Online Museum Classes
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.
2. Basic Concepts
3. Associating Numbers and Objects
4. Applying Numbers to Objects: Barrier Coats and Direct Surface Marking
5. Tools of Numbering
6. Recommended Numbering Procedures for Specific Objects
Participants in Applying Numbers to Collection Objects work through seven sections at their own pace. Instructor Helen Alten will be available at scheduled times for email support. Participants work individually and interact through forums and online chats. Materials include PowerPoint lectures, readings, lecture notes and a collections labeling kit with sample materials. Additional resources include projects, quizzes and links to relevant web sites.
Applying Numbers to Collection Objects 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Comments for MS208: Applying Numbers to Collection Objects:
All in all, I learned more than I thought I would. I and my colleagues are eager to have the handouts in a binder for immediate and future reference.
I loved the practical assignments. I loved the feedback from Helen. And I loved the live chat sessions.
The organization of the course was excellent - readings were well-constructed and well-placed within the greater course context … I was pleased that we had homework where we were expected to apply some of the concepts we'd read about.
I liked the ability to receive instruction without having to leave my office or go out of town.
I was able to learn so much about numbering museum items that I did not know. I had tried to do research on the Internet and had found some things, but nothing like what we covered through the course.
Helen Alten, is the Director of Northern States Conservation Center and its chief Objects Conservator. For nearly 30 years she has been involved in objects conservation, starting as a pre-program intern at the Oriental Institute in Chicago and the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a degree in Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London in England. She has built and run conservation laboratories in Bulgaria, Montana, Greece, Alaska and Minnesota. She has a broad understanding of three-dimensional materials and their deterioration, wrote and edited the quarterly Collections Caretaker, maintains the popular www.collectioncare.org web site, lectures throughout the United States on collection care topics, was instrumental in developing a state-wide protocol for disaster response in small Minnesota museums, has written, received and reviewed grants for NEH and IMLS, worked with local foundations funding one of her pilot programs, and is always in search of the perfect museum mannequin. She has published chapters on conservation and deterioration of archeological glass with the Materials Research Society and the York Archaeological Trust, four chapters on different mannequin construction techniques in Museum Mannequins: A Guide for Creating the Perfect Fit (2002), preservation planning, policies, forms and procedures needed for a small museum in The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' Collection Initiative Manual, and is co-editor of the penultimate book on numbering museum collections (still in process) by the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma. Helen Alten has been a Field Education Director, Conservator, and staff trainer. She began working with people from small, rural, and tribal museums while as the state conservator for Montana and Alaska. Helen currently conducts conservation treatments and operates a conservation center in Charleston, WV and St. Paul, MN.