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Museum Study is pleased that Saul Sopoci Drake is joining our distinguished faculty

Saul Sopoci Drake is an exhibitions developer/project director with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). His professional experience has focused on developing and promoting new and unique ways to tell stories through exhibitions. Over the course of his work, Sopoci Drake has become attuned to how exhibition developers need to reach out to people and communities in innovative ways. He will be leading the course Creating Exhibitions Through the Collective: Insight into Community Co-Curation beginning October 2, 2017.

Museum Study is pleased that Kim DuBoise is joining our distinguished faculty

Kim Du Boise is the Senior Conservator & Consultant in her private practice firm, PhotoArts Imaging Professionals, LLC, specializing in the conservation and treatment of photographic materials, film and audio-visual media. Her specialties are the care & preservation of materials and processes developed during the mid-19th C. to mid-20th C., including those on paper, metal, glass and film-based supports. She provides assessments, consultations, and treatment for museums, archives, libraries, corporate and individual collections across the U.S.

Kim has presented lectures and workshops on the identification and care of photographic and audio-visual materials for large & small museums, archives/registrars, and genealogy groups.

She will be leading 4 courses on the Care, Identification, and Storage of Photographic, Audio-Visual Media & Movie Films beginning with ID & Care of Photographs on Paper beginning July 10.

Museum Study is pleased that Anne M. Young is joining our distinguished faculty

Anne M. Young heads the rights and reproductions department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where she is responsible for processing all external requests for the use of IMA-created visual content, obtaining permissions for IMA uses of images and administering the museum's onsite photography policy. She also initiates and manages all licensing agreements with artists and/or rights holders for works in the IMA's collection.

She is the current chair of the Rights and Reproductions Professional Practices committee of the American Alliance of Museums and the editor of the 2015 publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions.

Anne will be leading the 4 week online course Rights & Reproductions: Guidelines and Best Practices beginning July 3.

2017 professional development course schedule on MuseumStudy.com

At Museum Study our mission is to help you build a better cultural institution and be a stronger member of the team that carries out the mission of your institution. To accomplish this we provide online professional development. We offer courses on a broad range of topics important to running a cultural institution including; Administration, Exhibits & Public Programming, Facilities Management, Collection Management, and Collection Preservation & Care. Our goal is to help you develop policies, procedures and programs to run your institution successfully.

It has been an whirlwind 2016 at Museum Study. We have added 4 new instructors and 12 new courses this year. We also host two courses for the American Association for State and Local History.

There are currently 30 courses on the 2017 schedule and at least 7 more that we expect to be added. New courses in 2017 include; How to Develop a Code of Ethics for Your Museum, Building A Stronger Organization Through Advocacy, Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections, Evaluating Interpretive Exhibits, Interpretive Planning for Historic Homes and Gardens, and Integrated Pest Management: The Plan and Implementation.

If you are trying to build a skill set in a particular area you might consider taking a series of courses. For instance we have 7 courses in Exhibits and Interpretation with more coming. Individually each will help you improve your knowledge in a particular area, together they will help you develop a portfolio of skills.

We are recruiting new instructors and additional courses on exhibits, care of photographs and care of furniture & wood are in development and will be announced as they become available. Like us on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn to keep updated on new developments.

Check out the course schedule and read more about the individual courses.

Museum Study is pleased to announce that Karen Ackerman Witter is joining our distinguished faculty

Karen Ackerman Witter worked in Illinois State government for 35 years in leadership positions in the Office of the Governor, state agencies, and the Illinois State Museum. As natural resources policy advisor to Governor James Thompson and Director of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources, she was deeply involved with governmental affairs and public policy. She helped to develop and pass legislative initiatives related to the environment, reviewed legislation to recommend action by the Governor, and interacted with diverse constituencies on proposed legislation and policy issues.

Karen was the Associate Director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years with responsibilities for external affairs, constituent relations, membership, and development. She has served in leadership roles on the boards of the Illinois Association of Museums and Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), including President of AMM. Leveraging her background in government, she has participated extensively in advocacy initiatives of the American Alliance of Museums. She is a frequent presenter about advocacy at state, regional, and national museum association conferences.

