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Working at the Smithsonian

Collections Management
  • The collections management (CM) function is responsible for the overall policies, acquisition plans, recordkeeping, care, storage, and accessibility for a museum’s collection.
  • The collections are the basis for the museums research, exhibitions and public programs which places the department at the center of the museum’s programs. CM maintains and audits the automated collections management systems to ensure standardization of cataloguing, vocabulary and documentation.
  • New programs aimed at digitizing the collections are adding new responsibilities.
  • Collections Managers and their staffs have degrees in the subject of the collection and gain knowledge on the job and through seminars and other educational activities to stay abreast of the latest care and recordkeeping practices.

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