Summary of Ideas Fair Presentations
|Helping Library Patrons
Boston Public Library
|Accessibility for Students
Wellesley Disability Services
|Safety and Hazards of Stonework
Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union
|Caring for Animals in Shelters
Animal Rescue League of Boston
|Creating Unique Products for the Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo
|Challenges of Preserving Film Materials
Harvard Film Archive
|Moving Artwork Safely and Mindfully
Harvard Art Museums—collections
|Balancing Art Security and Presentation
Harvard Art Museums—exhibits
|Daily Operations at Mount Auburn
Mount Auburn Cemetery
|Safety and Hazards at Maker Space
The Boston Public Library's mission is focused on four core areas: reading and literacy, spaces and programs, reference and instruction, and special collections and cultural heritage. Our commitment to be 'Free to All' is carved into the façade of the Central Library in Copley Square, and we are proud to welcome everyone equally regardless of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, faith, or economic status. Staff face a variety of challenges when managing the collections as well as working with the public to ensure equitable access to resources and information. I will address some institutional pain points including health and safety, logistics, privacy, wayfinding etc. as well as discuss the broader challenges Library workers face currently.
The Office of Accessibility and Disability Resources at Wellesley College works with the entire campus community: from applicants and prospective students to lifelong staff members, faculty, alumnae, and visitors for special events. Each student is viewed as an individual with a unique set of strengths and abilities. Accessibility and Disability professionals are available to provide individualized assistance and information to students. The Director of Accessibility and Disability Resources works with all students with disabilities, temporary or permanent, and is the first contact point for students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and attention disorders.
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers represents craftworkers in the trowel trades across the United States and Canada including bricklayers, stone and marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo and mosaic workers, and pointers/cleaners/caulkers. We will discuss the health and safety hazard associated with these trades.
For 120 years, The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has responded to the needs of animals and the people who care about them. We provide veterinary care, animal care and adoption, and field services. We also confront the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect through special police investigation and advocacy aimed at strengthening the laws that protect animals. Last year alone, we served more than 16,900 animals in need. I will give a brief intro into the hands-on animal services we provide and then we will discuss the unique challenges and safety concerns that our shelter staff face caring for animals in shelters and out in the field. For more information about the organization, visit www.arlboston.org.
Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education. Now more than ever, zoos are critically important in saving wildlife from extinction. Each day Zoo New England's Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are thinking outside the box to save species from extinction, while serving as centers of education, conservation, and research.
Challenges of Preserving Film Materials (slides, .pdf) Ignite—curiosity—history
Amy Sloper, John Quackenbush
Harvard Film Archive
The Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in the United States, with a collection of 40,000 motion picture films and videos, a growing number of manuscript collections, and nearly one million still photographs, posters, and other promotional materials from around the world and from almost every period in film history. We will discuss the unique challenges of preserving and responsibly providing access to analog film materials and showcase some of the unique equipment we use.
Harvard Art Museums has an encyclopedic collection of artwork which includes a wide range of media. The Collections Access division within the Collections Management department is responsible for the safe movement of artwork throughout all Museum facilities. The Collections Access staff move artwork for a variety of different purposes including moves to the Conservation lab spaces, the Photography studio and to support the Art Study Center program. The Art Study Center is an unique program which provides access to artwork which resides in storage for class teaching purposes, scholarly review or for personal viewing moments. This evening I will discuss the conveyances and equipment my team use to move artwork safely on a daily basis.
As any museum security guard could tell you, placing priceless works of art on public display is both an exciting and daunting prospect. The desire for museum collections to be broadly accessible and beautifully presented must be balanced with concern for their physical and environmental protection. Faced with an enormous variety of types of art objects—from ancient pottery to grand portraits to contemporary sculpture—museum professionals have devised a range of strategies to counteract both common and unexpected hazards. In this talk, Harvard Art Museums exhibition designer Elie Glyn will review some of the security-related criteria that go into the planning of gallery installations. He will share several examples of specific artworks that required extensive efforts behind-the-scenes in order that their presentation to the public appear effortless.
Mount Auburn has and always will be a sacred place of remembrance, a place to mourn those we have loved, a place to seek inspiration and solace, and a place to celebrate life. The Cemetery maintains unique features like reflection pools, woodland gardens, and scenic overlooks. The presentation will cover some of the day-to-day operations at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Artisan's Asylum is one of the largest maker spaces in the United States, occupying about 40,000 square feet in Somerville, MA. It is a hobby shop, business incubator, community space, and learning center. Some of the challenges are how to work together, how to keep it from burning down, keeping it secure, and making sure only trained people are qualified to use dangerous widgets. This presentation will cover Artisan's Asylum, and some of the unique challenges it has.