Working Groups are at the heart of UMAC since its creation in 2001. They reflect the contemporary needs and challenges of university museums and collections worldwide and they are approved by the UMAC General Assembly.
UMAC Working Groups offer university museums and collections curators, conservators, educators, scholars, and other professionals the opportunity to collaborate, study and advance knowledge and innovation about our field. They meet at least once a year during the Annual Conference.
Everyone is welcome to the UMAC Working Groups. You do not have to be a UMAC member to join. If you feel you have a significant contribution to make in one of the Working Groups below, please ask the Chair to be involved.
See also the Board Committees.
BEST PRACTICES Working Group
- Develop a continuing series of informative topic-oriented bulletins. See outcomes 2017-19 here.
- Compile and categorize available reference documents under the headings: Mission and Strategic Planning; Governance, Organizational Structure and Leadership; Guidelines for Collecting; Ethics and Research; other categories. See outcomes 2017-19 here (PDF).
- Produce documents on standards and best practices where they do not exist.
Creation date: September 2017
Chair: Barbara Rothermel, Lynchburg College, USA
Akiko Fukuno (Japan), Andrew Simpson (Australia), Anja Chávez (USA), Cynthia Bettison (USA), Dominick Verschelde (Belgium), Elena Corradini (Italy), Federica Maria Chiara Santagati (Italy), James Hopkins (UK), Jill Hartz (USA), Karl van Dyke (Australia), Luisa Mansard (Mexico), Silvia Rinne (Finland), Steph Scholten (UK), Sébastien Soubiran (France).
TEACHING TOOLS Working Group
- Collecting available information on teaching tools used by University Museums and Collections all over the world – namely models, educational wall charts, actual objects, instruments and equipment, and manuals of workshops, among others – to have a better overview about their existence, location and present conservation state.
- Compiling past and present uses, as well as reflecting upon their future use for teaching, research and the general public.
- Sharing this information and experiences among UMAC members, the museum sector, and the academic community to support them in their teaching tools programs and research.
Creation date: September 2017
Chair: Dominick Verschelde, Gent University, Belgium
Andrew Simpson (Australia), Barbara Rothermel (USA), Dominick Verschelde (Belgium), Dorina Xheraj-Subashi (Albania), Indrani Bhattacharya (India), Lucy Ying Hu (China), Nathalie Séjalon-Delmas (France), Shikoh Shiraiwa (USA).
Would you like to propose a UMAC Working Group? Is there a particular topic or issue of interest to the global community of university museums, galleries, collections and heritage that you would like to explore?
Fill in this WG Proposal Form and send it to UMAC Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
See former UMAC Working Groups.