Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.
Online Museum Classes
Most museum collections drive the public functions and activities of the cultural institution. Collections management is the physical and intellectual management of these items and plays a critical role in the museum's operation. In this course we will examine how information is collected and recorded for each object brought into the collection - a process called registration. Good paper records are essential before entering information into a database. Learn how database information is recorded and the formats for information retrieved from a database. Discuss how managing an indigenous or tribal collection compares to non-tribal collections. We will also examine the policies that govern what is brought into the collection, including the most important piece of institutional policy -- the museum mission statement. These policies are assembled into the collections management 'bible' -- the registration manual. At the end of this course you should have a clear understanding of how and why collections are documented in museums and the governing principles that drive daily museum activities.
As part of our collaboration with NATHPO and in an effort to serve the unique needs of tribal museums, this course will also include a section to address an underserved area of collections in tribal museums -- Native American military objects. We will look at some of the things to keep in mind when dealing with, collecting, caring for, and displaying objects resulting from veteran's military service in the US Armed Forces. Military items may include uniforms, wartime awards and designations, photographs, weapons, and sensitive items which may require special handling.Course Outline:
2. The Museum Mission Statement and Policies
3. Collections Documentation
4. Collections Databases and Their Uses
5. Registration Manual
Participants in the Collections Management: Registration 101 work at their own pace through five sections and interact through online forums and chats. Instructor Peggy Schaller will be available at scheduled times for email support. The course covers everything you need to know to process a collection. Materials include online readings and lecture notes, slide shows, quizzes and links to relevant web sites.
Sign up for this class with NATHPO at www.nathpo.org
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