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Join or Die? Expanding Collaboration among Philadelphia's Collecting Institutions

Monday, July 17th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

Now Online: Report Summaries, Commentary, Next Steps [Adobe Acrobat file]

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Historic sites, museums, special collections libraries, and archives share many of the same interests, whether in collections management, audience-building, or technology.

We’ve all reaped the benefits of collaborations with similar institutions. But can we do more? How can collaborations between museums and libraries, or among all these groups, help us all to find new ways to work smarter and stretch budgets and staff in the areas of administration, reaching out to new audiences, engaging with new partners outside the collections community, developing our collections, and approaching funders?

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), in collaboration with the Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, and the Delaware Valley Archivists Group, is sponsoring a half-day conversation among collecting institutions to consider how we can collaborate more effectively to preserve the region's extraordinary cultural resources and enhance the cultural life of the community. Join us for an afternoon of presentations, discussion, and consideration of next steps.

Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

1:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
1:10 Laura Koloski, Senior Program Associate, Heritage Philadelphia Program, The Changing Face of Collaboration.

Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts and Culture Service, WHYY. Recognizing the Future: Perceiving Patterns for Collaboration 2.0 and Beyond.


Presentations on Collaborative Projects: Successes, Problems and Opportunities

  • Glen Ruzicka, Director of Conservation, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.
    Philadelphia Collections Central: An Idea Whose Time is Yet to Come.
  • David Moltke-Hansen, President, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Board, Civil War History Consortium and Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries. Doing the Math: Making Wholes that are More than the Sums of the Parts.
  • Page Talbott, Associate Director, and Chief Curator, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. Collaboration Then and Now: Reflections on the Ben Franklin Tercentenary.
2:45 Break
3:00 Small Group Discussions
3:45 Report Out from Small Groups and General Discussion
Derick Dreher, Director, Rosenbach Museum & Library, Discussion Moderator
4:30 Summary and Next Steps
Susan Glassman, Wagner Free Institute of Science
5:00 Reception (cash bar)

There is no charge for this event, but reservations are necessary. Reservation deadline: July 13, 2006.

Online Registration | Downloadable Flyer

The Union League has relaxed its dress code to business casual for the summer. (For men, slacks and a shirt with a collar; for women, slacks and jackets or tops that might otherwise be worn with a skirt; no jeans or sneakers). Many members and guests prefer to continue to wear business attire at the League House throughout the summer. Parking is available in the garage in the 1500 block of Sansom Street.

Program Committee: Lorena Boylan, Academy of Natural Sciences; Joan T. Decker, Department of Public Records, City of Philadelphia; Derick Dreher, Rosenbach Museum & Library; Scott deHaven, CIGNA / Delaware Valley Archivists Group; Kristen Froehlich, Pearl Buck Museum / Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley; Susan Glassman, Wagner Free Institute of Science; Jeff Goff, Wyck; David Moltke-Hansen, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania; James Mundy, The Union League of Philadelphia; Eric Pumroy, Bryn Mawr College, Chair; George Wohlreich, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin’s famous “Join or Die” image by courtesy of The Library Company of Philadelphia



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