Museum Online Courses in October 2021 starting October 4
MS 001: The Problem with Plastics, 11-15/10/2021
Instructor: Diana Komejan
Description: As we march boldly toward the 22nd century, artifact collecting includes that most fragile of materials - plastic. Not only is it in our collections, but it is used to house our collections, too. What problems have you seen? What problems have others seen? What materials are best? What can we, as caretakers, do to minimize long-term damage? Join Diana in this mini-course for discussing care and deterioration of plastics. Bring any questions you have about plastics in your museum.
For more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/problem-plastics-line-short-course
MS 106: Exhibit Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation, 04/10-12/11/2021
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Description: Nearly every museum develops exhibits, but how can we improve communication with visitors while taking care of our objects? Exhibit Fundamentals explores exhibits from idea to final installation in a variety of settings. Topics include exhibit theory, the role of the museum's mission, creating a timeline, accessibility and script writing. Also covered are design elements, installation techniques, object safety and security, visitor safety and evaluations. Each student develops an exhibit plan for his or her museum.
For more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/exhibit-fundamentals-ideas-installation-l...
MS204: Materials for Storage and Display, 04-29/10/2021
Instructor: Laura Elliff Cruz
Description: One of the great benefits of the 21st century is the abundance of materials for storing and displaying collections. Materials for Storage and Display covers this vast array in detail. Lectures and handouts separate materials by properties: rigid, padding, barrier and attachments. Slide shows illustrate the use of each. The course emphasizes acid-free materials and how to retrofit less appropriate materials. Materials for Storage and Display keeps current with the latest materials available for preservation. Using material testing as a decision making tool is covered.
For more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/materials-storage-and-display-line-course
MS 234: Archives Management, 04-29/10/2021
Instructor: Jennifer Edwards
Description: Archives include flat paper, photographs, bound pamphlets, books, small 3-dimensional objects, and magnetic media. The Archives Management course covers an introduction to the materials found in archives and typical use of these materials including use patterns, retrieval needs, finding aids, handling and exhibition. The last half of the course details optimum storage options for archival materials. Storage includes furniture, storage techniques, standardized and specialized housing such as folders and boxes and custom-made housings.
For more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/archives-management-line-course
MS 238: Design and Construction of Exhibit Mounts, 04/10-12/11/2021
Instructor: Ariel Rolfe
Description: Sprucing up your exhibits with safe, effective, inexpensive mounts can be easier and more fun than you thought. With a few tools, good technique and a bit of practice, you will be well on the way to presenting your objects in their most interesting light, with an eye on long-term safety and security. Design and Construction of Exhibit Mounts presents the basics of mountmaking for the small to medium-sized museum including tools, techniques and materials. Be prepared to construct mounts during the course. Students will be sent a list of materials and tools to acquire before the course commences. Come along and exercise your creative side while doing the collection a world of good.
For more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/design-and-construction-exhibit-mounts-li...
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