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From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
November 2014 Courses

MS212: Care of Textiles
November 3-28 2014
Instructor: Ann Coppinger
Location: Online at

    Description: Caring for textiles demands an understanding of how
    and why they deteriorate.  This course offers a simplified
    explanation of the origin and structure of textile fibers as
    well as the finished textile object; be it either a piece of
    whole cloth or a finished garment.  Care of Textiles teaches
    students to identify fibers, fabric structures and finishes,
    write condition reports, and understand the agents of
    deterioration that are harmful to various fabrics both in
    storage on exhibit.  Topics include preparing textiles for
    storage and exhibit, the use of archival materials with
    textiles, and three dimensional supports.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS218: Collection Inventories
November 3-28 2014
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
Location: Online at

    Description: Collection inventories are vital to collection
    management and security.  You need to know what is in your
    collection to be able to manage it well.  This means regular
    inventories must occur.  But knowing you must do them and
    actually having the time and manpower to complete an inventory
    are two different things.  Collection Inventories discusses
    everything you ever wanted to know about collection inventories.
    From how to set one up to how to conduct an inventory.  Other
    topics include what to look for during an inventory and how to
    reconcile the information.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS253: Disaster Preparation and Recovery
November 3-28 2014
Instructor: Helen Alten
Location: Online at

    Description: Safeguarding collections and protecting staff and
    visitors is one of hte most important functions of a cultural
    institution.  Course introduces students to disaster
    preparedness, response and recovery of cultural collections for
    all types of potential hazards.  The components of incident
    preparedness and response are explained with examples from the
    instructor's experience in recovery of cultural collections,
    including small to large situations with fire, flood, high
    winds, and earthquake. After an institutional plan is written,
    the next step is to train staff in prevention, proper staff
    actions during an event, and post-event recovery.  This course
    complements Disaster Plan Research and Writing, taught by Terri

    For more information or to sign up:

MS267: Museum Ethics
November 3-28 2014
Instructor: John E. Simmons
Location: Online at

    Description: This course will examine the role of ethics in
    museums and related institutions.  Topics addressed will include
    the differences in ethics, laws, and morals; what ethics are and
    where they come from; the ethical codes that museum
    professionals follow; how ethics affect professional practices;
    why ethics are important; and how ethical standards can help
    museums and related institutions better serve society.
    Participants in the course will gain an understanding of the
    importance of ethics in professional museum practice, how codes
    of ethics are written and why they are important, and will
    develop an understanding of the most significant codes of ethics
    subscribed to by museum professionals.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS244: Traveling Exhibitions
November 3-28 2014
Instructor:  Lin Nelson-Mayson
Location: Online at

    Description: Sharing an exciting exhibition with other museums
    expands your museum's reach and impact.  When and how do you
    plan for this undertaking?  How do you manage the exhibition
    once it has left your facility?  How do you ensure a successful
    exhibition at each venue?  Your questions--the more the
    better--facilitate successful exhibition development and
    touring.  Traveling exhibits, though, are a two-way street.
    Sometimes you are the lender, sometimes you are the borrower.
    How do you find and manage interesting exhibits created by other
    institutions in order to expand your museum's offerings?  In
    this online course, learn how to find interesting exhibits
    developed by other museums and plan for your exhibition from
    idea to on the road, and beyond.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS211: Preservation Environments
November 3 - December 5, 2014
Instructor: Ernest Conrad
Location: Online at

    Description: The museum's brick exterior wall is crumbling.  The
    powder coated metal storage shelves have active rust under the
    foam padding.  Objects in fur storage are covered in mold.  It
    is raining in the exhibit hall.  This is the damage that occurs
    to museum buildings or collection when staff do not understand
    preservation environments.  Preservation Environments is
    essential knowledge for any collecting institution.  Everyone
    should understand how humidity and temperature are controlled by
    a building and its mechanical system.  For museum staff
    considering a new building--and any institution planning to
    expand or rebuild an existing one--Preservation Environments
    provide important information for calculating whether the
    proposed improvements will actually improve the environmental
    control of your protective enclosure.  Participants learn the
    advantages and disadvantages of numerous methods of temperature
    and humidity control.  Preservation Environments does not try to
    turn museum professionals into engineers.  Rather, it arms them
    with the knowledge they need to work with engineers and
    maintenance professionals.  And helps explain why damaged
    occurred and how to keep it from happening again.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS259: The Volunteer Handbook
November 3 - December 12, 2014
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Location: Online at

    Description: Volunteers should be considered unpaid staff and,
    like a staff handbook, a strong volunteer organization should
    have a volunteer handbook.  This course goes beyond
    understanding various aspects of a volunteer program to putting
    the volunteer program to paper.  Create an outline and some
    draft text for a handbook providing consistency within the
    volunteers as well a legal support if ever needed.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS008:Buy-In: Getting All of the Staff to Support Preservation
Short Course
Rescheduled:November 3-7, 2014
Instructor: Helen Alten
Location: Online at

    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.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS007: The Mission Statement: Is it really that important?
Short Course
November 10-14, 2014
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
Location: Online at

    Description: The heart of every museum is its collection.  A
    mission statement is critical to preserving that collection.
    Participants in The Mission Statement will discuss their mission
    statements and whether they really make a difference.  Peggy has
    seen and heard it all as a consultant to small and large
    museums.  She will help you figure out ways to make your mission
    statement work for you.

    For more information or to sign up:

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Tuesday, 14 October, 2014

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