Join us August 3 for the 4 week course Laws & Collections Management.
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 us beginning July 6, 2020 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.
Is your collection at risk due to poor storage methods? Good storage mounts are essential for preserving museum collections. Building on the related course, Storage Materials, in Storage Techniques, you will learn about the materials, tools, ideas and techniques needed to create quality storage mounts. You will design and build a storage mount for an object of your choosing and plan a storage improvement project for a collection of objects using archival materials and techniques. Join us for the 4 week course Storage Techniques.
Join us beginning April 6, 2020 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.
Are you using the best materials with your collections? What exactly does “archival” mean? How do you know you the material you are using is acceptable? In this 4 week course, you will learn what materials are safe for exhibiting, moving, and storing collections. You will create a customized handbook of good materials and plan for an exhibit, moving, or storage project by identifying vendors and materials.
Join us beginning February 2, 2020 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 beginning May 4, 2020 for the 4 week course Rights & Reproductions 1: Intro to IP and Licensing Best Practices.
The management and dissemination of the Intellectual Property (IP)
assets maintained by cultural institutions is a key responsibility of
collections care. In the four week online course
Rights & Reproductions 1: Intro to IP and Licensing Best Practices participants will receive a broad overview to the key functions of a rights and reproductions specialist at a
The course textbook, Rights
& Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institution, Second Edition will be supplemented by a variety of readings and assignments.
Join us beginning October 7, 2019 for the 4 week course Rights & Reproductions 2: Fair Use, Open Access, and More.
Rights and reproductions methodologies are seemingly ever-changing with
new technologies, additional distribution avenues, evolving case law,
applicable court decisions, and new legislation. In
the four week online course Rights & Reproductions 2: Fair Use, Open Access, and More
participants will further investigate current trends in rights and
at cultural institutions, through discussions of fair use / fair dealing
guidelines and codes, Creative Commons and RightsStatements.org, Open
Access and more.
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
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.