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From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014
Here are the courses that will be running on in
February 2014

Courses beginning February 3, 2014

MS208: Applying Numbers to Collection Objects
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson

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.  More information:

MS213: Museum Artifacts
Instructor: Helen Alten

Description: Every museum object is unique, but items made of
similar materials share characteristics.  Museum Artifacts gives
participants an understanding of the materials and processes used to
make objects--knowledge that better prepares them to decide how to
care for their collections.  Participants study two objects that
represent all materials found in our museums.  Through an in-depth
analysis of their components, participants explore all possible
objects found in any museum.  More information:

MS227: Care of Paintings
Instructor: Victoria Montana Ryan

Description: Caring for paintings requires some knowledge of the
component structure of paintings and the reaction of those
components to both natural and man-made environments.  This course
looks at the painting structure, the effects of damaging
environments, and proposes simple steps for basic care.  Topics
include the structure of paintings, proper condition reporting with
standard damage vocabulary, and basic care and handling including
environments, storage, and transport.  The course is intended to
help those entrusted with the care of paintings in any environment.
More information:

MS236: Education in Museums
Instructor: Karin Hostetter

Description: The world of museum education is as varied as the
imagination.  From school field trips to online blogs, from
2-year-olds to senior citizens, and from formal programs to
volunteering, it is all part of the educational delivery system of a
museum.  In Education in Museums, survey the education programs
offered at your site.  Determine what exhibits and collections need
better representation through education.  Develop a long term plan
of education program development for your site that you can use to
improve services to your community.  More information:

MS238: Design and Construction of Exhibit Mounts
Instructor: Tom Bennett

Description: Sprucing up your exhibits with safe, effective,
inexpensive mounts can be easier and more fun than you thought.
With a few tools, good technique and a bit of practice, you will be
well on the way to presenting your objects in their most interesting
light, with an eye on long-term safety and security.  Design and
Construction of Exhibit Mounts presents the basics of mountmaking
for the small to medium-sized museum including tools, techniques and
materials.  Be prepared to construct mounts during the course.
Students will be sent a list of materials and tools to acquire
before the course commences.  Come along and exercise your creative
side while doing the collection a world of good.  More information:

MS266: Legal Issues in Collection Management
Instructor: John Simmons

Description: In this course we will examine the most significant
laws and regulations that affect collections management, including
the legal organization of museums, responsibilities of governing
boards, collections care, loans and gifts, international
regulations, intellectual property, cultural appropriation, and
freedom of expression.  More information:

Short Courses beginning February 10, 2014

MS002: Collection Protection:  Are you Prepared?
Instructor: Terri Schindel

Description: Disaster planning is overwhelming.  Where do you start?
Talk to Terri about how to get going.  Use her checklist to
determine your level of preparedness.  What do you already have in
place? Are you somewhat prepared? What can you do next? Help clarify
your current state of readiness and develop future steps to improve
it.  More information:

MS008: Buy In: Getting All of Staff to Support Preservation
Instructor: Helen Alten

Description: To get anything done in your museum, you often need to
get other staff to support the idea.  All too often, preservation is
left to one or two staff members and others believe it doesn't apply
to them.  For example, it is hard to successfully implement a pest
management plan without full staff support.  Everyone must buy into
the notion of preservation.  But how? Readings will introduce some
ideas and participants in this course will brainstorm with Helen
about what works, what might work--and what doesn't.  More

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:29
                Distributed: Saturday, January 11, 2014
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Received on Thursday, 9 January, 2014

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