Use collections care to reach out to and interest the public, in order to increase the number of visitors and gain new members.
Public awareness is the key starting point for building support—from individuals, from local government, from the private sector. When people have first-hand experience with the issues facing your collections, they can become effective advocates in the community.
Amber Kerr-Allison, paintings conservator, Smithsonian’s Lunder Conservation Center
Amber Kerr-Allison has conducted public outreach activities at the Smithsonian’s Lunder Conservation Center.
Susan Blakney, chief conservator, West Lake Conservation, Skaneatles (New York)
Susan Blakney has helped many small museums with which she has consulted involve their communities in their collections.
Beth Tice, associate director, Central Libraries, Baylor University (Waco, Texas)
Beth Tice has reached beyond the university community to show the residents of Waco ways in which the library’s collections and resources can help them preserve their own treasures.