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Online course on museum management

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Monday, April 14, 2008
MS109: Museum Management (New course)
Instructor:  Sue Near
May 5-30, 2008
Cost: $425
Location: <URL:>

Description: Museum Management is complex. A museum exists to
preserve collections and educate, but it is also an institution that
must employ sound business practices while being accountable to the
public as a non-profit organization. Participants will gain an
understanding of the requirements for museum administration and the
processes used to run a successful museum. Elements required to
efficiently and effectively run a museum will be covered, and we
will engage in discussions about the changing cultural climate that
may effect museum operations.

Course Outline

    Legal and Planning Documents
    Staff Responsibilities, Organization, and Personnel Management
    Strategic Planning
    Budget Management and Accountability
    Collections Management
    Facilities Management
    Marketing and Community Relations
    Development and Membership
    Public Programs and Evaluation
    Overview Future Trends

Course Book: Museum Administration: An Introduction, Hugh H.
Genoways (University of Nebraska State Museum) and Lynne M. Ireland
(Nebraska State Historical Society), Series: American Association
for State and Local History, AltaMira Press, 2003

Logistics: Participants in Museum Management work through sections
the above sections on their own. Instructor Susan Near is available
for scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online
literature and references, slide lectures and dialog between
students and online chats led by the instructor. The course is
limited to 20 participants.

Museum Management runs four weeks.. Please sign up and pay at
<URL:> If you have trouble
with either, please contact Helen Alten at helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org

The Instructor:

    Susan Near recently became special projects manager at the
    Montana Historical Society in Helena. Prior positions at the
    Historical Society include director of museum services
    (1989-2007), curator of collections (1984-1989), and registrar
    (1982-1984). She also worked as collections research specialist
    at the Valley Forge Historical Society in Pennsylvania. She has
    been curator for more than 20 major exhibitions ranging from
    western art to decorative arts, and has conducted material
    culture research covering a broad range of collections. Near
    co-authored of Montana's State Capitol:The People's House,
    Montana Historical Society Press, 2002. Near has extensive
    administrative experience especially in grant-writing, heritage
    tourism, educational outreach, public relations, marketing,
    planning for new museum construction, and project and event
    management. She is an accreditation visiting committee member
    for the American Association of Museums, has conducted peer
    reviews for the Museums Assessment Program, and has reviewed and
    served on grants panels for the Institute for Museum and Library
    Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Near
    is a graduate of the Museum Studies Program at the University of
    Delaware and the Getty's Museum Management Institute.

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