The founding members of the Collections Care Network (CCN) are excited to announce the network has been approved by the AIC Board of Directors. Now we are beginning the work to create a voice for collections care, preventive conservation, and all of its practitioners. On January 31, founding committee members will meet to begin planning how to encourage and implement the ideas voiced in the Charge prepared for the CCN by the AIC Board of Directors and included in full below. We want to add your ideas and concerns to that discussion. Please post comments here on the blog or contact Rebecca Fifield at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org , no later than January 30 with any ideas or issues you would like the committee members to consider at the Jan 31 meeting or in the coming months.
AIC Collection Care Network Charge
The AIC Collection Care Network (CCN) was created in recognition of “the critical importance of preventive conservation as the most effective means of promoting the long-term preservation of cultural property” (Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, #20) and to support the growing number of conservators and collections care professionals with strong preventive responsibilities and interests. Its purpose is to:
- Create awareness of preventive care
- Identify and develop standards and best practices, training, and other projects to advance preventive care in institutions of all types and sizes, locally, nationally, and globally
- Provide resources to support collection care and conservation professionals
- Work with related groups to reach and support key collections care constituents
The Collection Care Network is a Division of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and is therefore bound by the Bylaws of the AIC and policies set by the AIC Board of Directors. Any revisions to the CCN Charge require written approval by the AIC Board of Directors.
The initial officers of the CCN are chosen by the organizing committee, in staggered terms, and presented to the AIC Board of Directors for approval. Thereafter, candidates for open positions are prepared by the CCN officers for approval by the AIC Board of Directors. All officers must be current members of AIC. Officers include a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, communications and outreach officer, editor, and chair emeritus. Terms of office are three years with an option to serve a second term if other officers approve. The Board liaison to the CCN is the Board Director for Committees & Task Forces; the staff liaison is the Membership Director.
- Create a network of collections and conservation professionals committed to the preventive care of collections. The network will support current AIC members and work to encourage non-member collections care professionals to become AIC members.
- Advance the understanding that preventive care preserves our cultural heritage in a way that post-damage, interventive treatment cannot restore.
- Advocate for professional recognition of all collections care professionals and support the development of the role they play in institutional preservation planning.
- Encourage collections and conservation professionals to exchange preservation information, ideas, and research.
- Provide preventive care programs and resources that will be of interest to the broad spectrum of constituents the CCN intends to serve.
- Network with related collections and conservation organizations to better support shared goals.