Presenters: Maureen Battistella, Southern Oregon University; Dorothy Cotton, Phoenix Historical Society and Museum; Eva Guggemos, Pacific University; Cam Amabile, Oregon Heritage
Collection level finding aids, in common use at libraries and archives, can be a useful tool for museums. A finding aid broadly describes a collection and helps to physically organize materials, is useful in planning exhibits and grant proposals and can serve as the first step in larger projects. Most importantly, a finding aid can be an easy and quick way to make content publicly available. The presenters will describe the value of collection finding aids, demonstrate how they are put together, and explore Oregon Heritage resources that can help with project planning and implementation. During this participatory session attendees will develop a template finding aid for their museum.