Cultural Property Protection Structure and Fundamentals
11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.| Wednesday, September 27
The fundamentals of security and safety for cultural institutions, regardless of the size of the museum or organization, is the same but the approach and foundation may differ based on resources, funding, and/or leadership’s philosophic approach. In an effort to share the various approaches to building the framework of security and safety for cultural property protection, various types of museums and cultural institutions from different regions are invited to present and share the structure and foundation for providing a culture of security, service, threat mitigation, and incident response.
The American Alliance of Museums’ Center for The Future of Museums researched the COVID-19 impact on United States museums. The snapshot showed 37% of museums responding to the survey tell us that since the beginning of the pandemic, they have decreased the size of their staff by an average of 28 percent. On the other hand, nearly half (47%) of respondents have plans to rehire or increase staff size in the coming year.
With over 30 years of managing people, conducting thousands of interviews, and living the frustrations of retention in an industry that is typically known as the “stepping-stone” to other opportunities, I understand the challenges of staffing shortages and security officer burnout.
By the end of the presentation, you will hear:
- how the Princeton University Department of Public Safety is structured,
- the retention issue, and how we approached it.
- how to add value to your team and
- how to develop a more robust, unified Cultural Property Security Division.