Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781933253039 Published December 2005

Things Great and Small

Collections Management Policies

John E. Simmons

Things Great and Small
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John E. Simmons

Distributed for American Alliance of Museums Press

208 pages | 8 x 10 1/2 | © 2006
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781933253039 Published December 2005
Collections care is a core responsibility for all museums that own, care for, or use collections. The foundation stone for good collections care is a good collections management policy. Things Great and Small is the first to comprehensively address how to write such a policy for any type of museum. Drawing on his extensive experience - as director of the University of Kansas museum studies program, collections manager at the university's museum of natural history, and surveyor for AAM's Museum Assessment Program - John Simmons reviews the issues that a collections management policy should address and the pros and cons of choosing one policy option over another.
1. Considering Collections Management Policy
2. Compiling Collections Management Policies
3. Introductory Sections
4. Authority
5. Scope of Collections
6. Categories of Collections
7. Acquisitions and Accessions
8. Deaccessions and Disposal
9. Loans
10. Objects in Custody
11. Documentation
12. Collections Care
13. Access and Use
14. Risk Management and Insurance
15. Intellectual Property
16. Additional Collections Stewardship Issues
17. Ethics
18. Appraisals, Identifications, and Research Services
19. Policy Review and Revision
20. Epilogue: When Policy Meets Reality
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: AAM’s Code of Ethics for Museums and The Accreditation Commission’s Expectations Regarding Collections Stewardship
Appendix C: Laws and Legislation
Appendix D: Resources
About the Author
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