Online Course: Collections Management (Fall 2019)
- Registration Closed
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.
DATES: September 9 - November 3, 2019
COST: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers
OPEN REGISTRATION: August 1 – September 5, 2019; 30 person limit
Full Online Course Description:
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.By the end of the course, participants will:
- Develop a detailed draft of a Collections Policy
- Develop of identify a collection of objects
- Develop a standardized set of registration records and forms including inventory, catalog, accession, and loans
- Learn about various registration numbering systems and how to mark objects appropriately
- Discuss issues related to collections strategies, mission, purpose, and scope of collections
- Develop a broader understanding of legal and ethical concerns of managing collections
Who Should Attend:
This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with collections management. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.
Required text: John E. Simmons, Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies, Washington, DC: American Alliance of Museums, 2006 (ISBN 10:1-933253-03-07). This text is NOT INCLUDED with your registration. Please order from the book seller of your choice.
Optional Resource: Daniel B. Reibel. Registration Methods for the Small Museum, Fourth Edition, Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2008 (Paperback ISBN 978-0-7591-1131-8)
Dr. Erin Richardson facilitates museums’ and cultural organizations’ capacity for mission delivery, particularly relating to art and artifact collections. With more than twenty years experience working with museum communities at Historic Cherry Hill, Fenimore Art Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum, she started a consulting firm in 2018 to assist museums in solving pressing long-term collection problems so that they may effectively serve their communities. Richardson holds a BA in American Studies from the SUNY Geneseo, a MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a PhD in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University.
Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.