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Course on museum information management

From: Anissa Paulsen <crmp<-a>
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Museum Information Management: Knowledge, Management and
HA 488N (1.5 units);

Blended online/on-campus offering
Online component: September 15-October 3, 2008
On-campus component: October 6-8, 2008

The course outline is now available (see below) for this innovative
blended online/on-campus learning opportunity for professionals and
volunteers working in museums, heritage sites, and cultural centres.
The registration deadline is August 18, 2008 so register today.

Today's museums and cultural institutions are strengthened by their
creative use of the wealth of digital information/media they
collect, manage, preserve and share. Explore the dimensions,
strategic value, and potential uses of this diverse range of digital
resources and learn how to strategically harness these resources to
improve the effectiveness of your cultural institution and its
internal and online information assets.

This engaging and interactive course provides you with the
opportunity to examine your institution's information opportunities
and develop a project plan to act on one or more of them.

Whether you work with education, collections, research, programming,
marketing and audience development, or management within a museum or
heritage setting, this course strengthens your ability to:

    Identify the myriad of information resources managed across your

    Recognize the growing strategic value of collection-related
    digital resources for your institution and to the communities it

    Define the uses of major software systems used to manage digital
    information resources (e.g. collection management, digital asset
    management, content management)

    Identify opportunities and strategies for collecting and
    integrating digital information resources to enhance your
    website, exhibits and collections

    Identify resources (human and other) required to support
    sustainable museum technology projects

    Develop a formal technology project proposal/plan that can be
    used internally or for obtaining external funding

See draft course outline below for further information about each

Please register by: August 18, 2008 (late registrations accepted if
space permits)

To register in this course please visit


Fee: CDN$641, including a CDN$70 materials fee (Canadian funds,
credit and non-credit participation options) A CDN$170 registration
deposit is required with each registration form.


    Scott Sayre, PhD and Kris Wetterlund, Principals, Sandbox
    Studios/Museum411 Inc., work with museums to plan, create,
    manage and assess education programs and technology projects.

    Scott Sayre has over a dozen years of experience guiding museums
    in the application of business and educational technologies.
    Currently a founder and principal at Sandbox Studios Inc., he
    previously served as the Art Museum Image Consortium's Director
    of Member Services and US Operations. From 1991 to 2002 he was
    the Director Media and Technology at The Minneapolis Institute
    of Arts where he formed and led the museum's Interactive Media
    Group in the development of, the MIA's Web
    site <URL:> and sixteen interactive multimedia
    gallery kiosks. Sayre held the position of Applications
    Developer at the University of Minnesota's Telecommunications
    Development Center. He has a Doctorate in Education from the
    University of Minnesota and a M,Ed, and B.A. in Visual
    Communications Technology from Bowling Green State University.

    Kris Wetterlund worked with teachers as an art museum educator
    for the past ten years, in the education department at the
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and as Director of Education at
    the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Wetterlund received her
    degree in art education from the University of Minnesota and is
    certified as a K-12 Minnesota teacher. She has served as team
    leader in the St. Paul Public School's writing of elementary art
    curriculum, and has authored art educational resources online,
    for both the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minnesota
    Museum of American Art, including the award- winning Get the
    Picture: Thinking about Photographs. Currently Wetterlund is
    designing and implementing a Minnesota-wide two year teacher
    training program for ArtsConnectEd, an online partnership
    between The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center
    in Minneapolis.

Draft course outline:
On-line:  Week 1-3

Week 1
The Changing Role of Museums and Information Technology

    1.  Presentation
        a.  Course Overview - objectives, outline, assignments
        b.  Defining museum information.
        c.  The importance of information management in the
            long-term success of an institution. Expanding the
            definition, expanding the scope of museum information

Week 2
Looking at Systems

    1.  Presentation
        a.  Politics of museum information
        b.  Major museum systems
    2.  Interview with Steve Jacobsen - Constituency Management
    3.  Interview with Dan Dennehy - Digitization and Digital Asset

Week 3
Metadata and Standards

    1.  Presentation
        a.  Content, Data and Metadata
    2.  Interview with Angela Spanazee - Introduction to Standards
    3.  Interview with Susan Chun - Steve Tagging project

On Campus: Week 4 (three days only)

Day 1
Project Planning and Information Policy

In class activities

    1.  Lecture/Activity: Resource Assessment
    2.  Lecture - Developing a project proposal
    3.  Student and Instructor project meetings and work time
    4.  Student proposal idea presentation/discussion
    5.  Discussion of Readings
    6.  Work time with instructor consulting

Day 2
Open Source, Interchange and Sustainability

In class activities

    1.  Lecture: Data Interchange, Collaboration and Sharing
    2.  Case Study: ArtsConnectEd
    3.  Remote guest speaker Q&A - Guest speaker will be selected
        based on student interest
    4.  Work time with instructor check-in

Day 3
New Technologies and Multimedia and Usability

In class activities

    1.  ArtsConnectEd Usability Testing
    2.  Student Presentations
    3.  Lecture: Web 2.0 and beyond
    4.  Discussion of Readings

Enrollment options allow you to choose to take courses either to
enhance professional development or build academic credit.
Individual course descriptions and registration forms are available
by contacting us at crmp<-a t->uvcs< . >uvic< . >ca or by visiting our web site
at: <URL:>

For more information, please contact:

  Anissa Paulsen
  Program Coordinator
  Cultural Resource Management Program
  Continuing Studies
  University of Victoria
  PO Box 3030 STN CSC
  Victoria BC V8W 3N6
  Fax: 250-721-8774
  apaulsen<-a t->uvcs< . >uvic< . >ca

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