An Introduction to Object Cataloguing in a Collection Management System (CMS)

Workshop
Paul Thyssen, Gallery Systems, USA, Courtney Brebbia, Gallery Systems, USA

Collections documentation consists of the supporting evidence, recorded in a permanent manner, of the acquisition, preservation, management, and intellectual use of museum collections. Accurate documentation provides intellectual access to collections and ensures preservation, protection, and security for all collections. In this workshop we will discuss the benefits of using collections management software to catalog objects. We will review the basic elements of a catalog record and examine the importance of data standards that allow for sophisticated searching, comparison of objects, statistical reporting, disseminating information to the public, and exchanging information with other museums.

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Collections documentation consists of the supporting evidence, recorded in a permanent manner, of the acquisition, preservation, management, and intellectual use of museum collections. Accurate documentation provides intellectual access to collections and ensures preservation, protection, and security for all collections. In this workshop we will discuss the benefits of using collections management software to catalog objects. We will review the basic elements of a catalog record and examine the importance of data standards that allow for sophisticated searching, comparison of objects, statistical reporting, disseminating information to the public, and exchanging information with other museums.