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1 The “ins and outs” of Specimen Loans: Are current loan policies adequately serving the Systematic Community? Victoria Bayless and Mike Ferro Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

2 Really Ancient History --- the 1960 ’s LSU Insect Collection

3 Ancient History --- the 1990 ’s

4 No, Not really, Maybe Loans at LSAM Overdue Loans at LSAM

5 Google and 6 Already returned (paperwork issues) 7 Extended 4 s bounced 2 Loans misplaced by borrower (but borrowers trustworthy) 12 Loans being returned 10 No replies (more than one are infamous hoarders) 1 Situation hopeless (material safe) 1 Lost material following death of borrower 1 Transfer to other researcher following death of borrower 1 Lost in post (but this person is a hoarder and therefore answer is suspect) Data on 47 loans requested this year (2011) for return issued prior to 2000 The Current Situation

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8 Loan Forms and Loan Policies One page or Twenty pages: Does anyone really read them? One page or Twenty pages: Does anyone really read them? One page or Twenty pages: Does anyone really read them?

9 One year? Researcher on Amphetamines Two years? Master’s Student Three years? Ph.D. Student Reality Check: Large Scale Revisions Five years? Ten years? More???? One year? Researcher on Amphetamines Two years? Master’s Student Three years? Ph.D. Student Reality Check: Large Scale Revisions Five years? Ten years? More????

10 IN OUT

11 Classification of Borrowers The HoarderThe Arrogant Intellectual

12 The Master of Excuses The Procrastinator Classification of Borrowers

13 The Absent Minded ProfessorThe Optimist

14 Classification of Borrowers The Lazy Bones The Organizational Disaster

15 Classification of Borrowers The Saint Here are the specimens I borrowed from the LSAM and I brought you some flowers too!

16 Who wants What ? Curator/Collection Manager Borrower/Researcher Retentions Duration Specimens

17 What we really want To house specimens in such a way as to make them available for use, both as loans and as an on-line searchable database with images. Can we loan specimens in a manner that would assist in research AND still be able to maintain and improve our collection? The Big Question

18 YES The Insect Loans Wiki Page

19 Basic Wiki Architecture HOME Borrower Museum Taxa

20 Basic Wiki Architecture HOME Borrower Museum Taxa Borrower’s Info History Maintained by Borrower Lender’s Info Loans Maintained by Lender Loans ordered by taxa Maintained by ?

21 acknowledgements


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