Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course

Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course

Do you have artifacts in your museum collection that are outside of your museum’s mission? Do you have eagle feathers in your collection but are unaware of the laws surrounding their possession? Are you unfamiliar with a Deed of Gift or unsure when to use it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions or have OTHER collections questions, then the Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course, developed by the Oklahoma Museums Association, is for you!

This course teaches a solid foundation of basic museum collections knowledge. MARC is a great course for staff and volunteers working with museum collections, artifact donations, exhibit loans, and much more.

The two-day MARC Course will be held March 2-3 at Oklahoma City University from 9:00am–5:00pm Thursday and 9:00am–5:00pm Friday. Lunch is on your own each day.

Day one of MARC will cover mission statements, conflicts of interest, ethics, collections management policies, collecting plans, collections committees, and legal issues relating to museum collections and deaccessioning. Day two will focus on the process of artifact donations including proper documentation, the physical application of a number, cataloging artifact information, loans and insurance.

The instructor for the course will be Karen Whitecotton. Karen has a broad range of museum collection experience including working at a state museum, tribal cultural center, and private collection. Also, Karen serves on the OMA board of directors.

Registration is $150 and includes handouts and instruction for both days. Institutions sending multiple participants receive a discounted registration as follows: $225 for two people, $300 for three people and $375 for four people. The registration deadline is February 17. Space is limited to twelve participants on a first come, first served basis. Register online here.

Marking kits used in the course on the second day of instruction are available from Northern States Conservation Center. Purchase of a kit is not necessary; a sample kit will be provided for participants to share during the course.

One scholarship will be offered to an OMA member. (Scholarship recipient must commit to attending both days.) The deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 10. Apply for scholarship here.

OMA professional development and training opportunities for 2017 are sponsored by Oklahoma City ZooMuseum of the Red RiverOklahoma Sports Hall of FameThe Springer Company, Daystar Foundation and Library, Henryetta Historical Society, and Oklahoma WONDERtorium. Additionally, the MARC Course is sponsored by the Oklahoma Registrars Association professional interest network, Oklahoma Arts Council, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, and Oklahoma City University.

OMA reserves the right to cancel this course if a minimum number of participants is not met.