The CollectionsWeb Steering Committee has announced that they are accepting applications for “Workshop I: Opportunities and Challenges of Small Collections.” The workshop will be held in East Lansing, MI on 19-20 April 2008 and will address issues relating to small collections. More information about the workshop can be found at The NSF-funded Research Coordination Network will cover most costs for attendees.

This workshop will address issues related to small natural history collections (including paleontology) located at universities, free-standing museums, field stations, or any other kind of institution. The meeting activities and recommendations will be reported on CollectionsWeb (, so that all collections personnel may benefit from the discussions.

To frame and address these issues, the workshop organizers are seeking participants who have had positive experiences or successes in teaching, research, and/or outreach in a “small collections” environment. In this case, “small collections” are defined as institutions where there is only one full-time professional associated with the collection. Obviously this is an imprecise definition and applicants from along the continuum (undeniably small to not-so-small) will be represented at the workshop.

To apply, send a recent CV and a short cover letter explaining your experiences and successes in teaching, research, and/or outreach in such a “small collections” environment by email to Alan Prather ( Selection will be made by the Steering Committee (

Applications are open immediately and close on 15 February 2008, with final selection anticipated by 29 February 2008. Please address questions to Alan Prather ( or anyone on the CollectionsWeb Steering Committee (


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