Even though computers are part of our everyday life today, many people still have an uneasy feeling about them. Much of that feeling, incidentally, is the fault of the computer people themselves. For one thing, there is no standard operating system. Your friend with an IBM still has glitches to cope with in communicating with […]

Collection Management

I promised to cover two relatively important areas; computer management and making your collection pay for itself. But I forgot to mention one important addition to your collection; appraisals. I can’t stress the importance of appraisals. They are just as important as any other part of your collection management arsenal. Appraising, as a profession, has […]

Collection Management

The term “steward” is an important one, because stewardship is what collection management is all about. The very concept is important, because a collection represents many things. It can represent your values, your point of view, your taste, an historic perspective, a certain artist’s works, and so on. What you collect and how you organize […]

Collection Management

One of the most important parts of your collection management activities is selecting and maintaining an insurance policy. Remember to allocate a portion of your annual collecting budget to this essential item. Some objects are covered under a blanket or umbrella policy as part of your standard homeowners insurance plan. Usually a certain amount will […]

Collection Management

“It is as if one had believed that the important thing was the act of ‘saving’ a collection by acquiring it; that, once this was accomplished, one could ignore it. In short, after having made a noble gesture, one found the collection turely a nuisance.” Jean del Gagniers, La Conservation du Patrimoine Muselogique du Quebec. […]

Collection Management