Training

All Museum Services offers on-site, hands-on training modules for Historic Societies and cultural institutions.  These include Accessioning, Cataloging and Basic Collections Care.  The modules are carefully crafted to address the individual institution's situation.  The modules are generally four (4) hours in duration and can be presented in one session or up to four sessions. 

Accessioning
Accessioning is the process that establishes legal ownership of materials acquired.  Accessioning documents form the legal basis for the institution to exhibit, store or dispose of materials.
All Museum Services will review the institution's current Accessioning procedures and Accession documents and provide a narrative report with recommendations for the Accessioning procedure.  AMS will provide on-site training to the institution's staff and members on all the information, documents and materials that constitute a good accession file.
AMS has extensive experience in all versions of PastPerfect.

Cataloging
Cataloging is the process that provides physical accountability of the institution's holdings.  Catalog records contain, at a minimum, information on the object's name, location, condition, and measurements.  This basic information provides the institution with a good estimate of the size of the collection and the types of materials in the collections.

All Museum Services will review the institution's current Cataloging procedures and Catalog Records and provide a narrative report with recommendations for Cataloging procedures.  AMS will provide on-site training to the institution's staff and members on all the information, documents and materials that constitute a good catalog record and the proper methods for applying catalog numbers to objects. AMS has extensive experience in all versions of PastPerfect.

Basic Collections Care
Collection materials may be damaged or destroyed by improper handling, storage, exhibit or cleaning. Some of the best methods for cleaning an object, may also be the worst method for the object's preservation.

All Museum Services will provide on-site training to the institution's staff and members on the basic tenets of collection's care, including the proper methods, techniques and materials required for all types of objects.  This includes handling of materials, storage of materials and the cleaning of materials.