Online Course: Collections Management (Mar 21 May 6)

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Online Course: Collections Management (Mar 21 May 6)
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Online Course: Collections Management (Mar 21 May 6) says
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.

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By the end of the course, participants will:

-Develop a detailed draft of a Collections Policy
-Develop of identify a collection of objects
-Develop a standardized set of registration records and forms including inventory, catalog, accession, and loans
-Learn about various registration numbering systems and how to mark objects appropriately
-Discuss issues related to collections strategies, mission, purpose, and scope of collections
-Develop a broader understanding of legal and ethical concerns of managing collections

Who should attend:

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with collections management.

Required text:
Daniel B. Reibel. Registration Methods for the Small Museum, Fourth Edition, Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2008 (Paperback ISBN 978-0-7591-1131-8) (About $32.00).

Optional Resource:
John E. Simmons, Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies, Washington, DC: American Alliance of Museums, 2006 (ISBN 10:1-933253-03-07)

Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs assessments and risk assessments, assists in emergency preparedness, and helps develop policy and planning documents and long-term preservation plans. She also helps develop and present preservation-related educational programs, and has taught programs on archival management, policy development, and emergency preparedness. Before joining CCAHA, Feige worked for the Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives, the New York Public Library’s Preservation Division, the Conference Board, New York University’s Bobst Library, and Kent State University’s Special Collections & Archives. She received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science with an Archives Certificate from Pratt Institute.

Small Museum Pro:
Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro certificate from AASLH.
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By: American Association for State and Local History