NSCA would like to thank all those who took the time to fill out the collections and economy survey.  The survey is now closed.  A report outlining survey results is forthcoming and will be posted to the NSCA website.
NSC Alliance Members,

As we are all aware, our national and international financial markets are in turmoil.  These conditions, among others, are impacting our federal, state and local budgets, as well as our donor base.  The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) is working to identify and begin to quantify how these economic conditions will impact natural science collections.  Thus, a short, online survey has been developed to gather data that will help the NSC Alliance craft appropriate public policy recommendations and resources or guidance for natural science collections.

The survey is only 10 questions long and should not require more than 10 minutes to complete.  Answering the questions is not likely to require extensive research or digging through files and stacks of documents.  All answers will remain confidential and no individual institutional data will be released.

We ask that each institution complete a survey.  We recommend that the institutional representative to the NSC Alliance complete the survey or direct it to the attention of the appropriate staff person.

If you know of colleagues at natural science collections that are not members of the NSC Alliance, please share this request with them and encourage them to complete the survey.

It is our plan to repeat the survey in 2009 so that we may begin to gather information about budget trends at our nation’s natural science collections.

If you have any questions or would like to provide us with supplemental narratives describing how the current budget environment is impacting your institution (and how you are working to respond to these conditions), please contact NSC Alliance director of public policy, Dr. Robert Gropp, at rgropp@aibs.org or 202-628-1500 x 250.

Thank you for your assistance with this important effort.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Mares, Ph.D
President, NSC Alliance