ESA's SysEB Section and the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) are pleased to announce details on the 4th offering of the Entomological Collections Management Workshop. This “hybrid” model will be held both in-person at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona and virtually from June 20-24, 2022. The workshop will be led by co-instructors Dr. David G. Furth (Furth Museum Consulting) and Dr. Floyd W. Shockley (Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History), with guest lectures from local hosts Nico Franz and Andrew Johnston, and from numerous remote collaborators. Selected registrants will receive additional details separately regarding hotel, itinerary, etc.

We are pleased to once again be able to offer up to twenty (20) $1,000 travel scholarships to participants without institutional support to attend. If interested in applying for a travel scholarship, please indicate this during the registration process.

Registration for this event is now closed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by late April.



Registration opens: March 1
Registration deadline: March 31, 2022
Registration fee: $125 in-person/$75 virtual

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Questions and comments about the workshop can be directed to the workshop team at

Workshop Sponsors: Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section (SysEB) of the Entomological Society of America (ESA).

General Topics Covered: Collection digitization techniques, management and workflows Collections management policies, procedures, plans, mission statements Collection Profiling/Assessment Kinds of collections (para-collections, teaching/exhibits, etc.) Collection profiling (assessment) Specimen packing & shipping Specimen preparation & labeling Storage: compactors, cabinets, drawers, trays (pinned, ethanol, slides) Collection curation: arrangement, standardization, loans Collection conservation (e.g., environmental monitoring, T & RH, materials interactions, etc.) IPM (fumigants, freezing, etc.) Permitting (endangered/threatened species, IUCN, etc. lists) Moving collections Orphaned collection & deactivation Collections management literature Useful websites & vendors Archives & libraries Value of collections Deeds of gift Outreach (tours, public education, etc.) Personnel: volunteers, work study, interns, research associates/collaborators, contractors, supervision, etc. Security issues (access, theft) Building issues & planning (physical plant, architects, floor loading, etc.)

Additional Attendee Information: Individuals who complete the training program will receive a Certificate of Completion acknowledging their expertise in Entomological Collections Management and Best Practices, an electronic copy of all lectures, and PDF’s of relevant literature.  ECN will also be creating and maintaining a registry of individuals who have completed the course as a permanent form of documentation.

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