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Collection Care Network approved by AIC Board

From: Rachael Perkins Arenstein <rachael<-at->
Date: Monday, January 23, 2012
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, 2012 founding committee members will
meet to begin planning how we to best 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 on the AIC Blog at


or contact Rebecca Fifield at rebecca.fifield<-at->metmuseum<.>org, no
later than January 30, 2012 with any comments, ideas or issues you
would like the committee members to consider at the Jan 31. 2012
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 and 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 and Task
    Forces; the staff liaison is the Membership Director.

Standing Charge

    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.

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