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Online course on collections management

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
MS 104: An Introduction to Collections Preservation
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson
July 1-26, 2013
Location: Online at <URL:>

Description: Every museum professional needs a solid foundation in
preservation principles and techniques. Introduction to Collections
Preservation provides an overview of current preservation issues
from environmental monitoring to collection cleaning, exhibit mounts
and storage furniture. Participants learn about every aspect of the
modern museum and how the building, staff and fixtures affect
preservation. Subjects include the agents of deterioration, risk
management, object handling and transport, object labeling, exhibit
lighting, security, emergency preparedness, materials for storage
and display, storage and exhibit philosophies, and condition

Logistics: Participants in An Introduction to Collections
Preservation work at their own pace through 10 sections and interact
through online forums and chats. Instructor Helen Alten will be
available at scheduled times for email support. Materials include
online readings and lecture notes, slide shows, quizzes and links to
relevant web sites. The course is limited to 20 participants.

An Introduction to Collections Preservation runs for four weeks. To
more about the course, go to
If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

The Instructor:

    Objects conservator Gretchen Anderson learned her craft at the
    American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian's
    Conservation Analytical Lab, the Canadian Conservation
    Institute, Getty Conservation Lab, the Los Angeles County Museum
    of Art, and the Minnesota Historical Society. She established
    the conservation department at the Science Museum of Minnesota
    in 1989. She is the co-author of A Holistic Approach to Museum
    Pest Management, a technical leaflet for the American
    Association for State and Local History and established a
    rigorous IPM program for the Science Museum. She was a key
    member in the planning team that designed and built a new
    facility for the Science Museum of Minnesota. This endeavor
    resulted in not only a state of the art exhibition and storage
    facility, but also a major publication about the experience of
    building a new museum and creating the correct environments:
    Moving the Mountain. In 2009 she accepted the position of
    conservator and head of the conservation section at the Carnegie
    Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. Ms. Anderson is a
    member of the American Institute for Conservation and the
    Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. She
    lectures and presents workshops on preventive conservation, IPM,
    cleaning in museums, and practical methods and materials for
    storage of collections.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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