Global

International Collaborative Planning

The Quilt Index leaders, MSU Museum, MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, and the Alliance for American Quilts in partnership with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum are developing plans to internationalize the Quilt Index. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded a collaborative planning process which will result in the following outcomes and activities:

Overarching goal: Plan Quilt Index internationalization and reflect on the process and challenges of international collaboration process for the benefit of the broader museum and library communities.

Outputs:

  1. Online list of Quilt Collections internationally – http://www.quiltindex.org/~quilti/wiki/index.php/QI_International
  2. Application and planning process for non-U.S. contributors –
  3. Five-year overall plan and several detailed plans with specific institutions (leading to grant proposal submissions)
  4. Report and lessons learned

Project Activities:

  • Convened collaborating partners in virtual meetings monthly in year 1, virtual strategic planning “retreat” meetings and country- and topic-specific meetings during extension of activities into year 2.
  • Implemented a variety of synchronous and a-synchronous meeting and communication methods for communicating within collaborative group and with key external advisors and experts. (Google+ hangouts, Free Conference Call, ReadyTalk, google docs and spreadsheets, pinterest boards, YouTube channel public and private)
  • Creating international advisory board for planning – country-specific advisory groups
  • Conducting global survey of textile holding institutions – 1 dedicated survey, 1 set of international questions embedded in user survey.
  • Conducting a literature review of issues for international collaborations – see http://www.quiltindex.org/news/resources/ and for Canadian publications and collections:¬†http://goo.gl/WGdPE
  • Data testing and inclusion of international quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum – 2 subsets comprising quilts from the United Kingdom and quilts from southeast Asia.
  • Convened hybrid in-person and virtual workshop at Textile Museum in Toronto, to introduce Quilt Index and explore issues for collaboration.
  • YouTube channel with videos and introductory information about the Quilt Index
  • Proposals – submitted 1 IMLS proposal, identified numerous country-specific opportunities and are working with stakeholders to follow up on plans.
  • Analyzing survey data and workshop results
  • Writing report and lessons learned, disseminating draft and results
  • Disseminating results