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Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management

From: Cultural Resource Management <crmp<-a>
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is accepting applications for
their Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections
Management.  This four-course professional specialization
certificate program is designed to enhance your capacity to
effectively build and manage collections.

Begin with Caring for Collections (a course offered via distance
January - April, 2009--see below for more information), then take
Curatorship (offered via distance next academic year) and Caring for
Collections (also offered next academic year), plus one more
elective in the HA 488 series, and complete your certificate by the
end of April 2009!

To apply to this certificate program, please visit


Please see below for a complete description of the first core course
offered in this certificate program (you do not have to be a
certificate student to register for this course):

Caring for Collections
HA 488D (1.5 units); distance offering
January 12 - April 19, 2009

    An examination of the physical characteristics of various types
    of museum collections, the ways they are affected by a range of
    environmental factors, and the preventive conservation and
    treatment policies and procedures that are utilized to ensure
    the safe-keeping of artifacts and specimens in storage, on
    exhibit, in transit, and when in use for research and
    programming purposes. Explore the principles and techniques of
    preventive care and strengthen your understanding of:

        *   the ethics of conservation and the basic tenets that
            govern the conservation profession

        *   the cultural sensitivities that is integral in providing
            collections with proper and respectful care

        *   what conservation is and of a conservator's role within
            an institution or with collections

        *   collections care and the need for partnership

        *   the history of conservation and the evolution of taking
            a preventive rather than an interventive approach to
            collections care

        *   the need to become familiar with the various
            conservation resources and resource institutions

        *   the terminology used by conservators and conservation

        *   the agents of deterioration that can affect museum

        *   the techniques used to measure and quantify the agents
            of deterioration

        *   the risks affecting the collections in your care and to
            develop mitigative strategies for dealing with these

        *   active and passive approaches to controlling the museum

        *   risk management as an approach to collections care

        *   safe handling of collections

        *   the condition of a museum object (e.g., condition

        *   the physical and chemical nature of the materials that
            make up museum collections

        *   materials degradation

        *   museum pollutants and how to create a pollutant-free
            environment for storage, exhibition and transportation
            of museum collections

        *   the basic requirements for the safe exhibition, storage
            and transportation of museum collections

        *   museum security as it relates to collections care

        *   integrated pest management

To see the complete course outline visit:


Please register by: December 10, 2008 (late registrations accepted
if space permits)--please be aware that you may register in this
course as a noncredit student while you are waiting for your
application to be approved by the PSC program. Upon acceptance into
the program, your status will be changed to a credit student and
this course will be applied to the certificate requirements.

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.

Flexible enrollment options allow you to take this course on either
a credit or non-credit basis to meet specific needs or interests.


    Susan L. Maltby is a conservation consultant specializing in
    artifact treatment, training seminars, collection surveys,
    advice on collections care and management, and conservation
    guidelines for exhibits, museums and heritage structures. She
    earned a Master of Art Conservation specializing in artifact
    conservation from Queens University in 1984, has extensive field
    experience in Cyprus and Jordan as an archaeological
    conservator, and has written numerous articles and papers, and
    contributed to the academic literature on conservation
    technique. Previously, Susan worked as a Conservator with the
    Canadian Conservation Institute, a Fellow at the National Museum
    of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and as an intern at
    the Klondike National Historic Site.

For other required courses and electives for completing the PSC in
Collections Management, see


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
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