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Online course on collections management

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013
MS 209: Collection Management Policies
Instructor: John Simmons
Sept 30 - Nov 8, 2013
Location: Online at <URL:>

Description: Acquiring and holding collections impose specific
legal, ethical and professional obligations. Museums must ensure
proper management, preservation and use of their collections. A
well-crafted collections management policy is key to collections
stewardship. Collections Management Policies for Museums and Related
Institutions helps participants develop policies that meet
professional and legal standards for collections management.

Collections Management Policies for Museums and Related Institutions
teaches the practical skills and knowledge needed to write and
implement such a policy. The course covers the essential components
and issues a policy should address. It also highlights the role of
the policy in carrying out a museum's mission and guiding
stewardship decisions. Participants are expected to draft
collections management policies.

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

Collections Policies runs for six 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

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:12
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Received on Thursday, 5 September, 2013

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