Zoologist and science communicator working to make Australia's biodiversity heritage literature openly accessible and discoverable for everyone. Manager of the Australian branch of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Chair of the BHL's Global Persistent Identifier Working Group... Read More →
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Barbara Mathe

Museum Archivist, American Museum of Natural History

Rebecca Morgan

Special Collections Archivist, American Museum of Natural History
Rebecca Morgan is the Special Collections Archivist in the American Museum of Natural History. Her responsibilities include managing an ongoing efforts to identify, describe and advise on the stewardship of archival collections across the museum.
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Tim White

Director of Collections, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Saturday August 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 25C Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

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