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Subject: Online course on museum registration

Online course on museum registration

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Northern States Conservation Center announces an online museum
registration course for the start of 2009:

MS 103: The Basics of Museum Registration
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
Dates: January 19 through February 14, 2009
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

Discover why museums use those little bitsy numbers on artifacts.
Master the ABCs of museum record keeping in the Basics of Museum
Registration. Participants learn about registration, accession,
common numbering systems and how to craft a mission statement for
their museum. Finally, the course reviews the importance of
having--and using--a registration manual and what it should contain.

Each participant will write a mission statement, as well as
collection and acquisition policies for a "new" museum. The
curriculum also requires written commentary on museum missions, an
accessioning exercise and drafting a sample registration manual.

Course Outline:

    The Museum Mission Statement
    Accessioning and Numbering
    Registration Manual

Logistics: Participants in the Basics of Museum Registration work at
their own pace through five sections and interact through online
forums and chats. Instructor Peggy Schaller will be available at
scheduled times for email support. The course covers everything you
need to know to process a collection. Materials include online
readings and lecture notes, slide shows, quizzes and links to
relevant web sites.

Basics of Museum Registration runs for four weeks. To reserve a spot
in the course, please pay at


If you have trouble with either, please contact

    Helen Alten <helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org>

The Instructor:

    Peggy Schaller, founded Collections Research for Museums in 1991
    to provide consulting on cataloging, collection-management
    training and services. She has worked with a large variety of
    museums and collections for more than 17 years. Peggy, who lives
    in Denver, Colorado, has a bachelor's degree in anthropology
    with minors in art history and geology from the University of
    Arizona in Tucson. She has a master's degree in anthropology
    with a minor in museum studies from the University of Colorado
    in Boulder and is a certified institutional protection
    specialist. She provides workshops to museums and historical
    societies in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. The
    mission of Collections Research for Museums is 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.

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Received on Tuesday, 16 December, 2008

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