Sustaining the Standard of Excellence: Collections Data Management
The Hampton University Museum will expand the accessibility of its African
American art collection through a three-year collection management software
implementation project. Building on a recently completed inventory and digital
documentation project, the museum will engage a data manager to input data to its
collections management system on paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and
fiber arts. The collections data manager will lead training sessions for the
museum’s curatorial team to ensure their proficiency in using the software system
and their ability to carry on the work at the end of the grant period. In each year of
the project, four student interns will work with the staff to scan curatorial records
including catalog cards and accession paperwork. The museum will present small,
online exhibitions that will make the collections more fully accessible to scholars,
educators, students, and the public.
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