Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.
Online Museum Classes
Moving collections is a daunting task. Fragile items need special packing and care to be safely transported. Large, heavy or awkward items like dinosaurs and oversized sculptures require special equipment and support from local authorities. How do you design your project to meet the budget and timing demands of your administration? Are your collections over-packed in acidic boxes and does your move includes improving their storage and care? Collections often take up more room when they are stored properly. How do you determine your needed storage space when the collection is decompressed? Moving Collections provides an overview of how to plan and manage a move to avoid the many pitfalls. The course includes: defining your project, developing a Request for Proposal (RFP), developing a work plan, staffing, and packing protocols. Whether you are moving part of the collection within your building or moving the entire collection to another facility, Moving Collections provides a blueprint for you to follow.Course Outline:
Moving the Mountain: Guide to Moving Collections (Science Museum of Minnesota) 2001
Participants in Moving Collections work at their own pace. Instructor Lori Benson is available at scheduled times during the course for email support. Materials include PowerPoint lectures, reading materials and lecture notes. Supporting resources include message forums, weekly online chats, projects, quizzes and links to relevant web sites. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Moving Collections 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
Lori Benson is an independent museum professional based in Maine. Ms. Benson has a B.A. in biology and a Masters of Library and Informational Science specializing in rare books and archives. She started working at the Minnesota Historical Society in 1990, finishing a grant funded position as the Preservation Outreach Representative. After a series of project positions at the Historical Society, including Assistant Moving Coordinator, she was hired by the Science Museum of Minnesota as their first Collections Manager in 1994. She was Project Director in the Research and Collections Division for the new facility planning and move. The project was published as Moving the Mountain, the Science Museum of Minnesota Guide to Moving Collections. In addition to her position at the Science Museum, Ms. Benson was adjunct faculty at Dominican University/College of St. Catherine Department of Library Science teaching Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials and Archives Administration in 2000-2001. In 2003, she was hired by Texas Natural Science Center, University of Texas at Austin (formerly Texas Memorial Museum) to de-accession their entire cultural collection. She continues to be a University of Texas Affiliate. She has taught museum studies to undergraduates and given many talks and lectures on preservation, deaccessioning, project planning and moving. She is a member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the American Aliance of Museums. In her second life, she is a handweaver.
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