Ask The Expert Q&A 6 January 2017: Spectrum – with Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust, will be answering your questions on all things SPECTRUM on Friday 6 January 2017, between 2-3pm GMT.
Sarah Brown is the Outreach Officer for Collections Trust. Sarah has worked in a variety of collections management and care roles across the UK. In her role as Outreach Officer, Sarah delivers training and support across the English regions, working closely with the museum development network.
Throughout 2016 Collections Trust have been working on a revised edition of the SPECTRUM standard, following extensive consultation with the museum sector.
Whether you have a general question about the SPECTRUM standard or want to give feedback on the draft material for SPECTRUM 5, you’re welcome to join in.
Draft material will be posted in advance of the blog, for participants to review.
What is SPECTRUM?
SPECTRUM is the UK Museum Collections Management Standard. It is a publication that takes you through the activities involved in managing a collection and its associated information, through 21 procedures – taking you from object entry to deaccessioning. This includes 8 primary procedures that are linked to UK Accreditation.
For this live blog, we have shared a draft of the Object Entry procedure, to give you an idea of the direction of Spectrum 5. A full Spectrum 5 draft will be available on our website, for a period of consultation, from mid-January. Spectrum 5 will be launched in May 2017, following re-drafting and design. Here is a summary of some key changes:
- We have tried to make the language clearer, more concise and accessible.
- Definition has become Definition and scope, giving more contextual information about when and why a procedure might be carried out.
- We want to make it clearer that the minimum requirements are mitigating against a number of risks, both to collections and organisations. We have introduced a column explaining why each minimum requirement is important. We hope this will be useful for Spectrum users in their own work, and also as an advocacy tool.
- We want to make it easier for people to find the information they need, where previously it might have been held in several different places and difficult to find – for example in the Spectrum standard, factsheets on our website, other resources etc. We will do this by pulling information together and providing it in different levels:
- Core information, including what should be achieved e.g. the standard – Definition and Scope, and The Spectrum Standard
- Step by step simple guidance for those carrying out procedures – Suggested Procedure and Suggested Procedure Workflow
- Information and guidance about policy requirements, legal considerations, decision making and adapting procedures for your own organisation – Detailed Guidance
- We know that a lot of people find the flowcharts in Spectrum 4 very useful, whilst others find them a little confusing. Spectrum 5 will include a step by step Suggested Procedure in text form, as well as simpler versions of the flowcharts.
- Pre-entry has been incorporated into Object Entry, rather than as a separate procedure.
- Risk Management will be re-titled Disaster Management to better reflect the content of the procedure.
- We will be introducing a new procedure, for Collections Review.
Sarah Brown, will be answering your questions on Spectrum on Friday 6 January 2017 between 2-3pm GMT.
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