MS 007: The Mission Statement: Is it really that important?
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
Description: The heart of every museum is its collection. A mission statement is critical to preserving that collection. Participants in The Mission Statement will discuss their mission statements and whether they really make a difference. Peggy has seen and heard it all as a consultant to small and large museums. She will help you figure out ways to make your mission statement work for you.
more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/mission-statement-it-really-important-lin...
MS 014: Education Collections
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Description: What do you do with collection objects that no longer belong in the scientific collection but are too good to throw out? What do you do with the donations that just don't quite 'fit?' Use them in education collections. Their value as educational objects for the public is immeasurable.
more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/education-collections-line-short-course
MS 211: Preservation Environments
Instructor: Ernest Conrad
Description: The museum's brick exterior wall is crumbling. The powder coated metal storage shelves have active rust under the foam padding. Objects in fur storage are covered in mold. It is raining in the exhibit hall. This is the damage that occurs to museum buildings or collection when staff do not understand preservation environments. Preservation Environments is essential knowledge for any collecting institution. Everyone should understand how humidity and temperature are controlled by a building and its mechanical system. For museum staff considering a new building - and any institution planning to expand or rebuild an existing one - Preservation Environments provide important information for calculating whether the proposed improvements will actually improve the environmental control of your protective enclosure. Participants learn the advantages and disadvantages of numerous methods of temperature and humidity control. Preservation Environments does not try to turn museum professionals into engineers. Rather, it arms them with the knowledge they need to work with engineers and maintenance professionals. And helps explain why damaged occurred and how to keep it from happening again.
more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/preservation-environments-line-course
MS 212: Care of Textiles
Instructor: Ann Coppinger
Description: Caring for textiles demands an understanding of how and why they deteriorate. This course offers a simplified explanation of the origin and structure of textile fibers as well as the finished textile object; be it either a piece of whole cloth or a finished garment. Care of Textiles teaches students to identify fibers, fabric structures and finishes, write condition reports, and understand the agents of deterioration that are harmful to various fabrics both in storage on exhibit. Topics include preparing textiles for storage and exhibit, the use of archival materials with textiles, and three dimensional supports.
more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/care-textiles-line-course
MS 218: Collection Inventories
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
Description: Collection inventories are vital to collection management and security. You need to know what is in your collection to be able to manage it well. This means regular inventories must occur. But knowing you must do them and actually having the time and manpower to complete an inventory are two different things. Collection Inventories discusses everything you ever wanted to know about collection inventories. From how to set one up to how to conduct an inventory. Other topics include what to look for during an inventory and how to reconcile the information.
more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/collection-inventories-line-course
MS 237: Formative Evaluations for Exhibits and Public Programs
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Description: Have you done some evaluation but did not get helpful information? Do you wish you could do evaluations, but think it is too hard or too expensive? Do you wonder how to get people to use an offered program more? Evaluations are feasible and easy. This course will help you determine what you really want to know, choose the right process to gather the information, develop meaningful questions, and figure out what the results tell you. Please have a program or text in mind (real or imagined) to work with during the course. Note: this course will not be looking at statistical analysis.
more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/formative-evaluations-exhibits-and-public...
MS273: Advanced Interpretive Techniques -Interpreting the "rest of the story"
Instructor: John Veverka
Description: Interpreting "the rest of the story", a powerful Interpretive communications technique for revealing and releasing the "rest of the stories" hidden in artifacts, objects, historical figures/events, landscapes, or sites through both live presentations and interpretive media text and label copy. This course will help you utilize and blend the Paul Harvey Rest of the Story format with Tilden's Interpretive Principles. An interpretive technique marriage that can be embraced and used throughout your interpretive career.
Course Goals: Upon completion of this course participants will:
- Have a working knowledge of Tilden's Interpretive Principles and the Paul Harvey presentation style and format.
- Have a working knowledge of the Model of Interpretation.
more information: https://www.collectioncare.org/advanced-interpretive-techniques-interpre...
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