Museum Advocacy Day happens every February and Karen will be leading a new course Building A Stronger Organization Through Advocacy in February 2017.

Discount on Text Books for MuseumStudy.com Courses

We are pleased to announce a discount to Museum Study students on books used in our courses that are published by Rowman & Littlefield.

The discount applies to hardcover, paperback and ebooks. Currently the list of books includes: Is Your Museum Grant Ready, A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics, Environmental Sustainability in Historic Sites and Museums, Things Great and Small, Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections, and Speak Up for Museums: The AAM Guide to Advocacy.

Other books will be added to the list as they are announced as texts for our courses and as new editions are released. 

We would like to thank Rowman & Littlefield for their support of the cultural sector and those of us who work in and with it.

Museum Study is pleased to announce that Sally Yerkovich is joining our distinguished faculty

Sally Yerkovich is an internationally known speaker, museum leader and author of A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics. She is director of the Institute of Museum Ethics at Seton Hall University and adjunct professor in the Museum Professions Program at Seton Hall and in the Museum Anthropology Program at Columbia University. A member of the Ethics Committee for the International Council of Museums (ICOM), she worked with museums in Central and Eastern Europe as President of the Fund for Arts and Culture.

She served as Chair of the American Alliance of Museums Task Force charged with clarifying the ethical principles involved in the use of funds realized from the sale of deaccessioned objects. This national effort resulted in the publication of a major policy paper, "Direct Care of Collections: Ethics, Guidelines and Recommendations," published in April 2016. 

Sally will be leading a new course How to Develop a Code of Ethics for Your Museum in January 2017, another in our series of courses on what the American Alliance of Museums calls the five core documents.

Museum Study is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Waller is joining our distinguished faculty

Robert Waller, PhD, CAPC, FIIC is President and Senior Risk Analyst at Protect Heritage Corp. as well as Research Associate at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen's University Art Conservation Program. His career started with 33 years at the Canadian Museum of Nature in various roles in management of collections and conservation. He holds a PhD in Conservation from Göteborg University Institute of Conservation and Professional Accreditation with the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.

Dr. Waller is internationally known as an expert on Cultural Property Risk Analysis. He has held workshops all over the world and for the first time will be leading online courses on this topic beginning with Assessing Risk to Cultural Property 1 in September and the 2nd in the series Assessing Risk to Cultural Property 2 in October.

Museum Study approved for ICPC Scholarship for Professional Development

Museum Study is pleased to announce that the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) board has approved adding Museum Study to the list of recommended professional development institutions supported by ICPC's reimbursement scholarship program. Eligible applicants must be an individual member of the ICPC, or from an organization that has an institutional membership with ICPC. The scholarship winners must demonstrate that the classes taken will be utilized within the state of Iowa. Visit the ICPC website for more information on this program available to ICPC members.

Social Relevance: Environmental Sustainability in Museums course begins May 2 on MuseumStudy.com

The public discussion of the environment and climate change is an important opportunity for museums to connect more deeply with their communities. It is also an opportunity to protect and strengthen their institutions. Join Instructor Sarah Sutton author of Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and Museums, The Green Nonprofit and Co-author of The Green Museum for Social Relevance: Environmental Sustainability in Museums, which will be a survey of the practical aspects of interpretation and public programming, operational changes, building construction, and community engagement in service to the message of how changes in our museum work can deepen museums’ connections to their communities and increase museums’ charitable value.

AASLH Project Management for History Professionals 4 week online course begins April 11 on MuseumStudy.com

Join us for Project Management for History Professionals from the American Association for State and Local History. Transform your museum or historic site into a high performing organization by training staff in the principles of Project Management, a system used worldwide by many professions and industries.

Museum Study is pleased to announce that Angela Kipp is joining our distinguished faculty.
Angela Kipp is the collections manager of the TECHNOSEUM in Mannheim, Germany and an independent museum consultant with a special focus on science, technology, farming and history collections. Angela is especially interested in finding affordable ways to improve collections care in smaller institutions. One way she does that is through her blog project Registrar Trek, aimed at raising awareness for collections care in general and fostering exchange between collections specialists around the world by publishing their articles, stories and ideas in different languages. Another way is her new book Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections due out in May 2016 in which she gathered her own experiences and those of several colleagues to develop a framework for people confronted with a previously unmanaged, only partly managed or just neglected collection. Angela will be leading a course, which will debut in February of 2017 on the topic of her new book, Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections.

