ECPN Fall Webinar Announcement: Project Management: A Crucial 'Soft Skill' for the 21st-Century Emerging Conservation Professional

By Jen Munch posted 12 days ago


The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, “Project Management: A Crucial 'Soft Skill' for the 21st-Century Emerging Conservation Professional,” taking place on Tuesday, November 27th from 12:00-1:00 pm EST.

Project Management is a desirable and necessary skill for a conservator in the twenty-first century. Managing and collaborating with others on complex projects is important to conservation professionals at all career stages, and it is never too early to start cultivating this lifelong skill. Project management can be implemented in multiple contexts, including small and large treatments and assessments, during exhibit preparations, as a part of disaster response, and more. Related skills that this webinar will touch on include teamwork, diplomacy, communication and managing competing priorities.

ECPN has invited two speakers to provide different perspectives on this topic. Quinn Ferris will provide an overview of project management and its application in conservation, and she will discuss her approach to project management within a university library setting. Nicolette Meister will present her own experiences with project management within a university museum, with a particular focus on grant-funded project management.

ECPN is seeking questions for the Q&A session following the speakers’ presentations. To submit your questions in advance, please post in the comments section below or send them via email to Questions will be accepted until the morning of the webinar or can be submitted during the presentations via the GoToWebinar platform.

Attendance is free and open to all AIC members. Please register here to watch the webinar. If you are unable to view the program on November 27th, or are not a member of AIC, the full video will be recorded and uploaded onto the AIC YouTube Channel following the broadcast.

Please see below to learn more about our speakers:

QUINN FERRIS is the Senior Conservator for Special Collections at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to the treatment of rare books, Quinn is responsible for supervision and leadership, academic research, grant writing, and curriculum development. Quinn is an adjunct professor at the U of I’s School of Information Science where she guest lectures in addition to semester-long course offerings. Quinn is a graduate of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center. Previous work experiences include the Matisse Foundation, The National Park Service, and the University of Virginia Library on various conservation projects.

NICOLETTE B. MEISTER is the Curator of Collections of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College where she has implemented multiple grants from NEH and IMLS. She is also an Instructor in Beloit College’s Museum Studies Program and serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Collections Care. Previous museum experience includes the Milwaukee Public Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University, Denver Art Museum, and University of Colorado Boulder Museum of Natural History. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a M.S. in Museum and Field Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder.