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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 description with related museum collections. Christina previously worked at the California Academy of Sciences as the Digital Projects Coordinator. | | Christina... Read More →
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Nicole Kearney

Coordinator, Biodiversity Heritage Library , Australia., Museum Victoria
Science communicator turned natural history archivist (discovering, digitizing, transcribing). @nicolekearney
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Barbara Mathe

Museum Archivist, American Museum of Natural History
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Becca Morgan

Special Collections Archivist, American Museum of Natural History
Becca is the special collections archivist at the American Museum of Natural History. She is interested in collection and archival management, data standards for description, and digital curation and preservation.

Russell White

Director of Collections, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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

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