Policies for Managing Collections 4 week online course begins April 4 on MuseumStudy.com

Join instructor John Simmons author of Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies for the course Policies for Managing Collections. In this course we will critically examine the purposes and functions of collections management policies, including how collections are defined, acquired, managed, used, maintained, and deaccessioned.

Introduction to Integrated Pest Management online course begins April 4 on MuseumStudy.com

Join Carnegie Museum of Natural History Conservator Gretchen Anderson for the 4 week course Introduction to Integrated Pest Management. Silverfish will eat your paper materials, moths will eat your woolens and feather objects, mice will gladly nest in anything they can! How can you protect the collection in your care from this very real and very serious threat? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic approach, using low-toxicity strategies to manage the threat. This online course explores the foundation of knowledge needed to solve pest problems in a myriad of situations that might be encountered in cultural institutions.

Materials for Exhibit, Moving and Storage course begins April 4 on MuseumStudy.com

Are you using the best materials with your collections? What exactly does “archival” mean? How do you know you the material you are using is acceptable? In this 4 week course, you will learn what materials are safe for exhibiting, moving, and storing collections.  You will create a customized handbook of good materials and plan for an exhibit, moving, or storage project by identifying vendors and materials.

The Interpretive Exhibit Planners Toolbox course begins Mar 7 on MuseumStudy.com

Guidelines and tools for planning and managing interpretive exhibit projects. Join instructor John Veverka for this 4 week course designed for medium to small museums that may be doing most of their interpretive exhibits "in house". It provides a strategy to help them develop cost effective and "successful" interpretive exhibits (Provoke, Relate, Reveal) based on interpretive objectives and interpretive theme development and illustration.

Collections Care & Management for Archives and Works on Paper course begins Mar 7 on MuseumStudy.com

Best practices, including practical policies and procedures are key to good archives management and care. Join instructor Susan Duhl a Paper Conservator and Archive Management consultant for this 4 week course that will introduce basic professional standards and procedures for archives collections management and recognize the roles of archivists and conservators in the care of archives collections. Collections Care & Management for Archives and Works on Paper is a good follow on to the Basics of Archives course.

AASLH Basic of Archives online course begins February 22 on MuseumStudy.com
Museum Study will again be hosting the popular Basics of Archives course from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.  For more information and to register visit AASLH's website. http://resource.aaslh.org/view/basics-of-archives/

We are pleased to announce our 2016 course schedule at Museum Study
It has been an exciting 2015 at Museum Study. We have added 4 new instructors and 10 new courses this year. We also host two courses for the American Association for State and Local History. All of last year's courses will be back in 2016 along with several new courses including; Emergency Preparedness, Interpretive Writing, Collections Care & Management for Archives and Works on Paper, The Interpretive Exhibit Planners Toolkit, Storage Materials, Social Relevance: Environmental Sustainability in Museums, Disaster Salvage & Recovery, Grants for Museums and Historic Sites, and Preservation Principles for Cultural Institutions. We are recruiting new instructors and additional courses are in development and will be announced as they become available. Like us on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn to keep updated on new developments. Visit the course schedule to see the entire 2016 schedule and read more about the individual courses.

Moving Museum Collections course begins Feb 1 on MuseumStudy.com
Join Instructor Lori Benson, veteran of three large scale museum collection moves, for the 4 week online course Moving Museum Collections. This course provides an overview of how to plan and manage a move to avoid the many pitfalls. The course will help you define the scope of your project, develop a work plan and schedule, prepare a communication scheme, define proposals for vendors, choose equipment, estimate costs, identify hazards, organize staffing and establish packing techniques and standards. Whether you are moving across the hall or across town, Moving Museum Collections will provide a guide for a successful move.

