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Online course on storage

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Friday, April 24, 2009
Announcing an online course about materials used for storage and
display in museums, cultural centers, archives and libraries.  The
course starts May 4, 2009

MS204: Materials for Storage and Display
May 4-May 29, 2009
Price: $425
Instructor: Helen Alten

Description: One of the great benefits of the 21st century is the
abundance of materials for storing and displaying collections.
Materials for Storage and Display covers this vast array in detail.
Lectures and handouts separate materials by properties: rigid,
padding, barrier and attachments. Slide shows illustrate the use of
each. The course emphasizes acid-free materials and how to retrofit
less appropriate materials. Materials for Storage and Display keeps
current with the latest materials available for preservation. Using
material testing as a decision making tool is covered. Participants
receive notebooks with samples of all of the materials discussed.

Course Outline:

    Choosing and Testing
    Rigid Materials
    Padding Materials
    Barrier Materials
    Tie Materials
    Bad Materials

Logistics: Participants in Materials for Storage and Display work at
their own pace through eight sections. Instructor Helen Alten is
available at scheduled times during the course for email support.
Students work individually and interact through forums and scheduled
online chats. Materials include PowerPoint lectures, readings and
lecture notes, as well as message forums, projects, quizzes, and
links to relevant web sites. The course is limited to 20

Materials for Storage and Display lasts four weeks. To reserve a
spot in the course, please pay at
<URL:> 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 22:62
                  Distributed: Sunday, April 26, 2009
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Received on Friday, 24 April, 2009

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