Collections care, which is sometimes called preventive conservation, involves any actions taken to prevent or delay the deterioration of cultural heritage. The primary goal is to identify and reduce potential hazards to heritage with thoughtful control of their surroundings. The professions most influenced by collections care include conservator-restorers, curators, collection managers, and registrars.
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The management of a cultural heritage object serves to identify the staff members responsible for care and maintenance of the collection, and establish proper management technique guidelines. Records management should take place when an object enters a collection, when it is moved or shipped, during regular collection inventories, and throughout any conservation treatment as per established collection management policy standards. Records management of a cultural heritage object often takes place in the form of photographic documentation combined with written reports designed to provide a visual reference for future professionals, revealing the original condition and any successive states of the condition. These records are sometimes digitized and stored in computer databases using collection cataloging software. One aspect of records management designed specifically for sustaining these digitized records and documenting digital collection materials is known as digital preservation. This technique is used to reformat or duplicate an original object so as to preserve a piece of digital material for as long as possible. Combining strategic planning with conservation actions, digital preservation aims to maintain continued access to digital objects that would otherwise become obsolete.
Through proper records management, the success or failure of object treatments and housing can be determined and valuable lessons can be applied to future decisions. Most importantly, if anything should happen to the object, whether through disaster or natural decay, a record of its presence and purpose will still remain.