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Subject: Online course on collections management

Online course on collections management

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
MS207: Collections Management: Cataloging Your Collection
(Only offered once in 2012)
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
July 1-26, 2013
Location: online at <URL:>

Description: Cataloging may not be the most exciting museum task,
but it is among the most important. Without a clear knowledge of
your holdings, you can't protect, care for, research or exhibit
them. Without knowledge of an item's history, you can't properly
appreciate its value to your museum. Cataloging Your Collection
covers all details needed to catalog a collection. Procedures for
handling, measuring and describing all types of objects and
materials are discussed in detail. Participants receive sample forms
and learn the best practices for numbering artifacts, performing
inventory and assessing the condition of objects. Participants
practice describing everyday objects and cataloging items from their
own collections or households.

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.

Logistics: Participants in Cataloging Your Collection set their own
pace while working through 10 sections. Instructor Peggy Schaller
will be available at scheduled times for email support. Participants
interact through forums and scheduled online chats. Materials
include online readings and lecture notes, as well as handouts,
slide lectures, projects and links to relevant web sites. The course
is limited to 20 participants.

Cataloging Your Collection runs four weeks.

To learn more about the course, please go to
<URL:> If
you have trouble please contact Helen Alten

The Instructor:

    Peggy Schaller, founded Collections Research for Museums in 1991
    to provide cataloging, collection management training and
    services. She has worked with a large variety of museums and
    collections for more than 18 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 Manager II. She provides
    workshops and project services to museums and historical
    societies all across the country. 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. For more information visit her web site Collections
    Research for Museums

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Friday, 7 June, 2013

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