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Online course on collections management databases

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
MS214: Collection Management Databases
Instructors: Sofia Galarza Liu and John Simmons
Sep 3-Sep 27, 2013
Location: online at

Description: A collection database is a necessary tool for accurate
and efficient collections management. In Collection Management
Databases you will learn what characteristics distinguish one
database system from another; how a database can be used to manage
inventory, conservation, pest management, and other aspects of
collections management; as well as how to prepare your collection
and documentation for entry into a database.

Logistics: Participants in Collection Management Databases work
through sections on their own. Instructors are available for
scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online
literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and online
chats led by the instructor. The course is limited to 20

Collection Management Databases runs four weeks. To learn more about
the course, please go to
If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten

Instructors: Sofia Galarza Liu is the collection manager and
database project co-manager at the Spencer Museum of Art of the
University of Kansas. Ms. Liu is also an implementation consultant
and educator for Zetcom Information Systems, Inc.; she provides
database administrator and user training for United States
MuseumPlus clients. Ms. Liu's accomplishments include completing a
two-year IMLS grant funded project to digitize the Spencer Museum of
Art's collections and attending Museum Leaders: the Next Generation
training at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles,
California. She has a B.F.A in the History of Art and a Master's
degree in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas.

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 MUSEOLOGICA

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:9
                  Distributed: Sunday, August 18, 2013
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Received on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013

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