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Online course on museum storage

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
MS 201: Storage for Infinity: An Overview of Museum Storage
(only runs once in 2012)
Instructor: Lori Benson
Mar-4-29, 2013
Price: $475
Location: online at

Description: Storage for Infinity covers everything you need to know
to limit damage to stored collections.  Participants will learn
about building new storage areas and retrofitting existing space.
Other topics include constructing support mounts and storage
security.  The material emphasizes philosophy and planning,
handling, materials and techniques.

Logistics: Participants in Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture
work at individual paces through five sections.  Instructor Helen
Alten is available at scheduled times during the course for email
support. Resources include forums and scheduled online chats,
PowerPoint lectures, reading materials and lecture notes and links
to relevant web sites.

Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture runs four weeks.  To reserve
a spot in the course, please pay at If you have trouble
please contact Helen Alten at helen<-at->collectioncare<.>org

The Instructor:

    Lori Benson is an independent museum professional based in
    Maine.  Ms. Benson has a B.A. in biology and a Masters of
    Library and Informational Science specializing in rare books and
    archives.  She started working at the Minnesota Historical
    Society in 1990, finishing a grant funded position as the
    Preservation Outreach Representative.  After a series of project
    positions at the Historical Society, including Assistant Moving
    Coordinator, she was hired by the Science Museum of Minnesota as
    their first Collections Manager in 1994.  She was Project
    Director in the Research and Collections Division for the new
    facility planning and move.  The project was published as Moving
    the Mountain, the Science Museum of Minnesota Guide to Moving
    Collections.  In addition to her position at the Science Museum,
    Ms. Benson was adjunct faculty at Dominican University/College
    of St. Catherine Department of Library Science teaching
    Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials and Archives
    Administration in 2000-2001.  In 2003, she was hired by Texas
    Natural Science Center, University of Texas at Austin (formerly
    Texas Memorial Museum) to de-accession their entire cultural
    collection.  She continues to be a University of Texas
    Affiliate.  She has taught museum studies to undergraduates and
    given many talks and lectures on preservation, deaccessioning,
    project planning and moving.  She is a member of the Society for
    the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the
    Registrars' Committee of the American Association of Museums. In
    her second life, she teaches hand weaving.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Friday, 8 February, 2013

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