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Online course on museum storage

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
MS 202: Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture
Instructor: Lori Benson
Sep 3-Sep 27, 2013
Location: online at <URL:>

Description: The building and storage furniture are your first line
of protection for the most valuable asset in your museum--the
collection. Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture concentrates on
building systems and furniture for storing and protecting
collections. Topics include environmental controls, insulation,
floor coatings and predicting space requirements. Museum Storage
also compares commercial and homemade furniture and provides a
blueprint for planning the redesign of your facility. Storage
philosophy, construction requirements, safety and security and
planning are covered. A unit details how commercial museum-quality
cabinetry is constructed. Blueprints are provided for high-quality,
homemade cabinets.

Logistics: Participants in Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture
work at individual paces through five sections. Instructor Helen
Alten is available at scheduled times during the course for email
support. Resources include forums and scheduled online chats,
PowerPoint lectures, reading materials and lecture notes and links
to relevant web sites.

Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture runs four weeks. To learn
more about the course, please go to
If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

The Instructor:

    Lori Benson is an independent museum professional based in
    Maine. Ms. Benson has a B.A. in biology and a Masters of Library
    and Informational Science specializing in rare books and
    archives. She started working at the Minnesota Historical
    Society in 1990, finishing a grant funded position as the
    Preservation Outreach Representative. After a series of project
    positions at the Historical Society, including Assistant Moving
    Coordinator, she was hired by the Science Museum of Minnesota as
    their first Collections Manager in 1994. She was Project
    Director in the Research and Collections Division for the new
    facility planning and move. The project was published as Moving
    the Mountain, the Science Museum of Minnesota Guide to Moving
    Collections. In addition to her position at the Science Museum,
    Ms. Benson was adjunct faculty at Dominican University/College
    of St. Catherine Department of Library Science teaching
    Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials and Archives
    Administration in 2000-2001. In 2003, she was hired by Texas
    Natural Science Center, University of Texas at Austin (formerly
    Texas Memorial Museum) to de-accession their entire cultural
    collection. She continues to be a University of Texas Affiliate.
    She has taught museum studies to undergraduates and given many
    talks and lectures on preservation, deaccessioning, project
    planning and moving. She is a member of the Society for the
    Preservation of Natural History Collections and the Registrars'
    Committee of the American Association of Museums. In her second
    life, she teaches handweaving.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013

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