Online Museum Classes
A collection database is a necessary tool for accurate and efficient collections management. In Collection Management Databases you will learn what characteristics distinguish one database system from another; how a database can be used to manage inventory, conservation, pest management, and other aspects of collections management; as well as how to prepare your collection and documentation for entry into a database.
2. Database structures and how they work
3. Essential and supplementary fields
4. Nomenclature, standards, and consistency
5. How to evaluate database systems
6. Use of the database beyond registration and cataloging
8. Database security
Participants in Collection Management Databases work through sections on their own. Instructors are available for scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and online chats led by the instructor. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Collection Management Databases 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
Sofia Galarza Liu is the collection manager and database
project co-manager at the Spencer Museum of Art of the
University of Kansas. Ms. Liu is also an implementation
consultant and educator for Zetcom Information Systems,
Inc.; she provides database administrator and user training
for United States MuseumPlus clients. Ms. Liu's
accomplishments include completing a two-year IMLS grant
funded project to digitize the Spencer Museum of Art's
collections and attending Museum Leaders: the Next
Generation training at the Getty Leadership Institute in
Los Angeles, California. She has a B.F.A in the History of
Art and a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the
University of Kansas.
John E. Simmons runs Museologica, an independent consulting company, and serves as Adjunct Curator of Collections at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery at Pennsylvania State University. He has a B.S. in Systematics and Ecology and a Master's degree in Historical Administration and Museum Studies. Simmons began his professional career as a zoo keeper, then worked as collections manager at the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas, where he also served as Director of the Museum Studies Program until 2007. He received 2011 Carolyn L. Rose Award for outstanding commitment to Natural History Collections Care and Management from the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, the Superior Voluntary Service Award from the American Association of Museums and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Graduate Students from the University of Kansas. Simmons' publications include three books, Herpetological Collecting and Collections Management (2002), Cuidado, Manejo y Conservación de las Colecciones Biológicas (2005, with Yaneth Muñoz-Saba), and Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies (2006). He consults, teaches, and does field work in the US, Latin America and Asia. For more information visit his web site MUSEOLOGICA