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Live Webinar:
Developing an Effective Collections Management Policy

Wednesday, April 17
2–3:30 p.m. (ET)

Part of the Core Documents Series

Join collections management leaders in this moderated 90-minute webinar as we discuss the required elements of a collections management policy based on national standards for collections stewardship. This program will help ensure your policy meets professional standards and will help your organization prepare for Core Documents Verification.

We’ll explore the essential elements, why your collecting institution needs a collections management policy, discuss some of the risks of not having a good policy in place and examine how the collections management policy intersects with all parts of your institution’s operations.

Please note: this program is not intended as a step-by-step guide to writing a collections management policy. For other resources, we encourage you to check out the Information Center, Bookstore, activity guides and reference guides.

Who Should Attend

  • Staff with collections management responsibilities, especially those in early and mid career
  • Directors and deputy directors that oversee museums that have collections
  • Staff and leadership from institutions considering seeking Accreditation at some point or participating in the new Core Documents Verification Program
  • Peer Reviewers for the Museum Assessment and Accreditation Programs

How Will I Benefit?

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:
  • Identify essential elements of a collections management policy
  • Determine if the institution’s collections management policy meets national standards
  • Access resources to create or strengthen their institution’s collections management policy


  • Cecelia Walls, accreditation coordinator, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.
  • Jackie Hoff, director of collections services, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Elise V. LeCompte, registrar and assistant department chair, Department of Natural History, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville
  • Courtney Keel, registrar, Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh


  • Greg Stevens, assistant director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.
  • Adam La Faci, field producer, LearningTimes, LLC, New York
For more program-related information, contact Greg Stevens.

About the Core Documents Webinar Series

This five-part series provides useful information on the five essential documents that are fundamental for basic professional museum operations and embody core museum values and practices. They codify and guide decisions and actions that promote institutional stability and viability, which in turn allows the museum to fulfill its educational, stewardship and community roles.

The documents are: Mission Statement, Institutional Code of Ethics, Strategic Institutional Plan, Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan and Collections Management Policy. The Core Documents Verification program is a key component of the Continuum of Excellence, a multi-program assessment structure that also includes Museum membership, the Pledge of Excellence, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) and Accreditation..

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Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.