January 20, 2021
Northern States Conservation Center

Collections Caretaker eNewsletter
Innovative Storage Solutions
Welcome to the Collections Caretaker e-Newsletter from Northern States Conservation Center. the newsletter is designed to bring you content that is pertinent to situations we all encounter in our museum and archives work. Feel free to let us know what topics you would like to see featured in Collections Caretaker or even contribute and article.
In this Issue

Introducing the Transporter System for Painting Storage
Featured Courses
February Courses
March Courses
April Courses
Conferences and Meetings



Introducing the Transporter System for Painting Storage
By Alexis Young
 
As the latest extension of CSI’s innovations for moving painting storage systems, the Transporter will change the way you move your collections and exhibitions. They arrive fully assembled and provide unprecedented, easy, secure maneuverability…across the hall, to another room, to another gallery or to another location.       

Like our other CSI products, the Transporter systems are designed for the day-to-day rigors of museums and galleries. They are constructed of aerospace aluminum for a lighter weight and greater strength and are non-reactive with no off gassing. We are happy to discuss your specific dimensional requirements or limitations to best suit your space and collection.
 
SUPERIOR MANEUVERABILITY: Lockable swivel casters make the Transporter systems maneuverable even in narrow or close confines. When locked, the casters render the system immovable, which accommodates easy pull out/push back of the moving panels. Handles located at all four corners of the system allow ease of movement down corridors and in tight spaces.
 
EXCELLENT SUPPORT: As each individual panel is pulled out, an aerospace-inspired front wheel extends and automatically locks in place to support the panel for its full extension and retraction. The front wheel automatically retracts as the panel is pushed back into the system.
 
HIGH VISIBILITY: Optically transparent Lexan polycarbonate panels on the top, bottom, back and sides ensure that your artwork and objects are always visible, adding a further level of protection and security.
 
EASY ACCESS: Utilize archival marine-quality canvas doors for ready access to artwork and objects. No additional space is required for a door swing.
 
TRANSPORT SECURITY: Each moving panel locks in the stored position to prevent movement when in motion or stationary.
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Alexis Young is Sales & Marketing Manager and Patricia Ellenwood is President of Crystalizations System, Inc. (CSI), the industry- leading designer and manufacturer of art storage systems for the community of museums and galleries and private collections. For some 40 years CSI has focused on providing effective art storage solutions. To learn more about the Transporter and Crystalization Systems, Inc.’s storage solutions visit their website, www.csistorage.com. Be sure to see the video section of the Transporter in motion. 
Featured Course:
Introduction to Museums
The United States has more than 17,000 museums, we can only guess at the world's total. While most people think of a museum as a well-staffed, professionally run institution, the vast majority of museums are started and run by people with little or no basic training in museum studies or preservation. Introduction to Museums is designed to change that. The course introduces basic concepts, terminology and the role of various staff members, including curators, registrars and directors. Introduction to Museums is aimed at staff members, board members, interns, volunteers, as well as anyone interested in becoming a museum professional or learning more about the profession.
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interested in knowing more about how museums work? Want to understand more about areas of museum work that go beyond your specialty? Are you a new board member for a museum and want to understand your role in a professionally run museum? Join Kim Kenney for MS101 Introduction to Museums starting February 1, 2021.
Featured Course:
The Basics of Museum Registration

Collections management is a critical component of running a museum. Most museums have collections and these collections drive the public functions and activities of the institution. Collections management is the physical and intellectual management of these items. In this course we will examine how information is collected and recorded for each object brought into the collection - a process called registration. We will also examine the policies that govern what is brought into the collection, including the most important piece of institutional policy--the museum mission statement. These policies are assembled into the collections management 'bible'--the registration manual. At the end of this course you should have a clear understanding of how and why collections are documented in museums and the governing principles that drive daily museum activities.
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Join Peggy Schaller for MS103 The Basics of Museum Registration and discover the most important documents that are needed in a well run museum.
Early Bird Discounts Available for Full Length Courses
 
An Early Bird Discount is available for anyone who signs up for a full length course from museumclasses.org 30 days prior to the start of that course. 
 
Sign up for a full length course up to 30 days prior to its start and save $100.00!
 
For our course list or to sign up: http://www.collectioncare.org/course-list
 
To take advantage of this discount, you must enter coupon code EARLYBIRD at checkout at collectioncare.org

Earlybird Discount Deadline for March 2021 Courses is January 31, 2021

Earlybird Discount Deadline for April 2021 Courses is March 6, 2021
February Courses
 
February 1 to 26, 2021
Instructor: Kimberly Kenney
Description:
The United States has more than 17,000 museums, we can only guess at the world's total. While most people think of a museum as a well-staffed, professionally run institution, the vast majority of museums are started and run by people with little or no basic training in museum studies or preservation. Introduction to Museums is designed to change that. The course introduces basic concepts, terminology and the role of various staff members, including curators, registrars and directors. Introduction to Museums is aimed at staff members, board members, interns, volunteers, as well as anyone interested in becoming a museum professional or learning more about the profession.
  
