National standards and best practices are voluntary benchmarks against which museums measure their own performance. They also help policy makers, media, philanthropic organizations, donors and members of the public to assess museums’ achievements. The Alliance shares standards on Collections Stewardship.
This section has information about access to collections (including digitization); acquisitions & accessioning; appraisals; cataloging (including collections management software); categories of collections; couriering; deaccessioning; inventories; loans; marking; old loans and objects found in collections; packing, moving & shipping; and writing a collections management policy.
This section provides resources to assist museums with writing and implementing a collections plan.
This section has information on collections care by type, condition reporting, conservation treatment, historic preservation, planning, preventive care, storage and handling.
This section addresses access to collections records; ownership and protection of cultural and natural resources; rights and reproductions; and tax issues.