The Panama Canal Museum and UF Collaboration Poster for the Florida Library Association Conference


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The Panama Canal Museum and UF Collaboration Poster for the Florida Library Association Conference
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Dinsmore, Chelsea
Schipper, Rachel A.
Hood, Barbara
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Florida Library Association ( FLA ) 2012 Conference
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Gainesville, FL
Orlando, FL
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Poster for the 2012 Florida Library Association Conference which explains the innovative partnership of the Panama Canal Museum and the George A. Smathers Libraries. The Panama Canal Museum is closing their doors and transferring their collections to the George A. Smathers Libraries. The collections will undergo conservation, select digitization, and will have the opportunity for national / international exhibit collaborators. Other libraries have loaned and exchanged museum materials, but this is the first known example of a museum closing and transferring their entire collection to a university, in an effort to preserve their collections and to make those collections more accessible. Collaborations between libraries and museums work well, in part, because they serve some ofthe same audiences and often have similar educational missions.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Making the Connection Sustaining the Connection Planning for the Future Library/ Museum partnerships can allow for truly innovative programs which are affordable, collaborative and have global impacts. A formal agreement between the Panama Canal Museum and the University of Florida Libraries was signed in 2010 with the goal of sustaining artifacts and research materials. Efforts to engage the community include creating volunteer opportunities for participation. In creating and hosting a digital collection, subject experts within the museum constituency are utilized. The Latin American Collection Librarian serves as a conduit for research efforts. The Libraries capitalize on these collaborative relationships in order to explore joint ventures. Through joint fundraising, sponsored events and cross membership on Boards, UF will engage the current museum constituency who support, inform, and provide vital enhancement for collection. In 2010 The Panama Canal Museum met with UF seeking a permanent home for their extensive and unique collection. The mission/scope of the UF Libraries includes Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America One of 3 of the most respected LA collections in the U.S. dLOC ) has over 7.6M pages of information online The UF Libraries are the ASERL Center of Excellence for Panama Canal Commission Documents UF supported a petition to include West Indian workforce documents in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register Initiated partnerships include the National Bagger Museum (Netherlands), Museo del Canal Interocenico de Panam, and the Museo Afro Antillano de Panam IMLS Collaborative Leadership grant proposed Symphony of the Americas will perform at the Phillips Center in Gainesville Molas: the Art of the Kuna Indian will be exhibited at the Harn Museum of Art with author Edith Crouch The Florida Museum of Natural History will feature items from their NSF funded Panama Canal Project The UF School of Business will host World Trade in the Canal The Health Science Center Library will host Health in Panama Smathers Libraries will host exhibits on The Diversity of Life and Work in the Panama Canal Marston Science Library will host Construction and Expansion of the Canal Seminars, conferences, and presentations devoted to the Panama Canal The 2014 2015 Panama Canal centennial celebration includes: