The 4 week online course Tools for Strategic Management of Collections provides a practical introduction to a number of recent methods for assessing quality of collections management and care against benchmarks and also identifying staff competencies and providing data for strategic use of resources. The course is aimed at a broad audience from collections managers with day-to-day collections responsibilities to senior managers including those entering collections management from non–natural history or research backgrounds. Although rooted in natural history collections most of these methods are adaptable to the wider museum sector.
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.
Join us February 5, 2018 for the 4 week course Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections.The process of securing the collection and making it accessible needs the mindset of a collections manager as well as the one of a project manager. This course helps you to get a grip on your unmanaged collection by developing a plan to tackle it, defining achievable goals by creating logical exits and finding ways to keep the project going even if you are limited in time, staff and money. The course textbook, Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections, will be supplemented by a variety of readings and assignments.
Join us for the 4 week course Rights & Reproductions: Guidelines and Best Practices.
In the ever-shifting environment of new technologies, digital
reproductions, and burgeoning social media uses, the rights and
permissions landscape is rapidly changing. In the four week online
course "Rights & Reproductions: Guidelines and Best Practices"
participants will receive a broad overview to the key functions of a
rights and reproductions specialist at a cultural institution.
The course textbook, Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institution will be supplemented by a variety of readings and assignments.
Join us August 7 for the 4 week course Collections Management and Museum Law.
This course provides an accessible introduction to the basic legal aspects of managing museum collections by presenting an overview of the legal organization of museums and the scope and significance of key US and international laws and regulations that affect collecting and managing museum collections. The course textbook (A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections) is supplemented by a changing variety of pertinent readings and class discussions.
Join instructor Lori Benson for this 4 week online Introduction to Natural History Collection course, an introduction to natural history collections for staff and institutions that primarily work with other types of collections; such as history, ethnography and art. We will focus on the issues encountered by collections staff including the importance of natural science and objects composed with biological and geological materials, documentation needs, identification, legal concerns and regulatory compliance issues, storage concerns, hazards, appropriate handling, pest management and issues related to loans and use.