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From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Sign up for our online courses before January 1, 2015 and receive a
10% discount on any of our online courses.

January 2015 Courses

MS 010: Condition Assessments
New Dates:January 18-23, 2015
Instructor:  Helen Alten
Location: Online at <URL:>

    Description: Whenever an object leaves or enters your museum, it
    should have a dated condition report completed.  A condition
    report is so much more than "good" or "poor." Learn about
    different types of condition reports, what is essential and what
    is optional information in each, the function of a condition
    report, and how to use an online condition assessment tool.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS 103: The Basics of Museums Registration
January 5-30, 2015
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
Location: Online at <URL:>

    Description: Collections management is a critical component of
    running a museum.  Most museums have collections and these
    collections drive the public functions and activities of the
    institution.  Collections management is the physical and
    intellectual management of these items.  In this course we will
    examine how information is collected and recorded for each
    object brought into the collection, a process called
    registration.  We will also examine the policies that govern
    what is brought into the collection, including the most
    important piece of institutional policy--the museum mission
    statement.  These policies are assembled into the collections
    management 'bible'--the registration manual. At the end of this
    course you should have a clear understanding of how and why
    collections are documented in museums and the governing
    principles that drive daily museum activities.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS 107: Introduction to Museum Security
January 5-30, 2015
Instructor:  Stevan Layne
Location: Online at <URL:>

    Description: World events continually remind us just how
    important security is.  The FBI and Interpol databases record
    thefts from small rural museums and world renowned art
    collections.  The prevalence of collections lost to theft is
    brought home to us with regular sensational newspaper stories.
    And then there are the internal thefts, fires, and collection
    vandalism that also result in loss.  Security must be a priority
    for every museum, regardless of size.  Introduction to Security
    teaches basic, practical approaches to protecting against
    threats such as theft, vandalism, violent acts, natural
    disasters, fire and environmental hazards.  Topics include
    selecting security systems, determining security needs and how
    to build affordable security systems.  Screening, hiring,
    firing, workplace violence, policies and procedures and
    emergency management planning are covered as well.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS 213: Museum Artifacts: How they are made and how they deteriorate
January 5 - February 13, 2015
Instructor:  Helen Alten
Location: Online at <URL:>

    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.

    For more information or to sign up:

MS 235: Scripting the Exhibition
January 5-30, 2015
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Location: Online at <URL:>

    Description: So much to say and so little space in which to say
    it. That is the dilemma when scripting an exhibition.  How do
    you say what needs to be said in the space available?  How do
    you even figure out how to limit the information in the first
    place? Discover the value of themes, tangibles, intangibles, and
    universals in writing exhibit text that visitors really want to
    read--and remember.  Additional resources provided on font size
    and colors as well as label layout.

    For more information and to sign up:

MS 242: Museum Microclimates
January 5-30, 2015
Instructor: Jerry Shiner
Location: Online at <URL:>

    Description: A microclimate is the environment immediately
    surrounding an artifact. Microclimates designed for optimum
    storage, display, or treatment conditions can be created and
    maintained in showcases, storage cabinets, rooms, or plastic
    bags.  This course covers the basics of creating and maintaining
    microclimates, including discussions of suitable enclosures and
    appropriate means of controlling humidity, temperature,
    pollution, and oxygen.  Learn what constitutes a microclimate,
    how to use silica gel and other environmental control materials,
    how to reduce internally generated pollutants, and techniques
    for monitoring the microclimate you have created.

    For more information or to sign up:

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Monday, 1 December, 2014

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