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Kent State University Museum Offers a New Series of Collection Management Workshops

Posted Oct, 16, 2009

Kent State University Museum is offering the first in a new series of workshops surrounding museum collections. The two-day workshop titled “Museum Collection Information Management” will be offered Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kent State University Museum’s Murphy Auditorium. It is geared toward current and emerging collections professionals.

The workshop is framed in the context of the museum code of ethics, allowing for the discussion of the physical and intellectual organization of collections. Topics include accessioning and deaccessioning, cataloging, condition reporting, storage methods, loans, insurance, packing/crating/shipping, art handling, climate control and collections management systems. In addition, an onsite tour of the Kent State University Museum’s collections will help facilitate in-depth discussion of preservation techniques and storage options.

“The workshop is beneficial to professionals who work at museums, historical societies, historical houses and special collections,” said Joanne Fenn, collections manager and registrar at Kent State University Museum. “The workshop also provides an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and network.”

Attendees will hear from Fenn and other speakers, including Robin Hanson, textile conservator from the Cleveland Museum of Art; Eric Fischer, senior vice president of Willis Fine Art, Jewelry and Specie; and James Williams, exhibits preparator at Kent State University Museum.

The cost for the non-credit workshop is $185. It is sponsored by the Kent State University Museum with the Office of Continuing and Distance Education. For more information, visit www.ccs.kent.edu/museum.

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Media Contacts:
Joanne Fenn, jfenn1@kent.edu, 330-672-0305
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595