Museum Study is pleased to announce that Susan Duhl is joining our distinguished faculty
Susan Duhl is an Art Conservator and Collections Management Consultant, providing assessments, consultations, and conservation treatment for institutions and private individuals throughout the United States and internationally. Susan regularly presents lectures, workshops, and on-line courses on management, care and preservation of art on paper and archival collections. 
Susan will be leading the course Collections Care & Management for Archives and Works on Paper in March of 2016 that is a good follow on to the Basics of Archives course.  She will also lead a Disaster Salvage & Recovery course in August that is a good follow on to our Emergency Preparedness course.

Interpretive Writing online course begins Jan 4 on MuseumStudy.com
Join Professor John Veverka for the course Interpretive Writing. This 4 week online course is a basic interpretive writing course designed to be a follow-up course for our Introduction to Heritage Interpretation course, and future interpretation courses.  It will give participants an understanding of and skill in development of actual "interpretive" writing based on Tilden's Interpretive Principles.

Emergency Preparedness 4 week online course begins January 4 on MuseumStudy.com
A Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan is one of the 5 core documents listed by the American Alliance of Museums. The four week course Emergency Preparedness will discuss initiating an emergency planning effort, writing an emergency plan, assembling and training a recovery team, and evaluating and maintaining readiness.

Museum Study is pleased to announce that Sarah Sutton is joining our distinguished faculty.
Sarah Sutton LEED-AP and Green Globes Professional leads Sustainable Museums, a consultancy helping the staff and leadership of cultural and natural resource organizations plan for a more sustainable future. She has been in the museum field for over thirty years as a grant writer, and consulting on sustainability for the last decade. Sarah is the author of Is Your Museum Grant-Ready? Assessing Your Organization's Potential for Funding, Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and Museums, and The Green Nonprofit: The First 52 Weeks of Your Green Journey. She is co-author of both editions of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Sustainability. Sarah will be leading the course Social Relevance: Environmental Sustainability in Museums in May of 2016 and the course Grants for Museums and Historic Sites in September 2016. Go to the course schedule to see what other courses are coming in 2016.

Does your institution have all 5 core documents up to date?

The American Alliance of Museums has designated 5 documents "as core because they are fundamental for basic professional museum operations and embody core museum values and practices." The five documents are Mission Statement, Institutional Code of Ethics, Strategic Institutional Plan, Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan and Collections Management Policy. At Museum Study we plan to offer courses on all of these topics. Our Policies for Managing Collections course is running right now, our Ethics, Laws and Collections Management course will run in November and our Emergency Preparedness course will run in January of 2016. For more information on these and other courses visit our Course List.

Introduction to Heritage Interpretation begins November 2 on MuseumStudy.com

Join instructor John Veverka for the course Introduction to Heritage Interpretation. The 4 week online course is an entry level interpretation course, we will review the current state-of-the-art in interpretive philosophy, techniques and services, based on "outcome based" interpretation.  

AASLH Basic of Archives online course begins October 26 on MuseumStudy.com

Museum Study will again be hosting the popular Basics of Archives course from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. 

Ethics, Laws and Collections Management 4 week online course begins November 2 on MuseumStudy.com

Join instructor John Simmons for the course Ethics, Laws and Collection Management. The 4 week online course provides an accessible introduction to the ethical principles and legal aspects of managing museum collections by presenting the scope and significance of museum ethics and an introduction to national and international laws and regulations affecting museums. For more information visit the course page.

Keeping Historic Houses & Museums Clean 4 week online course begins November 2 on MuseumStudy.com

An unkempt museum or historic house is not appealing to the visitor nor is it healthy for the staff and collection. In this 4 week online course instructor Gretchen Anderson will lay a foundation as to how to clean objects and facilities safely. For more information visit the course page.

Not able to come to Louisville? Join the AASLH Annual Meeting Online

If you are unable to attend the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting in Louisville you can still participate in the sessions online. Six live sessions scheduled from September 17-18 will be online.

In addition to the six live sessions, online conference registrants can listen to sixteen recorded sessions from the onsite annual meeting. See more at: http://2015.aaslhconference.org/

In addition to the six live sessions, online conference registrants can listen to sixteen recorded sessions from the onsite annual meeting. See more at: http://2015.aaslhconference.org/

Museum Study is a proud sponsor of the AASLH online conference.

