Dates: June 10 & 11

Length: two full-days


Back once again, the third annual SPNHC Georeferencing Workshop will cover tools and techniques to correctly interpret textual location data into spatial descriptions that can be used in mapping and analyses. Participants will learn the fundamentals of georeferencing best practices with a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, including paper maps, the MaNIS Georeferencing Calculator, GEOLocate, BioGeomancer and online exercises.


The leaders have extensive experience in international workshops on this subject and have trained professionals around the world. Participants are expected to arrive having already reviewed prerequisite readings (TBA) and have a firm idea of how they intend to apply the skills gained. Computing facilities are available, though participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.


The number of participants is limited to 30 for this two-day workshop and attendees must commit to attending both days. Cost: $75. Lunch will be provided. This is a pre-conference workshop



David Bloom - VertNet Coordinator, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Desmet - Biodiversity Informatics Manager at Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre, Université de Montréal.

Nelson Rios - Manager of Collections and Bioinformatics, Tulane University Museum of Natural History.

Carol Spencer - Staff Curator of Herpetology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.


Forecasting the Future of Natural History Museums & Collections

Date: June 16

Length: one full-day


Museums’ traditional methods of planning are not suited to the rapid pace of change in the 21st century. In order to respond effectively to trends in the political, cultural, technological, environmental and economic landscape, museums must adopt new methods of preparing for the future. This one-day workshop will provide museum practitioners with a basic introduction to futures studies and the techniques of forecasting, as applied to the challenges facing natural history museums and collections.


The number of participants is limited to 50 for this full-day workshop. Cost: $75. Lunch will be provided.


The workshop presenter is Elizabeth Merritt, the Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums. Elizabeth has 15 years experience in museums, including administration, curation and collections management. Her areas of expertise include museum standards and best practices, ethics, collections management and planning, and assessment of nonprofit performance.


Stabilize This!

Date: June 16

Length: one full-day


Museum professionals may have to wear many hats and one important aspect of the job is ensuring that collections are available for use, whether that be exhibit or research, now as well as far into the future. Knowing when preventive care methods may be enough and when interventive treatment is necessary is an essential skill. What must individuals involved in the management and care of natural history collections know in order to choose materials that are safe and stable? This workshop will discuss approaches to stabilization challenges for several collection types, giving tips to deal with some of the issues frequently found in preserving archive, herbaria, paleontology, entomology and archaeology/ethnology collections. Participants will have opportunity to practice with preservation materials appropriate for triage and their long-term implications will be discussed. By the end of the workshop participants will be familiar with using appropriate adhesives, know when creating a rehousing solutions might suffice, and when to simply leave well enough alone.


More details about this workshop are provided here.


The number of participants is limited to 40 for this one-day workshop. Cost: $75. Lunch will be provided.



Theresa Fairbanks Harris – Chief Conservator, Yale Center for British Art
Catherine Sease – Chief Conservator, Yale Peabody Museum
Marilyn Fox – Preparator, Yale Peabody Museum
Rachael Perkins Arenstein – Conservator, A.M. Art Conservation, LLC

Christine McCarthy – Chief Conservator, Preservation,Yale University Libraries

Meaghan Monaghan – Conservation Fellow, Yale University Art Gallery