Online Museum Classes
In this course we will examine the most significant laws and regulations that affect collections management, including the legal organization of museums, responsibilities of governing boards, collections care, loans and gifts, international regulations, intellectual property, cultural appropriation, and freedom of expression.
- Introduction to Museum Law and Literature
- What a Museum Is (and is Not)
- The Meaning of "Not-for-profit"
- The Legal Organization of Museums
- Laws, Morals, and Ethics
- Laws Affecting Collections Management
- Laws Affecting Collecting and Collections in the US
- Laws Regulating Natural History Specimens
- International Laws and Regulations Affecting Collecting and Collections
- Appraisals and Donations
- More Laws and Regulations Related to Collection Acquisition
- Gifts?Restricted, Partial, Promised, and Otherwise
- The Cy Pres Doctrine
- Found in Collection," Old Loans, and Unclaimed Loans
- Deaccessioning and Disposal
- Intellectual Property Rights
- When Good Museums Go Bad
Malaro, Marie C. and Ildiko Pogány DeAngelis. 2012, Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections (Third Edition), Smithsonian Books (2012)
Participants in Legal Issues in Collection Management work through sections at their own pace. Instructor John Simmons is available for scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online literature and dialog between students and online chats led by the instructor. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Legal Issues in Collection Management 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
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