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ECN-L  February 2018, Week 2

ECN-L February 2018, Week 2

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Re: Question regarding staff support for entomological collections at U.S. universities

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Back when I was Curator at the University of Arkansas, we at first had a
collection manager (Chris Carlton, subsequently happily a Curator himself
albeit not at Arkansas) on soft money, then a cobbled-together position. 
Eventually I combined my hard-money technician position funds (too low to
attract a good collection manager)with a commitment I negotiated for with
the Department of Entomology to be able to offer a research associate
level position at a more reasonable salary.  The collection manager not
only took care of the collection but also handled ID questions, museum
tours, etc. The collection then had about 7-800,000 specimens, and
received an NSF collections improvement grant when I was there (with
Chris).

I am not sure what happened (or will happen eventually) after I left for
Illinois - I hope the commitment was more or less permanent but am not
sure.


Jim
> Paul,
> Here at the Bohart I have one full-time hard money collection manager and
> a ¾ time outreach coordinator who is part hard money and part soft. Plus
> my position, which is full-time faculty and full-time director/fund
> raiser.
>
> Lynn Kimsey
> Bohart Museum of Entomology
> University of California
> One Shields Ave.
> Davis, CA 95616
>
> From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Marek
> Sent: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 1:17 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Question regarding staff support for entomological collections at
> U.S. universities
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> This question is mostly directed toward directors/curators of
> entomological collections at U.S. universities.
>
> If your collection has a permanent position assigned to it (e.g.
> collections manager, curatorial assistant, technician, undergraduate,
> GRA—i.e. other than than the director/curator), how do you pay for this
> position? Is it through extension, soft money, department/college,
> university?
>
> The Virginia Tech Insect Collection (VTEC,
> collection.ento.vt.edu<http://collection.ento.vt.edu>) received a NSF CSBR
> in 2015 that reinvigorated the collection after ~20 years, spurring
> digitization, staff/student hires, infrastructure improvements, and
> consequently an increase in loans, data inquiries, research, and usage of
> the material. The CSBR award is ending this year, and I want to keep the
> momentum of the natural history collection going. I am therefore in the
> process of finding support for the VTEC. We have received some private
> donations, which are great, but they're sporadic and have only started to
> replenish a small gift account. The collection, after the NSF award ends,
> would then be only supported by a department-supported phone line and a
> faculty position (me as curator, but with a 0% appointment to work in the
> collection).
>
> I recently requested a permanent position for the VTEC from our college
> dean and department head. They were generally receptive about the idea,
> but wanted to hear how other universities pay for these positions.
>
> Thank you for any information or advice you have.
>
> Paul Marek
>
>
>
> --
> Paul E. Marek
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech
> Price Hall, Rm 216A (MC0319)
> 170 Drillfield Drive
> Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
> (540) 231-5653
> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Lab website: www.jointedlegs.org<http://www.jointedlegs.org>
> VT Insect Collection:
> collection.ento.vt.edu<http://collection.ento.vt.edu>
>


-- 
James B. Whitfield
Department of Entomology
320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
http://www.life.illinois.edu/whitfield

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