Online Museum Classes
Cataloging may not be the most exciting museum task, but it is among the most important. Without a clear knowledge of your holdings, you can't protect, care for, research or exhibit them. Without knowledge of an item's history, you can't properly appreciate its value to your museum. Cataloging Your Collection covers all details needed to catalog a collection. Procedures for handling, measuring and describing all types of objects and materials are discussed in detail. Participants receive sample forms and learn the best practices for numbering artifacts, performing inventory and assessing the condition of objects. Participants practice describing everyday objects and cataloging items from their own collections or households.
1. Introduction: Policy and Mission
2. Cataloging: Why Do We Catalog Our Artifacts?
6. Conservation and Storage
9. Considerations for Specific Objects
Participants in Cataloging Your Collection set their own pace while working through 10 sections. Instructor Peggy Schaller will be available at scheduled times for email support. Participants interact through forums and scheduled online chats. Materials include online readings and lecture notes, as well as handouts, slide lectures, projects and links to relevant web sites. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Cataloging Your Collection runs four 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 MS207 Cataloging Your Collection:
I'd give it a 10 out of 10.
I liked the convenience, I liked the chats, I liked the reading material, I liked that there were people from all over the country enrolled.
The technology made sense … It was scary at first, but really was very simple.
Peggy Schaller, founded Collections Research for Museums in 1991 to provide cataloging, collection-management training and services. She has worked with a large variety of museums and collections for more than 20 years. Peggy, who lives in Denver, Colorado, has a bachelor's degree in anthropology with minors in art history and geology from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has a master's degree in anthropology with a minor in museum studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder and is a Certified Institutional Protection Manager II. She provides workshops and project services to museums and historical societies all across the country. The mission of Collections Research for Museums is to inspire museums to improve their professional standards, collections stewardship and service to their constituency through training in, and assistance with, documenting, preserving, protecting and managing their collections. For more information visit her web site Collections Research for Museums