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Online course on staff support

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013
MS008: Buy-In: Getting All of the Staff to Support Preservation
Instructor: Helen Alten
Price: $99
Jan 21-25, 2013
Location: online at

Description: To get anything done in your museum, you often need to
get other staff to support the idea. All too often, preservation is
left to one or two staff members and others believe it doesn't apply
to them. For example, it is hard to successfully implement a pest
management plan without full staff support. Everyone must buy into
the notion of preservation. But how? Readings will introduce some
ideas and participants in this course will brainstorm with Helen
about what works, what might work--and what doesn't.

Logistics: Participants in Buy-In will read literature and
participate in two one-hour chats to discuss how to get other staff
to support preservation. Each student should read course materials
and prepare questions or comments to share with the other students
in the chat. This is a mini-course and takes no more than 10 hours
of a student's time. This is an opportunity to brain-storm with
colleagues about what works and what doesn't work.

To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at
<URL:> If you have trouble
please contact Helen Alten at 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.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Thursday, 3 January, 2013

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