ECN Members,

Please share widely and with anyone that you think would be interested or would benefit from participating.  The 2nd Entomological Collections Management Workshop is now open for registration.  This year, the workshop will be conducted at the Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee, WI and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL (transportation between will be provided for workshop participants).  The workshop is going to be a day longer than last year and will be from July 17-20 (Monday-Thursday).  Registrants should plan to arrive on Sunday, July 16 and depart on Friday, July 21.  There will be a meet and greet the night before the workshop begins at the MPM. Building on feedback from our first course last year, we are delighted to be expanding the course both in terms of content and instructors.  The workshop will be led by co-instructors Dr. David G. Furth (Furth Museum Consulting), Dr. Jennifer Zaspel (MPM), Dr. Crystal Maier (FMNH) and Dr. Floyd Shockley (Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History).  In addition, we are pleased to be joined by Deborah Paul from iDigBio for part of the workshop focusing on digitization of collections.  Additional details will be forthcoming for those who register.

Workshop details:

Registration fee: $500

Registration open March 15 - April 30, 2017

Registration deadline: April 30, 2016 (payment must be received by this date)

Participants: 25 maximum (first come, first served)

Note: participation is limited to 25 and registration is first come, first served. You are not officially registered until payment is received.  The workshop will mostly be conducted at the MPM with an all-day field trip to the FMNH on Wednesday, July 19.  We have secured a block of rooms for confirmed registrants at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites in Milwaukee.  Only confirmed registrants will be given the code to reserve a room as part of the block.  We encourage those who have institutional support to pay their own way or at least partially cover their expenses to do so, but for those who wish to attend there is an additional box on the registration form where you must write a justification to receive a travel grant (up to $1000 to be reimbursed after the workshop).  Those who register and do not have institutional support but fail to provide compelling justification to receive the travel grant will be refunded the registration.

Register via the ECN website:

Workshop Sponsors: Entomological Collections Network (ECN), the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section (SysEB) of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Field Museum of Natural History

General Topics to be covered:

  *   Collection digitization techniques, management and workflows
  *   Collections management policies, procedures, plans, mission statements
  *   Collection Profiling/Assessment
  *   Kinds of collections (para-collections, teaching/exhibits, etc.)
  *   Collection profiling (assessment)
  *   Specimen packing & shipping
  *   Specimen preparation & labeling
  *   Storage: compactors, cabinets, drawers, trays (pinned, ethanol, slides)
  *   Collection curation: arrangement, standardization, loans
  *   Collection conservation (e.g., environmental monitoring, T & RH, materials interactions, etc.)
  *   IPM (fumigants, freezing, etc.)
  *   Permitting (endangered/threatened species, IUCN, etc. lists)
  *   Moving collections
  *   Orphaned collection & deactivation
  *   Collections management literature
  *   Useful websites & vendors
  *   Archives & libraries
  *   Value of collections
  *   Deeds of gift
  *   Outreach (tours, public education, etc.)
  *   Personnel: volunteers, work study, interns, research associates/collaborators, contractors, supervision, etc.
  *   Security issues (access, theft)
  *   Building issues & planning (physical plant, architects, floor loading, etc.)

Individuals who complete the training program will receive a certificate acknowledging their expertise in Entomological Collections Management and Best Practices, an electronic copy of all lectures, and PDF's of relevant literature.  ECN will also be creating and maintaining a registry of individuals who have completed the course as a permanent form of documentation.  We will again be asking participants to complete evaluation forms on the course and its contents on the final day so that we can further refine it for future offerings.  Anyone wishing to come and work in the collections prior to or after the workshop are welcome to arrange in advance, but expenses for such an extension are not covered in the cost of registration nor will they be reimbursed by ECN or SysEB.



Floyd W. Shockley, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.
Collections Manager (Acting)
Department of Entomology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 165
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Tel (office): 202-633-0982
Fax (office): 202-786-2894
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