Administered through Museum Classes Online, part of the Northern States Conservation Center. For more information, or to sign up, check the Museum Classes Online website at museumclasses.org.
The Basics of Museum Registration
This course will cover the basics of museum record keeping. The role of the mission statement as the foundation for the museum will be discussed along with the importance of establishing set policies and procedures. The terms ‘registration’ and ‘accession’ will be defined and the process discussed. Three common types of numbering systems will be reviewed and the answer to the question "Why do museums put those little bitty numbers on all their artifacts?" will be revealed. The Museum Registration Manual, its importance for the museum and what it should contain will be reviewed.
Participants will be asked to create a mission statement, collection policy and acquisition policy for a ‘new’ museum; comment on one of the selected readings about museum missions; complete an accessioning exercise; and for the final class project create a sample registration manual for our ‘new’ museum.
The Mission Statement: Is It Really That Important?
This is a Short Course designed to concentrate on a single topic--in this case the Museum Mission Statement. Participants will create a mission statement for a 'new' museum, review numerous mission statements from existing museums, and discuss issues relating to the most important document in a museum--the mission statement.
Collections Management: Cataloging Your Collection
This workshop will cover the basics of collections cataloging. Cataloging procedures will be discussed in detail. Sample forms to support these procedures will be available. Best practices for numbering artifacts will be presented, as well as how to perform inventories and condition reports. Procedures for handling, measuring, and describing of all types of objects and materials will be discussed. Students will be asked to describe an everyday object and practice cataloging several items from their own collections or households.
Collection inventories are an important part of collections management and collection security. This class will discuss everything you ever wanted to know about collection inventories....how to set up for a collection inventory, how to conduct a collection inventory, what to look for during the inventory, how to reconcile the information gathered during a collection inventory and how often inventories should be done.
This course will examine the role of ethics in museums and related institutions. Topics addressed will include the differences in ethics, laws, and morals; what ethics are and where they come from; the ethical codes that museum professionals follow; how ethics affect professional practices; why ethics are important; and how ethical standards can help museums and related institutions better serve society. Participants in the course will gain an understanding of the importance of ethics in professional museum practice, how codes of ethics are written and why they are important, and will develop an understanding of the most significant codes of ethics subscribed to by museum professionals.
The Basics of Museum Registration January 4 to 29, 2016
Collections Management: Cataloging Your Collections July 1 to 29, 2016
7 to December 5, 2016
Collection Inventories November 7 to December 5, 2016
The Mission Statement: Is It Really That Important? November 7 to 11, 2016