Collections Management: Wildlife and Technology

Category
2021, Science Timmins
Tags
cameras, collections, Collections Management, science, Science Timmins, taxidermy, technology, wildlife
About This Project

Date: N/A
Partner: Science Timmins
Location: Timmins, Ontario; https://www.sciencetimmins.com/
Project Members: Emily Finbow and Christian Vettoretto
 
Science Timmins has been a leader in Northern Ontario’s science education for over fifty years. Science Timmins strives to inspire curiosity in the community by offering exciting programs and educational opportunities. In order to support Science Timmins’ continued growth and success, we have implemented a new internal collections management system.
 
The primary goal of the system is to improve:
 
1. Organization – through the implementation of unique object-identifying numbers, detailed object descriptions, and inclusion of high-quality photographs.
 
2. Consistency – by defining formatting standards and collection practices.
 
3. Usability – by housing collection records on an intuitive and easy-to-access online database (Past Perfect).
 
4. Longevity – of collections via condition reporting and collection maintenance
 
Ultimately, the collections management system makes collection access convenient and increases the educational potential of the collections. In order to ensure the system is as effective as possible, Science Timmins will be provided with an in-depth tutorial created by the project team.
 
As part of the project, two of Science Timmins’ teaching collections have been uploaded to the database – the photography collection and the wildlife collection. The photography collection contains a series of cameras, film, and projectors from the mid-1900s to the last few decades. All objects were double-checked for proper maker and model names, and official promotional imagery was included where applicable. The wildlife collection contains a variety of taxidermy specimens, including Ontario birds, mammals, and reptiles. All species identifications were double-checked to ensure accuracy.
 
We would like to thank Antoine Garwah and Lorraine Cantin from Science Timmins for their support and mentorship this year. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such kind and dedicated hosts. We give our thanks to Camille-Mary Sharp and Haley Bryant for their advice and support. Thank you to our MMSt peers for their motivation and inspiration this year. Finally, thank you to Dr. Agnieszka Chalas for her guidance and encouragement throughout this process.