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Subject: Online course on object numbering

Online course on object numbering

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Friday, January 30, 2009
MS 208:  Applying Numbers to Collection Objects:
Materials and Methods of Object Numbering
Feb 16 - Mar 13, 2009
Price: $425
Instructor: Helen Alten

Description: Applying Numbers to Collection Objects covers the
materials and methods of object numbering: registration, handling,
labeling and marking, number placement, documentation, health and
safety, transponders and barcodes, surface marks, inks, paints and
barrier coats. Each participant receives a Northern States
Conservation Center collections labeling kit and performs
experiments using its contents. Participants learn to determine what
pen, ink, barrier coat or tag is appropriate for each object and
storage or display situation.

Course Outline:

    Basic Concepts
    Associating Numbers and Objects
    Applying Numbers to Objects: Barrier Coats and Direct Surface
    Tools of Numbering
    Recommended Numbering Procedures for Specific Objects

Logistics: Participants in Applying Numbers to Collection Objects
work through seven sections at their own pace. Instructor Helen
Alten will be available at scheduled times for email support.
Participants work individually and interact through forums and
online chats. Materials include PowerPoint lectures, readings,
lecture notes and a collections labeling kit with sample materials.
Additional resources include projects, quizzes and links to relevant
web sites.

Applying Numbers to Collection Objects runs four weeks. To reserve a
spot in the course, please pay at


If you have trouble please contact

    Helen Alten <helen<-at->collectioncare<.>org>

The Instructor:

    Helen Alten, is the Director of Northern States Conservation
    Center and its chief Objects Conservator. For nearly 30 years
    she has been involved in objects conservation, starting as a
    pre-program intern at the Oriental Institute in Chicago and the
    University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. She
    completed a degree in Archaeological Conservation and Materials
    Science from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of
    London in England. She has built and run conservation
    laboratories in Bulgaria, Montana, Greece, Alaska and Minnesota.

    She has a broad understanding of three-dimensional materials and
    their deterioration, wrote and edited the quarterly Collections
    Caretaker, maintains the popular
    <URL:> web site, lectures
    throughout the United States on collection care topics, was
    instrumental in developing a state-wide protocol for disaster
    response in small Minnesota museums, has written, received and
    reviewed grants for NEH and IMLS, worked with local foundations
    funding one of her pilot programs, and is always in search of
    the perfect museum mannequin.

    She has published chapters on conservation and deterioration of
    archeological glass with the Materials Research Society and the
    York Archaeological Trust, four chapters on different mannequin
    construction techniques in Museum Mannequins: A Guide for
    Creating the Perfect Fit (2002), preservation planning,
    policies, forms and procedures needed for a small museum in The
    Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' Collection
    Initiative Manual, and is co-editor of the penultimate book on
    numbering museum collections (still in process) by the Gilcrease
    Museum in Oklahoma.

    Helen Alten has been a Field Education Director, Conservator,
    and staff trainer. She began working with people from small,
    rural, and tribal museums while as the state conservator for
    Montana and Alaska. Helen currently conducts conservation
    treatments and operates a conservation center in Charleston, WV
    and St. Paul, MN.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:43
                Distributed: Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Received on Friday, 30 January, 2009

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