Topics in Museum Studies Workshop

March 14, 2011 - 1:30 pm to March 18, 2011 - 4:00 pm

2032 Main Library

024:190:WK1 / 12:159:WK1 (1 sh)

Goals and Objectives: We discover collections on-line, finding images of fossils, books, artifacts and archives. So, do we still need the original objects? This course will reveal the deep information and mysterious qualities that reside only in physical collections. We will learn why physical collections remain fundamental to university research. Their on-line presence adds amazing new levels of access, but the inherent role of physical collections to authenticate research is more crucial than ever. We will investigate systematic and analytic methods used for research in physical collections. We will learn appreciation of material qualities as a source of meaning and information. Students will also receive tutorials in collection building, curation and preservation in support of advanced research based on physical collections. A series of specialist presenters and on-site experiences will convey special features of natural history, archeological and documentary collections. Finally, we will consider an emerging interdependence between source collections and their on-line access. This intensive one-week course will appeal to those in museum studies, library and archival sciences and material culture studies. The course is designed by the members of the University of Iowa Collections Coalition.

Course Leader: David McCartney, University Archivist, UI Libraries Special Collections & University Archives, Main Library, phone: 319 335 5921, e-mail:

Tiffany Adrain, Collections Manager, Paleontology Repository, Department of Geoscience, 236 Trowbridge Hall, phone: 319-335-1822, e-mail:

Gary Frost, Conservator, UI Libraries Preservation and Conservation, Conservation Lab, Main Library,

Phone: 319 335 5908, e-mail:

Nancy Kraft, Preservation Librarian, UI Libraries Preservation and Conservation, Main Library,

Phone: 319 335 5286, e-mail: