Completed 2017 courses

Join us for the 4 week course Policies for Managing Collections. In this course we will critically examine the purposes and functions of collections management policies, including how collections are defined, acquired, managed, used, maintained, and deaccessioned. The course textbook,Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies, will be supplemented by a variety of readings and assignments.

Join us for the four week course ID & Care of Photographs on Paper. The course will help participants to identify items in their collections by using the characteristics, aging properties, and the clues found in the photographs. When introduced to the photographs, participants will learn their unique properties & how they age. Discussions and images shared in the lessons, assignments and forums, will help build confidence in identification skills. After completion of this course, participants should be able to make better decisions concerning storage materials & proper environments.

Join us for the 4 week course Assessing Risks to Cultural Property 1. Assessing risks to cultural property, including but not limited to Museum, Library, and Archive collections, is becoming a fundamental ability for collection care professionals. This introductory course provides a firm foundation on which to build an understanding of risk-based approaches to cultural property protection. Ideas associated with the terms hazard, risk, deterioration, damage, and loss are clarified. Risks are defined as departures from the goal of shepherding a collection forward in time without it suffering damage or loss. We will explore the importance of comprehensiveness and of clear definitions of risks. Tools are provided and practiced to ensure comprehensive sets of well defined risks can be developed based on agents of change and types of risk.

Participants will develop a useful set of defined type 1 (rare and potentially catastrophic) specific risks relevant to their institution. The potential impact of those risks will be ranked according to estimates of likelihood and impact. This will provide focus in the development of emergency preparedness plans and resources. It will also provide a platform for more effective communication among functional groups within your institution including collection management, registration, conservation, facilities management, security, finance, and possibly others.

Join us for the four week course Introduction to Heritage Interpretation. This is an entry level interpretation course, that reviews the current state-of-the-art in interpretive philosophy, techniques and services, based on "outcome based" interpretation.  The course centers around Tilden's Interpretive Principles, and developing interpretive themes and objectives for any interpretive program, tour, exhibit or service.

Join beginning September 4, 2017 us for the four week course Moving Museum Collections. 

Moving Museum Collections provides a how-to for planning and managing a collection move to avoid the many pitfalls associated with a move project. The course will help you clarify your project, develop a work plan, prepare a communication scheme, define proposals for vendors, organize staffing and establish packing protocols.