I N T E R N AT I O N A L A S S O C I AT I O N O F M U S E U M FA C I L I T Y A D M I N I S T R AT O R SVOLUME 4NUMBER 1 PAPYRUS WINTER 2003San Francisco Calling — The 13th Annual IAMFAConferenceIAMFA 2003 welcomes you to the City by the Bay! The Tuesday’s theme is “Museums in the Park”, hosted at the13th Annual IAMFA conference will be held this year in California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park and theSan Francisco, from September 21 to 24, 2003. September Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park. On Tuesdayis a great time of year to visit. Although San Francisco enjoys evening, we’ll gather to enjoy a true California barbecue.a mild Mediterranean climate year-round, our best months Wednesday’s Theme is “Museums on the Water”, featuringare September and October, when the weather is warm and the locations at the Presidio (guardian of the Golden Gate,clear, and relatively fog-free! where the Pacific Ocean meets San Francisco Bay), the We are excited to be hosting this year’s IAMFA conference, San Francisco Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, andand we look forward to welcoming all of you and your guests Alcatraz Island on the Bay. Wednesday evening culminatesto our museum-rich environment. The host institutions will in the traditional conference closing festivities and banquet.be the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California The main subject areas for this year’s conference will be:Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums • Seismic Issues — the building, retrofitting and operationand the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. of Museums in Earthquake Country Each day has a specific theme to keep things livelyand interesting. Monday’s theme is “Museums in the City”, • The Role of Museums in Redevelopment andhosted at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Community Building — museums as agents of changeYerba Buena Center for the Arts. Following a tour of the new • Museum Security issues — what has changed in thehome for the Asian Art Museum on Monday afternoon, you’ll past two years and what practices, procedures andenjoy a cocktail reception and a free evening. equipment support those changes? continued on page 2 INSIDE Letter from the President . . 4 Regional Chapters . . . . . . 5 Lighting: Control and Innovation . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Benchmarking Review . . 13 Heritage Loss Post 9/11 . . . 18 Crystal Design for ROM Renaissance . . . . . . . . . . 20 From the Editor’s Desk . . . 24The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
San Francisco Calling — continued frompage 1• The Museum as Sanctuary: Facilities Revenue, Golden Goose or Deal with the Devil?• The Storage and Archiving of Electronic Media — the entry of digital art into art conservation, storage and retrieval The California Academy of Sciences. One of San Francisco’s famed cable cars — the only mobile National Monuments in the world. Sponsors will be exhibiting theirproducts and services in concert with for lunch. On Tuesday afternoon, guests each additional person. Conference par-our sessions on Monday and Tuesday. travel down the Peninsula to the huge ticipants should reserve their accommo-In addition, we will be offering highlight tudor Filoli Mansion and Gardens, set dation directly with the Hotel Milanopresentations on the facilities stories amidst the huge Crystal Springs Preserve. at 1-800-398-7555. We are holding abehind three of our main historic land- The Preserve contains two large lakes block of rooms at this price in thismarks. The intricacies of maintaining atop the San Andreas Fault, which are convenient location, so please bookthe Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco’s part of San Francisco’s water supply early. The group room rate will applycable cars and the former federal system. The guest program will then to rooms booked from September 19prison on Alcatraz Island will be rejoin conference delegates for the Tues- through September 28 for those arrivingcovered, showcasing the stories day evening barbecue. Wednesday will early, staying later or both!behind the faces we all know. be unscheduled for guests, with the rec- For airline bookings and additional This year’s guest program will include ommendation that they join the delegate travel assistance I recommend Jane Scotta fabulous trip to Wine Country on group for our tour of Alcatraz Island. at Art of Travel, 1-800-948-6673. Be sureMonday, highlighted by a visit to Copia The conference hotel will be the to mention “IAMFA” when you call the(the American Center for Wine, Food Hotel Milano, located at 55 Fifth Street Hotel Milano or Jane Scott.and The Arts), and a winery (or few). between Mission and Market Streets, We look forward to hosting youTuesday features a narrated walking conveniently near the San Francisco all at this year’s Annual IAMFAtour of the downtown area, beginning Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Conference!across the street from Hotel Milano at Yerba Buena Gardens, and just around Joe Brennanthe old U.S. Mint, and ending at the the corner from the San Francisco Centre Chairman — Conference 2003classic Garden Court in the Palace Hotel and Nordstrom. The Milano is SFMOMA’s choice for visiting artists and curators, For more information on this year’s and the room rate during the conference conference, please contact us at will be $109 for a single, $20 more for IAMFA2003@netscape.netThe Golden Gate Bridge Alcatraz Island.2