February 1 to March 5, 2021
Instructor: Laura Elliff Cruz
Description:
Every museum professional needs a solid foundation in preservation principles and techniques. Introduction to Collections Preservation provides an overview of current preservation issues from environmental monitoring to collection cleaning, exhibit mounts and storage furniture. Participants learn about every aspect of the modern museum and how the building, staff and fixtures affect preservation. Subjects include the agents of deterioration, risk management, object handling and transport, object labeling, exhibit lighting, security, emergency preparedness, materials for storage and display, storage and exhibit philosophies, and condition assessments.
 
March Courses
 
March 1 to April 2, 2021
Instructor: Peggy Schaller
Description:
Collections management is a critical component of running a museum. Most museums have collections and these collections drive the public functions and activities of the institution. Collections management is the physical and intellectual management of these items. In this course we will examine how information is collected and recorded for each object brought into the collection - a process called registration. We will also examine the policies that govern what is brought into the collection, including the most important piece of institutional policy--the museum mission statement. These policies are assembled into the collections management 'bible'--the registration manual. At the end of this course you should have a clear understanding of how and why collections are documented in museums and the governing principles that drive daily museum activities.
 
 
March 1 to 26, 2021
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Description:
Volunteers are essential for most non-profit institutions. But good volunteers aren't born -- they are made. Even though they don't get paychecks, it takes time and money to have effective volunteers. Fundamentals of Museum Volunteer Programs teaches the basics of a strong volunteer program. Topics include recruiting, training and rewarding volunteers, as well as preparing staff. Instruction continues through firing and liabilities. Participants will end up with sound foundational knowledge for starting a new or strengthening an existing volunteer program based on a nine-step process.
 
March 1 to 26, 2021
Instructor: Diana Komejan
Description:
The seasonal closure of a museum presents unique challenges and opportunities for collection preservation. This is an introductory-level conservation course exploring simple collection preservation methods for seasonal museums. The target Audience for the course is curators and other museum personnel, volunteers, site managers, maintenance personnel. No prior conservation training necessary. Participants will learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with caring for collections in seasonal facilities. They will learn about the risks to collections and how to mitigate them through closing and re-opening procedures, as well as throughout the winter season.
 
March 1 to April 9, 2021
Instructor: Tom Bennett
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.
 
 
March 1 to 26, 2021
Instructor: John Veverka
Description:
A visitor-centered course on how to increase your visitor program participation numbers (attendance) in interpretive programs and experiences. John Veverka researched why visitors select and attend interpretive programs for 2 years while working as a seasonal naturalist with Ohio State Parks and completing his MS in interpretation from the Ohio State University. The results of this research was groundbreaking for program planning. Employing research results increased program attendance the following year by over 30%. This course teaches how to do your own research into what motivates your visitors. The results may help you increase your visitor numbers and their satisfaction with the experience you offered.
April Courses

April 12 to 16, 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.

April 19 to 30, 2021  
Instructor: Elizabeth Burton
Description:
Whenever an object leaves or enters your museum, it should have a dated condition report completed. A condition report is so much more than "good" or "poor." Learn about different types of condition reports, what is essential and what is optional information in each, the function of a condition report, and how to use an online condition assessment tool.

April 5 to 30, 2021  
Instructor: Laura Elliff Cruz
Description:
If you are building a new storage facility or retrofitting an old one, this course provides the blueprint for how to approach architects and engineers as well as redesigning your facility yourself. The course covers the philosophy of storage, the construction requirements, security, fire and water prevention, types of furniture, and how to plan for collections growth.

The course will start with a refresher on the agents of deterioration and environmental issues to assure that the students have a common base to begin.
After this introduction, topics include determining storage and defining space, architectural design considerations and issues such as lighting, security and planning. We will discuss general information about storage furniture types and storage materials, how to modify existing cabinets and information on homemade storage systems. The last section includes specific information from a variety of vendors, specifics on writing a Request for Proposal (RFP), and what to consider when making a decision on a furniture type and vendor.

The instructor will add readings and other information depending upon the students and their individual institutional problems and concerns.

