VIRTUAL CLASS Topic 1: Your Collections Management Policy
January 5, 12, and 19, 10 am – 12 pm CST
+ optional review session February 1, 1 pm – 3 pm
Instructor: Lisa Scholten, Museum Consultant
The Collections Management Policy (CMP) is an essential tool for any collecting institution. While each museum’s policy is unique, there are common key components. The CMP incorporates important strategies enabling an institution to act as good stewards of the collection through various preservation activities. This hand-on seminar will look at key policy components including: Scope of Collections, Acquisition, Deaccession, Access, Conservation, Environmental Monitoring, Physical Care, Handling, Exhibition, Insurance, and Record-Keeping. The role of additional policies including Integrated Pest Management, Disaster Response, and Long-Range Conservation Plans will be discussed in relationship to the CMP.
Participants will contribute to exercises during the seminar in addition to independent assignments outside of class that will provide them with the tools to write and implement a policy best for their institution. Participants will have the option to submit a draft policy for feedback and discussion.
Technical requirements: ability to use Zoom and to share documents via Google. During the course, individual plans may be shared with the instructor for feedback purposes, but not between participants unless permission is explicitly given.
This registration includes Topic 1, a total of 4 sessions.