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Online course on museums

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
MS101: Introduction to Museums
Instructor: John Simmons
Aug 5 - Sep 13, 2013
Location: online at <URL:>

Description: The United States is blessed with more than 10,000
museums. We can only guess at the world's total. While most people
think of a well-staffed, professionally run institution, the vast
majority of museums are started and run by people with little or no
basic training in museum studies or preservation. Introduction to
Museums is crafted to change that. The course introduces basic
concepts, terminology and the role of various staff members,
including curators, registrars and directors. Introduction to
Museums is aimed at board members, interns and volunteers, as well
as anyone interested in becoming a museum professional or learning
more about the profession.

Logistics: Participants in Introduction to Museums work through
sections at their own pace. Instructor John Simmons is available for
scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online
literature and dialog between students and online chats led by the
instructor. The course is limited to 20 participants.

Introduction to Museums runs four weeks. To learn more about the
course, go to

If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

The Instructor:

    John E. Simmons runs Museologica, an independent consulting
    company, and serves as Adjunct Curator of Collections at the
    Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery at
    Pennsylvania State University. He has a B.S. in Systematics and
    Ecology and a Master's degree in Historical Administration and
    Museum Studies. Simmons began his professional career as a zoo
    keeper, then worked as collections manager at the California
    Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of the
    University of Kansas, where he also served as Director of the
    Museum Studies Program until 2007. He received 2011 Carolyn L.
    Rose Award for outstanding commitment to Natural History
    Collections Care and Management from the Society for the
    Preservation of Natural History Collections, the Superior
    Voluntary Service Award from the American Association of Museums
    and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Graduate
    Students from the University of Kansas. Simmons' publications
    include three books, Herpetological Collecting and Collections
    Management (2002), Cuidado, Manejo y Conservacion de las
    Colecciones Biologicas (2005, with Yaneth Munoz-Saba), and
    Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies (2006).
    He consults, teaches, and does field work in the US, Latin
    America and Asia. For more information visit his web site

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:5
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Received on Tuesday, 9 July, 2013

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