HERM 322: Heritage Collections Report a Broken Link

Effective collections management ensures that an institution’s collections are aligned with its mission and mandate, and that the needs of the source communities are understood and respected. At the same time, accepted methods and techniques must be applied in the cataloguing and management of collections data, and in the conservation, storage, and use of artifacts within those collections. HERM 322: Heritage Collections discusses standards, practices, and procedures used—and challenges faced—in collections management in major conservation and museum organizations in Canada and the United States.

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Required Readings


Unit 1


Heritage Collections: The Historical Legacy
See your online Study Guide (Unit 1) for required readings for this unit.

Unit 2


Collections: Types and Uses
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 2) for other required readings for this unit.

Home page: [UK] Department for Culture, Media and Sport http://www.culture.gov.uk/

Home page: [UK] Museums Association http://museumsassociation.org/

Unit 3


Archival Collections
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 3) for other required readings for this unit.
Home Page: Archivaria: The Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/
Home page: Archives Association of British Columbia http://aabc.bc.ca/

Unit 4


Special Types of Collections:
Archaeological, Palaeontological, and Historic Place Collections
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 4) for other required readings for this unit.

Home page: [UK] Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Home page: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia http://www.philaathenaeum.org/

Unit 5


The Process: Collecting and Documenting
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 5) for other required readings for this unit.
Home page: Nova Scotia Museum http://museum.gov.ns.ca/

Unit 6


Managing Collections Data
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 6) for other required readings for this unit.
Canadian Heritage Information Network: “Collections Management”
Table of Contents
Collection Management Software Review – Introduction


Unit 7


The Process: Artifact Storage and Conservation
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 7) for other required readings for this unit.

Unit 8


Managing Collections: Assessing, Culling, Deaccessioning
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 8) for other required readings for this unit.

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Home page: Canadian Museums Association http://www.museums.ca/

Unit 9


Access and Collaboration
Also see your online Study Guide (Unit 9) for other required readings for this unit.