April 5 to May 14, 2021
Instructor: Kimberly Kenney
Description:
Acquiring and holding collections impose specific legal, ethical and professional obligations. Museums must ensure proper management, preservation and use of their collections. A well-crafted collections management policy is key to collections stewardship. Collections Management Policies for Museums and Related Institutions helps participants develop policies that meet professional and legal standards for collections management. Collections Management Policies for Museums and Related Institutions teaches the practical skills and knowledge needed to write and implement such a policy. The course covers the essential components and issues a policy should address. It also highlights the role of the policy in carrying out a museum's mission and guiding stewardship decisions. Participants are expected to draft collections management policies.

April 5 to 30, 2021  
Instructor: Sarah Kapellusch
Description:
A collection database is a necessary tool for accurate and efficient collections management. In Collection Management Databases you will learn what characteristics distinguish one database system from another; how a database can be used to manage inventory, conservation, pest management, and other aspects of collections management; as well as how to prepare your collection and documentation for entry into a database.

April 5 to May 7, 2021  
Instructor: Diana Komejan
Description:
Outdoor sculpture, silver tea service, gold jewelry, axe head, wheel rim - metals are found in most museum collections and may be stored or displayed indoor or outdoors depending on the object. Learn how to identify different types of metal and their alloys. Gain an understanding of how and why metals deteriorate and methods for preventing deterioration from occurring or continuing. The pros and cons of different popular treatments will be covered along with recommendations for the least damaging approach to treatment. Care of Metals provides a simplified explanation of the chemistry and structure of metals, explaining the importance of the galvanic series and electrochemistry in care strategies. Starting with an overview of the history and function of metals and how they are made, the course will cover guidelines for handling, labeling, exhibiting and storing metals. An overview of treatments, including cleaning, used on metals and how appropriate they are for the long-term preservation of the metal object will help students make care decisions when consulting with conservators.

April 5 to 30, 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.

April 5 to 30, 2021  
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Description:
So much to say and so little space in which to say it. That is the dilemma when scripting an exhibition. How do you say what needs to be said in the space available? How do you even figure out how to limit the information in the first place? Discover the value of themes, tangibles, intangibles, and universals in writing exhibit text that visitors really want to read -- and remember. Additional resources provided on font size and colors as well as label layout.
Covid-19 Resources

Many organizations have put together information on resources for Museums and Covid-19. Here are a few links to those Resources. Check back with these organizations for updates.


Use the drop-down menu in the upper right to find Webinars, Virtual tours and more



Conferences and Meetings
2021
California Association of Museums, Monterey, CA
March 15-17, 2021
 
Texas Association of Museums, San Antonio, TX
April 10-13, 2021
 
Museums Association New York, Corning, NY
April 10-13, 2021
 
American Alliance of Museums
Virtual Meeting: May 24 and June 7-9, 2021
Chicago, IL: May 9-12, 2021
 
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Jacksonville, FL
May 11-15, 2021
 
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, Virtual
June 7-11, 2021
 
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, Archbold, OH
June 11-14, 2021

Association of Midwest Museums, Milwaukee, WI
July 2021

Society of American Archivists, Anaheim, CA
July 31 - August 7, 2021

Mountain-Plains Museums Association, Sioux Falls, SD
October 5-8, 2021

Oklahoma Museums Association, Shawnee, OK
September 15-17, 2021

American Association of State and Local History, Little Rock, AR
September 22-25, 2021    Virtual and Live
Southeastern Museums Conference, Chattanooga, TN
October 25 - 27, 2021

New England Museum Association, Newport, RI
November 17-19, 2021

National Association for Interpretation, Palm Springs, CA
November 3-December 4, 2021

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Wilmington, DE
October 14-16-2021

2022
American Alliance of Museums, Boston MA
May 19-22, 2022

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, Tacoma, WA
June 23-28, 2022

Society of American Archivists, Boston, MA
August 20-27, 2022

Oklahoma Museums Association, Enid, OK
September 14-16, 2022

National Association for Interpretation, Cleveland, OH
November 29-Decemver 3, 2022

2023
American Alliance of Museums, Denver, CO
May 19-22, 2023

Society of American Archivists, Washington, DC
July 22-29, 2023
Submissions and Comments
How to submit an article or upcoming workshops for inclusion in the Newsletter: 
If you would like to submit an article, notice of an organizational meeting or upcoming workshop for an upcoming Collections Caretaker Newsletter, send your submission to peggy@collectioncare.org
 
We are always looking for contributions to this newsletter. Submission deadline is the 10th of each month. 
 
Have a comment or suggestion?  
 
Northern States Conservation Center (NSCC) provides training, collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services. NSCC offers online museum studies classes at museumclasses.org in Collections Management & Care, Museum Administration & Management, Exhibit Practices and Museum Facilities Management.
 
Sincerely,
Helen Alten, Director
Peggy Schaller, Publications Manager