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Get Your Free Copy of The FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) has published The FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual, designed to help archivists working with moving images to navigate the technological advancements in cataloguing, preservation, and access practices. The manual offers best practices and tools for institutions that are preparing moving image catalogues or creating descriptive metadata. Since its [...]

Stark Museum of Art

Preserving, Cataloguing, and Sharing Rare Books with Collections Management Software The Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas, was the vision of collectors H.J. Lutcher Stark and Nelda C. Stark. Opened in 1978, the Stark collection is focused on “the stunning land, dramatic people, and diverse wildlife of the American West.” Allison Evans, the Stark’s [...]

High Volume Digitization: How a conveyer-belt imaging system is improving access to the Smithsonian’s collections

Less than 1% of the 138 million objects housed by the Smithsonian’s 19 different museums are on public display, with most of the collections hidden away in storage.  One increasingly common way to improve access is digitization: photographing, scanning, and web publishing to bring these hidden collections to light. For very large collections, digitization can be [...]

I’m here, but my database is there; Accessing TMS when you’re away from your home base.

Between off-site visits, courier trips, and after-hours projects, there are a lot of reasons users can benefit from remote access to TMS on a smartphone or tablet. Connecting to TMS on your mobile device is a simple process. Whether your device is an Apple product using OS X, an Android device, or a Windows tablet, you [...]

Collective Conversations with Jen Kaines

Registrar and Collections Manager at Leeds Museums and Galleries A day in the Registrars Department at Leeds Museums and Galleries, the largest local authority-run museum service in England, is never dull for Jen Kaines. As Registrar and Collections Manager, Jen handles 1.3 million objects from the natural world and industrial history, to fine and decorative [...]

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Using Barcode Technology to Track Collections During a Relocation Move The California Department of Parks and Recreation, otherwise known as California State Parks, has a mandate to preserve, protect, and interpret its museum collections which includes museum objects, natural history specimens, paleontological specimens, archaeological artifacts, and archive materials. The museum collections consist of millions of objects [...]

Collective Conversations with Gillian Essam

Recently Retired Collection Information Manager at the National Gallery, London After a professional career spanning 24 years, Gillian Essam, former Collection Information Manager at the National Gallery, is still adjusting to her new-found free time. Prior to her arrival at the National Gallery in 2001, Gillian worked as a professional librarian, then went on to [...]

Collective Conversations with Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass

Collections Data Manager at the Yale Center for British Art Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass, Collections Data Manager at the Yale Center for British Art. The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, is home to the largest collection of British art outside the UK. The works of art, rare books, and manuscripts found [...]

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Standardizing Cataloguing for a Natural History Collection The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology, and houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs and prehistoric life. With more than 400,000 visitors and 100 researchers visiting each year, the Museum is dedicated to the collection, [...]

Best Practices for Cataloguing Photographic Archives

As galleries, libraries, archives and museums bring their physical objects into the digital realm, new methods of organization need to be designed to support the accessibility and sustainability of the digital media. Sarah Gillis, Assistant Registrar for Image Management at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, specializes in cataloguing photographic archives. At our TMS [...]