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Thursday, May 31 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
(Collection Care) Making the Most of What You Have: Digital Documentation Solutions Utilizing Existing Software

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Documentation is an important aspect of a conservator’s work and is essential for communication between conservators in the present and the future. While vital, documentation using traditional methods can also be very time consuming, when time is an ever more limited commodity. In an effort to streamline the documentation process, conservators at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) have implemented a process for digital condition reporting using Microsoft OneNote and tablet computers. While a number of options for digital condition reporting have presented themselves in recent years, these tend to rely on specialized software or apps and are often restricted to a single type of operating system. By using Microsoft OneNote, already a part of the museum’s IT infrastructure, and tablet PCs the conservation department has been able to improve the efficiency of documentation processes without purchasing additional software or placing undue burden on SLAM’s IT department. This paper will focus on the genesis and implementation of digital condition reporting at SLAM using Microsoft OneNote, including an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the process. The potential for further applications of Microsoft OneNote for collections documentation will also be discussed.

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Raina Chao-[PA]

Associate Objects Conservator, Saint Louis Art Museum
Raina Chao received a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and her M.A. in Art History and Advanced Certificate in Art Conservation from the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2011. She... Read More →
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L. H.(Hugh) Shockey-[PA]

Head of Conservation | Objects Conservator, Saint Louis Art Museum
L. H. (Hugh) Shockey Jr. MS, AIC-PA is Head of Conservation and Object Conservator at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Previously he was the objects conservator at the Lunder Conservation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum where he performed treatment on electronic media and... Read More →

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Mike Peters

System Administrator, Saint Louis Art Museum
Mike Peters is a past System Administrator in the IT department at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Thursday May 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm MDT
Meyerland Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston