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Subject: New site--Paleontology Portal Collection Management module

New site--Paleontology Portal Collection Management module

From: Rachael Arenstein <rachaelarenstein<-a>
Date: Monday, November 17, 2008
I am pleased to announce the launch of the Paleontology Portal
Collection Management Module. This site is intended as a central
resource on collection management for anyone who has an interest in
fossil collections, from museum and lab professionals, to
avocational collectors, to school and university students. If you
are responsible for the care of a fossil collection in an
institution, know people with a private collection, work with
students who are thinking about a career in paleontology, collection
management or conservation, or just are interested in what museums
do with all those fossils, this site is for you.This site is divided
into four sections describing the main activities in managing a
fossil collection. The functions of each activity are explained with
detailed information, samples of documents and forms from museums,
and links that you can follow to access to resources on other sites.
For a brief overview of the main activities you can view the case
study showing a fossil specimen that is being processed into a
museum collection. You can also jump directly to a compilation of
many of the site's tools and resources.The Collection Management
Module will eventually be accessible via the main Paleontology
Portal site


or directly via


Thanks go to the National Science Foundation whose support was
central to the creation of this site, colleagues at a number of
museums generously provided sample documentation, and Dr.
Christopher A. Norris, Director of Collections and Archives,
Division of Paleontology and Dr. John J. Flynn, Dean, Richard Gilder
Graduate School and Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals both of the
American Museum of Natural History for the opportunity to work on
this project.

Rachael Perkins Arenstein

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