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Online course on museum registration

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Friday, December 21, 2007
MS103: The Basics of Museum Registration
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
January 28 - February 23, 2008
Price: $425

    The Northern States Conservation Center
    <URL:> is pleased to announce the
    return of one of its building-block courses:  The Basics of
    Museum Registration at <URL:>.  This
    course covers the basics of museum record keeping. The mission
    statement is emphasized as the foundation for the museum. Then
    students learn of the importance of establishing set policies
    and procedures. The terms 'registration' and 'accession' will be
    defined and the process discussed. Three common types of
    numbering systems will be reviewed and the answer to the
    question "Why do museums put those little bitty numbers on all
    their artifacts?" will be revealed. Finally, the Museum
    Registration Manual, its importance for the museum and what it
    should contain will be reviewed.

    Participants will be asked to create a mission statement,
    collection policy and acquisition policy for a 'new' museum;
    comment on one of the selected readings about museum missions;
    complete an accessioning exercise; and for the final class
    project create a sample registration manual for our 'new'

    Class Outline:

        The Museum Mission Statement
        Accessioning and Numbering
        Registration Manual

    The course format is self-paced through 5 sections. The
    instructor will be available at predetermined intervals
    throughout the course. Students will be working individually and
    interact through forums and scheduled on-line chats. Materials
    include web versions of reading materials and lecture notes.
    Supporting resources include message forums, weekly online
    chats, email support, projects, quizzes, and links to relevant

The course will last for four weeks and cover all the details needed
to begin processing a collection. This course will include handouts,
on-line literature, slide lectures, and
student-teacher/group-teacher dialog. The course is limited to 20

If you are interested in the 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<-a t->collectioncare< . >org.

About the instructor:

    Peggy Schaller is the President of Collections Research for
    Museums in Denver, Colorado. She has a BA in Anthropology with
    minors in Art History and Geology from the University of Arizona
    in Tucson, a MA in Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies
    from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and I am a Certified
    Institutional Protection Specialist.

    Peggy Schaller established Collections Research for Museums, a
    museum consulting firm that specializes in cataloging/collection
    management training and services, in November 1991. It is the
    mission of Collections Research for Museums 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. During the last 13 years, I have
    worked with numerous museums and institutions and many different
    types of collections.

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