Free Workshop: Housing Collections with Andrew Werner

Jun 03 2023
Starts: 10:00 AM
Ends: 3:00 PM

Event Details

The specifics of when, where, and how collections of all kinds are brought together and stored can make a huge difference in how they’re accessed and used…as well as in how long they last. In this workshop, we’ll use case studies and examples to explore how archives house their collections safely and effectively. Starting with basic questions like “How do you know how much shelving you need?” and “What storage conditions are best for my collection?” we will advance to more complex undertakings, like moving from one space to another; designing new buildings, storage spaces, and access areas; and meeting the unique needs of digital collections. Participants working with archives at any stage of maturity will come away from this session motivated to achieve progress–not perfection!–in housing their collections. This workshop is open to all those interested in collection administration, preservation, and archives management at any level (including students and volunteers). The tools, resources, and examples shared will be especially useful to anyone currently working with collections that are at risk of physical damage or deterioration in their current storage setting.

Andrew Werner is a highly experienced professional in the field of arts and educational non-profit consulting. He has planned and supported library and collection moves for Getty Research Institute, USC Libraries, and Southwest Museum. Recently, he served as the Vice President of Building Operations, overseeing the construction and successful opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Currently, a partner at Thought Projects LLC, Andrew brings his expertise to a diverse range of projects in museums, libraries, and schools. Thought Projects is a creative studio for exhibitions, interpretation, community engagement, and museum services.

His previous work includes the development of innovative exhibition spaces for the USC Libraries, the remodeling of public areas at the Hammer Museum, and the addition of state-of-the-art maker labs and studios at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Andrew's expertise lies in creating highly functional, efficient, accessible, and welcoming spaces that enhance the overall experience for visitors.

As a native Angeleno, Andrew Werner has a deep appreciation of the local arts and education landscape. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Art History/Criticism from UCSD.

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