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Hi All,

Agreed with Luc, Norm, and Greg - we're all witnessing firsthand the
uncertainty that comes with a global pandemic. Having loaned specimens
scattered in students' homes, under uncertain condition, risks loss or
destruction of the collections the community has worked so hard to build
over hundreds of years. Let's use this time to reflect, think, and write
(thesis chapters!), as well as attend to our lives, which are going to
experience a major upheaval in the coming months. In times like this, it's
easy to get swept up in the moment and feel as though examining *these
*specimens,
*right now* is the most critical thing, but it's up to us to remember,
we're a creative bunch - theses can be reworked, goals can be reassessed,
and gaps can be filled in later. The specimens will be there when we
return.

As it specifically relates the collection for which I'm currently
the custodian - please, all *Entomology specimens from the MCZ collection
must remain at the borrowing institution for the duration of the loan.*

That being said, you may decide for yourself whether you'd like to take
certain "low risk" specimens from your own collections home - I've brought
home a pile of material that I've collected over the years, in personal
collecting, so that I can mount and label them. That will help keep me sane!

Sincerely.

Crystal


On Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 5:38 PM Leblanc, Luc ([log in to unmask]) <
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> As a museum manager, with many of our loans out for student projects, I
> agree with Norman and Greg that specimens are safest when remaining in
> institutions. A forced home retreat is the opportunity to sit and advance
> on thesis writing, that far too frequently falls under procrastination and
> is done under pressure on the last semester, and many thesis chapters never
> end up published.
>
> Luc Leblanc
>
> Curator of the William F. Barr Entomological Museum
>
> University of Idaho, Department of Entomology, Plant pathology and
> Nematology (EPPN)
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> *Subject:* Re: Planning for next steps (or taking specimens home)
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> Greetings,
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>
> Norm makes a good point about the ‘letter of responsibility’ having
> questionable impact on the outcome of such an agreement. History has shown
> the same risks exist with the sign-off on formal loan invoices where the
> material never left a borrower’s main office. Once the material is in the
> hands of a borrower, it is expected that they will handle the material
> appropriately and take all effort to care for the material in a
> professional and diligent manner, and return the material by the loan
> deadline. An agreement to allow movement of material off-site would no way
> release the borrower from the same responsibility to care for the specimens
> as they would if in their lab.
>
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>
> Norm’s concern does motivate me to modify my earlier statement to ask any
> student, faced with having to work remotely, talk to your advisor and then
> contact me directly for permission to move Carnegie Museum material
> off-site, and I will be happy to evaluate each request separately.
>
>
>
> No material should be mailed back to the museum at this time, and no loans
> will be processed during our shutdown, scheduled at this point to last two
> weeks, but considering the fluidity of the situation, that could last
> longer…
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>
> Cheers!
>
> Bob
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> Robert A. Androw
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> *From: *Johnson, Norman <[log in to unmask]>
> *Sent: *Sunday, March 15, 2020 12:59 PM
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> *Subject: *Re: Planning for next steps (or taking specimens home)
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> I suggest we tap on the brakes here a bit. I emphatically disagree with
> the suggestion that students be allowed to take borrowed specimens home for
> study. At the very least this is not a decision that the borrower should
> make without consultation with and the agreement of the loaner. I don't
> know what the practical impact would be of having a student sign off on a
> statement of responsibility.
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> Norm
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Crystal A. Maier, Ph.D.
Curatorial Associate, Entomology
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
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