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Online course on collections management databases

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Friday, August 17, 2012
MS214: Collection Management Databases
Instructors: Sofia Galarza Liu and John Simmons
Sep 4-28, 2012
Location: online at <URL:>

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.

Logistics: Participants in Collection Management Databases work
through sections on their own. Instructors are available for
scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online
literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and online
chats led by the instructor. The course is limited to 20

Collection Management Databases runs four weeks. To reserve a spot
in the course, please pay at
<URL:> If you have trouble
please contact Helen Alten at helen<-at->collectioncare<.>org


    Sofia Galarza Liu is the collection manager and database project
    co-manager at the Spencer Museum of Art of the University of
    Kansas. Ms. Liu is also an implementation consultant and
    educator for Zetcom Information Systems, Inc.; she provides
    database administrator and user training for United States
    MuseumPlus clients. Ms. Liu's accomplishments include completing
    a two-year IMLS grant funded project to digitize the Spencer
    Museum of Art's collections and attending Museum Leaders: the
    Next Generation training at the Getty Leadership Institute in
    Los Angeles, California. She has a B.F.A in the History of Art
    and a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of

    John E. Simmons runs Museologica, an independent consulting
    company, and serves as Adjunct Curator of Collections at the
    Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery at
    Pennsylvania State University. He has a B.S. in Systematics and
    Ecology and a Master's degree in Historical Administration and
    Museum Studies. Simmons began his professional career as a zoo
    keeper, then worked as collections manager at the California
    Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of the
    University of Kansas, where he also served as Director of the
    Museum Studies Program until 2007. He received 2011 Carolyn L.
    Rose Award for outstanding commitment to Natural History
    Collections Care and Management from the Society for the
    Preservation of Natural History Collections, the Superior
    Voluntary Service Award from the American Association of Museums
    and the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Graduate
    Students from the University of Kansas. Simmons' publications
    include three books, Herpetological Collecting and Collections
    Management (2002), Cuidado, Manejo y Conservacion de las
    Colecciones Biologicas (2005, with Yaneth Munoz-Saba), and
    Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies (2006).
    He consults, teaches, and does field work in the US, Latin
    America and Asia. For more information visit his web site

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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