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Online course on object numbering

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
MS 208: Applying Numbers to Collection Objects
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson
Aug 5 - Aug 30, 2013
Location: Online at <URL:>

Description: Applying Numbers to Collection Objects covers the
materials and methods of object numbering: registration, handling,
labeling and marking, number placement, documentation, health and
safety, transponders and barcodes, surface marks, inks, paints and
barrier coats. Each participant receives a Northern States
Conservation Center collections labeling kit and performs
experiments using its contents. Participants learn to determine what
pen, ink, barrier coat or tag is appropriate for each object and
storage or display situation.

Logistics: Participants in Applying Numbers to Collection Objects
work through seven sections at their own pace. Instructor Helen
Alten will be available at scheduled times for email support.
Participants work individually and interact through forums and
online chats. Materials include PowerPoint lectures, readings,
lecture notes and a collections labeling kit with sample materials.
Additional resources include projects, quizzes and links to relevant
web sites.

Applying Numbers to Collection Objects runs four weeks. To learn
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.

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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