Online Museum Classes
Sound business practices are critical for a museum to fulfill its mission. Sounds like vegetables, right? Museum Management is complex. A museum exists to preserve collections and educate, but it is also an institution that must employ sound business practices while being accountable to the public as a non-profit organization. Instructor Sue Near teaches participants how to administer a successful museum efficiently and effectively. Participants will engage in discussions about the changing cultural climate and its effect on museum operations.
2. Legal and Planning Documents
3. Staff Responsibilities, Organization, & Personnel Management
4. Strategic Planning
5. Budget Management and Accountability
6. Collections Management
7. Facilities Management
8. Marketing and Community Relations
9. Development and Membership
10. Public Programs and Evaluation
11. Overview Future Trends
Museum Administration: An Introduction By Hugh H. Genoways (University of Nebraska State Museum) and Lynne M. Ireland
(Nebraska State Historical Society), Series: American Association for State and Local History, AltaMira Press, 2003
Participants in Museum Management work through sections the above sections on their own. Instructor Susan Near is available for scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online literature and references, slide lectures and dialog between students and online chats led by the instructor. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Museum Management runs six weeks. To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at email@example.com
Student Comments for MS109: Museum Management:
The instructor was very helpful and informative. She did a great job.
The diversity of topics within the course were well selected. It covered a broad enough scope to really educate without being too much.
The textbook selection was very good. It is an easy to read text and not too long. With this particular course, I found some of the additional readings more useful than the PowerPoint or lectures.
This is a really good course.
I found it informative and felt my knowledge of the subject increased quite a bit.
It was a great experience. I look forward to taking more courses in the future.
I enjoyed learning through my classmates, being able to ask questions regarding things I deal with at work, and discovering new sources of information.
I enjoyed the course a lot. I felt very satisfied when I completed it, I am looking forward to furthering my education more through online courses.
I liked that Sue provided a wide range of reading and learning material for most of the sections in addition to the required text and any powerpoint or lecture notes. It allowed me to pick and choose the ones that were most useful and meaningful to me.
I enjoyed the class and learned new things and confirmed my knowledge on other things. Sue was a great teacher and kept the ball rolling. Thanks Sue, Eric and Helen.
Susan Near is the Development & Marketing Officer at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Prior positions at the Historical Society include director of museum services (1989-2007), curator of collections (1984-1989), and registrar (1982-1984). She also worked as collections research specialist at the Valley Forge Historical Society in Pennsylvania. She has been curator for more than 20 major exhibitions ranging from western art to decorative arts, and has conducted material culture research covering a broad range of collections. Near co-authored Montana's State Capitol:The People's House, Montana Historical Society Press, 2002. Near has extensive administrative experience especially in grant-writing, heritage tourism, educational outreach, public relations, marketing, planning for new museum construction, and project and event management. She is an accreditation visiting committee member for the American Association of Museums, has conducted peer reviews for the Museums Assessment Program, and has reviewed and served on grants panels for the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Near is a graduate of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware and the Getty's Museum Management Institute.