In an increasingly digital and remote landscape, many small and mid-sized cultural institutions have had to drastically change the way they assess collections for possible acquisition and processing. Challenges have ranged from assessing donated born digital objects to donation paperwork looking for a virtual signature. This chat will discuss the changes cultural institutions have seen over the last few years regarding collections and collecting as well as discuss strategies to review collections virtually and to make the intake process efficient through updated forms, digital signatures, remote workspaces, and new ways of working with donors.
Sarah Kapellusch is an instructor for the Northern States Conservation Center’s Museum Classes Online where she teaches Legal Issues in Collections Management, Collection Management Databases, and Found in the Collections: Orphans, Old Loans, and Abandoned Property. She is also the Registrar at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum where she is responsible for the administrative oversight of the historical collections. She is past President of the Wisconsin Federation of Museums Board and has served on the AASLH Nomenclature Committee and as an AAM Peer Reviewer.