The Documentation Committee of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) requests your participation in a survey involving best practice topics pertinent to natural history museums.
We are seeking responses from individuals with registration and collections management responsibilities for natural history collections (including archaeology and ethnology). If your duties do not include registration or collections management of natural history collections, please feel free to pass this on to a more appropriate individual, or to interested colleagues elsewhere. At present we are focusing primarily on the U.S. and Canada, but we hope to expand the scope of the site and welcome international responses.
This survey seeks to better understand the information and resource needs of the natural history collections community, including museums, parks, university collections, and other organizations caring for natural and cultural history collections. The purpose is to identify, collect, and provide information about best practices specific to natural history collections, including current helpful resources. Holes or gaps in best practices need to be identified and addressed. This survey is the first step in identifying these holes. Please note that we are primarily seeking to identify collections management challenges; we recognize that how things are currently done is not always "best practices."
The results of this survey will be used to guide the creation of an in-depth resource website on natural history collections best practices, to be hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) at http://www.spnhc.org. The results will also be published in the SPNHC Journal, "Collection Forum." All answers will remain confidential and no results will be publicly associated with an institution or individual unless specific permission is granted.
We appreciate you filling out this survey. It consists of 31 questions and should take about 10 minutes to fill out. There are no required answers. These responses will help determine which topics are of most concern to the natural history community, which will be addressed first on the website.
All answers will remain confidential and no results will be publicly associated with an institution unless specific permission is granted.
Thank you for your help!
The survey was generated as part of an internship from the RCN (Research Coordination Network) for Building a National Community of Natural History Collections (http://www.collectionsweb.org/), sponsored by SPNHC, and hosted by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (SNOMNH).