The Power of Possibility - The 2015 AASLH Annual Meeting

Join us September 16-19, 2015 at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. We are looking forward to this year's annual meeting and the opportunity to meet with you all face to face. Look for us Wednesday evening at Locust Grove for the kickoff event, Thursday and Friday in sessions and Thursday night at the Block Party on Museum Row. Stop by the AASLH booth in the Exhibit Hall during the Annual Meeting Attendees Luncheon Friday where we will be answering questions about the upcoming AASLH online course Project Management for History Professionals.

We are pleased to announce that Museum Study will be hosting the American Association for State and Local History's popular online course, Project Management for History Professionals will be offered October 19 through November 13th. Transform your museum or historic site into a high performing organization by training staff in the principles of Project Management, a system used worldwide by many professions and industries.

NEW course Introduction to Natural History Collections begins October 5.

Join Instructor Lori Benson for the 4 week online course Introduction to Natural History Collections. This course is for staff and institutions that primarily work with other types of collections; such as history, ethnography and art. We will focus on the issues encountered by collections staff including the importance of natural science and objects composed with biological and geological materials, documentation needs, identification, legal concerns and regulatory compliance issues, storage concerns, hazards, appropriate handling, pest management and issues related to loans and use.

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Policies for Managing Collections 4 week online course begins October 5 on MuseumStudy.com

Join instructor John Simmons author of Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies for the course Policies for Managing Collections. In this course we will critically examine the purposes and functions of collections management policies, including how collections are defined, acquired, managed, used, maintained, and deaccessioned. For more information visit the course page Policies for Managing Collections.

New Instructor: Rebecca Fifield
Museum Study is pleased to announce that Rebecca Fifield is joining our distinguished faculty. Rebecca Fifield is a collections management consultant focusing on emergency preparedness and preventive conservation. She has over twenty years of experience working with art and history collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she provided leadership for the collections emergency program for seven years. Becky is Chair of AIC’s Collection Care Network, sits on the Advisory Council of the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists and is a past chair of Alliance for Response NYC (2011-2013) and a member of NYC's Heritage Response Team. She is author of “Emergency Management” in Collection Storage: Preventive Conservation Approaches, to be published in 2016 by AIC, SPNHC, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Becky has lectured on emergency preparedness topics for the NY Archives Conference, Association for Preservation Technologies International, NYC Office of Emergency Management, and NYC Citizen Corps. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University. Becky will be leading a course on Emergency Preparedness in January 2016.

New Instructor: John Veverka
Museum Study is pleased to announce that John Veverka is joining our distinguished faculty. For the last 34 years John Veverka has been a consultant in interpretive planning, training and heritage tourism. His work has taken him all over the world, working on projects in Korea, Canada, Spain, Mexico, England, Scotland, Wales, Greece, Malta and throughout the United States. He lectures widely on Heritage Interpretation and Interpretation Planning, and serves as a consultant to many different agencies and organizations world-wide. John will be leading several courses on MuseumStudy.com in Interpretation beginning with Introduction to Heritage Interpretation in November 2015, Interpretive Writing in January 2016 and The Interpretive Exhibit Planners Toolbox

What makes a good storage mount?

We just wrapped up our Moving Collections course now it is time to talk about how to properly prepare those collections for both storage and moving.  Our 4 week online Storage Techniques course which begins Monday April 6 goes in depth into what makes a good storage mount. You will actually build mounts and plan a storage improvement project.

Join Instructor Rebecca Newberry for the course Storage Techniques beginning April 6, 2015.
A 2011 International Storage Survey conducted by International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property ICCROM and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO reported that Museums are at Risk.  Two thirds of museums have a lack of space.  Half of the museums have a lack of storage units and overcrowded storage units. In our 4 week online Storage Techniques course we will help you plan a storage improvement project and learn to build quality storage mounts.

2015 online course schedule released
There are 7 courses scheduled so far on topics including Moving Collections, Storage Techniques, Introduction to Integrated Pest Management, Natural History Collections, Policies for Managing Collections, Keeping Historic Houses & Museums Clean and Ethics, Laws & Collections Management.
More courses are in development and will be announced as they become available.

Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts
Join us at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Annual Meeting on September 17-20, 2014 in St. Paul, MN

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