Join us beginning April 1, 2019 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 4, 2019 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.

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.

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 June 3, 2019 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 August 5 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.

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 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.