The Collections TrustThe Professional Body for Collections Management
Facts & figures• 23,000 users of our Collections Management standards in 13 countries• 7,100 registered users of our online services• Fortnightly email bulletin to 3,500 registered users• Managing EUR15m of EU-funded digital/creative media programmes• 2.3m digital cultural objects opened up for creative re-use• 93% cited SPECTRUM as 1st priority when selecting new systems• 95% cited CT services as ‘useful’ or ‘very useful’• 87% rated Collections Link as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’
Our fit with ACE priorities You say… ...we deliver Goal 1: Excellence is thriving and celebrated in We define excellence in Collections museums and libraries Management & provide expertise and resources to help people achieve it Goal 2: More people experience and are Our public programmes open up collections for inspired by museums and libraries enjoyment & creative re-use by mainstream audiences Goal 3: Museums and libraries are sustainable, Our standards & best practices help resilient and innovative professionals & institutions achieve excellence, accountability & sustainability Goal 4: The leadership and workforce in Collections Management provides non- museums and libraries are diverse and highly academic routes to entry, helping to open up skilled. the profession Goal 5: Every child and young person has the Programmes such as ‘Hidden Treasures’ with opportunity to experience the richness of the Independent encourage young people to museums and libraries. experience collections
Mission from 2013During 2012-13, the Collections Trust will become a professionalbody for the Collections Management community, under a revisedMission:“Working with and on behalf of our members, we promote excellenceand innovation in Collections Management and positively championphysical and digital collections and their public value within themuseum, arts & related heritage sectors.”
Strategic Objectives from 2013The Collections Trust will work towards 4 strategic objectives:• Providing leadership and advocacy• Celebrating excellence and innovation• Building skills and capacity• Delivering excellent member services
Skills & capacity-buildingOur objective is to develop a workforce capable of deliveringexcellence in Collections and Information Management.We are in the process of defining a skills/competency frameworkcombining 4 elements:• Core values• Practice-based knowledge• Subject-specific knowledge• Professional management skills
Subject specialism & curatorshipOur objective is to re-assert subject-specific knowledge of thecollection (and collection-specific policies) as the basis of excellencein Collections Management.We will work with Tim Ewin and the Subject Specialist Networks todevelop a line of strategic advocacy, specific programmes andsupporting infrastructure (networks, online resources, face-to-face).We will promote subject specialist knowledge and re-emphasise therole of the curator and curatorship as the foundation of an excellentservice.
Nick PooleCEO, Collections TrustWC209, Natural History MuseumCromwell RoadLondonSW7 5BDwww.collectionslink.org.uk