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Collections Managers can find articles, news and interviews on museum and archive collections management, and museum collections management software.

Growing the Online Collection: Using FlexFields and Alerts for Workflow, Prioritization, and Resource Allocation

The Saint Louis Art Museum is home to an encyclopedic collection of over 34,000 works of art, with seven curatorial departments, a robust team of registrars, and a newly-formed digital assets department. In 2017, with a digital strategy in place and a new website in development, SLAM began a new process to provide more object [...]

Growing the Online Collection: Using FlexFields and Alerts for Workflow, Prioritization, and Resource Allocation2019-05-09T10:20:24-04:00

The imai Foundation

Cataloguing Time Based Media The City of Düsseldorf established the inter media art institute (imai Foundation) in 2006 as an archive to care for an acquired video collection. The archive contains around 3,000 works of Time Based Media art, and provides context to the history of Time Based Media from the 1970s through today. [...]

The imai Foundation2019-06-14T10:17:23-04:00

Best Practices in Collections Management Policies, Documentation and Object Cataloguing

Tracking object details is an essential part of collections care. Adhering to a strong set of collections information and cataloguing standards through institutional collections management policies can help preserve the history of your collection for the future, and make your department’s day-to-day activities more efficient—from preparing exhibition lists, to managing conservation tasks. Terms of the [...]

Best Practices in Collections Management Policies, Documentation and Object Cataloguing2019-07-24T10:43:13-04:00

7 Ways to Boost Your Collections Care with Integrated Museum Software

Museums are busy places, and you may have more tasks to complete than hours in the day. It’s easy to feel cut off from other departments in your museum, and silo mentality can hurt both your department and projects. When your tasks require cross-department collaboration, you can find your busy schedule makes it impossible [...]

7 Ways to Boost Your Collections Care with Integrated Museum Software2019-07-12T14:35:03-04:00

6 Tips to Increase Productivity with Automation Strategies for Museums

Your department is extremely busy. Your team has a wide variety of tasks to complete, and sometimes it seems like many of them aren’t even related to your collection. By the time you’re done with your regular administrative tasks, half the day has gone by and it feels like you haven’t gotten anything done. Exhibition [...]

6 Tips to Increase Productivity with Automation Strategies for Museums2019-06-11T10:47:21-04:00

5 Tips for Finding and Selecting the Right Collections Management System

Collection organizations such as museums and art galleries use a museum collections management system (CMS) to keep track of complex interdepartmental data and information pertaining to the objects in the collection. Since the records of your most valuable collection objects are tracked by a museum CMS, that information must be easily accessed by all [...]

5 Tips for Finding and Selecting the Right Collections Management System2019-08-02T15:10:23-04:00

Seven Reasons You Shouldn’t Delay Upgrading Your Collections Management System

Upgrading or replacing your Collections Management System (CMS) can feel like an overwhelming project. Securing funding, researching options, and facilitating internal agreement are challenging tasks to add to your already heavy workload. However, once you’ve replaced your CMS, you’ll look back and marvel that you managed for so long working with the inefficient processes and [...]

Seven Reasons You Shouldn’t Delay Upgrading Your Collections Management System2019-06-11T11:48:47-04:00

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

Promoting Teaching and Research Through Excellence in Collections Management The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is among the oldest museums of its type in the world, and is home to one of the finest collections of human cultural history. Since the late nineteenth century, the Museum has played an active part [...]

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University2019-06-11T11:52:25-04:00

Collective Conversations with Bethany Bannister-Andrews

Collections and Digital Assets Manager at Shangri La: Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design (operated under the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art) Opened to the public as a museum in 2002, Doris Duke’s Shangri La in Honolulu showcases a varied collection of Islamic art. The museum was originally constructed as a seasonal home, [...]

Collective Conversations with Bethany Bannister-Andrews2019-06-11T11:55:50-04:00

The Whitney Museum and The Challenges of Cataloguing Performance Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art has a long history of presenting important performance art, both in their collection and through the Whitney Biennial. Farris Wahbeh, the Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources at the Whitney,  explains the background of the Whitney’s passion for performance, “The Whitney’s history of performance is much longer [...]

The Whitney Museum and The Challenges of Cataloguing Performance Art2019-06-03T11:56:17-04:00