Where to Begin? Choosing a Collections Management Database


Janaki Krishna, Registrar, Natural History Museum of Utah
Elana Carpinone, Assistant Registrar, The Field Museum
Renny Bergeron, Collections Manager, History Associates
Marla Misunas, Collections Information Manager, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Al Bersch, Digital Project Coordinator, Oakland Museum of California
Becky Escamilla, Digital Services Manager, Oakland Museum of California
Debra Peterson, Associate Registrar, Digital Projects, Oakland Museum of California
Suzanne Fischer, Associate Curator, Contemporary History and Trends, Oakland Museum of California


Clare Haggarty, Civic Art Collections Manager, Los Angeles County Arts Commission


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This interactive roundtable session equips participants with a starting point for choosing a new collections management database. Collections specialists experienced in database acquisition processes will guide each station. Station 1: Where to Begin? Create a needs assessment and learn how to effectively research and test collection management systems. Station 2: Learn from your peers. Talk to colleagues who have been through the process of selecting and implementing a new database. Station 3: Unchartered territory—explore open-source collections management systems.


Review Elana Carpinone's handout about choosing a collections managmenet system.

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