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Subject: Online course on object numbering

Online course on object numbering

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006
There are two complementary on-line classes being offered in July at

    MS 208: Applying Numbers to Collections Objects and
    MS 207: Cataloging Your Collection

Both courses last for four weeks. The instructors will be available
at predetermined intervals throughout the courses. Students work
individually and interact through forums and scheduled on-line

MS 208: Applying Numbers to Collection Objects covers the materials
and methods of Object Numbering. Topics covered by the lecture
include registration steps, handling objects, labeling and marking
overview, number placement and documentation, health and safety
concerns, tags and labels, transponders and barcodes, surface marks,
inks and paints and barrier coats. Each student receives a
collections labeling kit.

Course Goals: To be able to determine what pen, ink, barrier coat,
or tag is appropriate for each object and storage or display

Class Outline

    Basic Concepts
    Associating Numbers and Objects
    Applying Numbers to Objects: Barrier Coats and Direct Surface

    Tools of Numbering
    Recommended Numbering Procedures for Specific Objects

Instructor Helen Alten heads Northern States Conservation Center and
has been a member of the AIC/AAM Task Force on Numbering since the

MS 207: Cataloging Your Collection covers the basics of collections
cataloging. Cataloging procedures are discussed in detail with
sample forms to support these procedures. Best practices for
numbering artifacts are presented, as well as how to perform
inventories and condition reports. Procedures for handling,
measuring, and describing all types of objects and materials will be
discussed. Students will be asked to describe an everyday object and
practice cataloging several items from their own collections or

Class Outline:

    Cataloging Procedures: Why do we catalog our artifacts?
    Appropriate Materials
    Specific Types of materials
    Conservation and Storage
    Condition Reports
    General Care and Storage of Specific Objects
    General information
    Describing Objects
    Considerations for Specific Objects

Instructor Peggy Schaller heads Collections Research for Museums, a
museum consulting firm that specializes in cataloging/collection
management training and services. Their mission is to inspire
museums to improve their professional standards, collections
stewardship and service to their constituency through training in,
and assistance with, documenting, preserving, protecting and
managing their collections.

If you are interested in either course, please sign up at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>.  If you have
trouble with either, please contact Helen Alten at
helen [at] collectioncare__org.  Each course is $395.  There is a discount
of $25 if you sign up for more than one course.

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