Museum Monday: Interest in Collections Managers Continues. Why?

My post from last year,  “What Is A Collections Manager?” is, by far, the post for which I get the most views. It is read at rates almost twice that of the next most popular post, which is on assembling Downton Abbey looks for Halloween.

I could hypothesize why “What Is A Collections Manager?” is so popular. Partly, I think this is due to the lack of information on the profession. Collections Manager, as a title, has also been misused and shaped to encompass what varying institutions wish to accomplish with this person. So I assume readers are looking for information.

But I would rather know directly from you why I have so many people looking for information about collections managers. Who are you? Are you a curator, a conservator, a student looking for information about museum professions, a collections manager looking for assistance explaining your role in a museum? Do you find it difficult to find collections care resources? Are you curious about what sort of training you need, or advancement opportunities you’ll have in the future?

I’m the Vice Chair of the Collection Care Network of the American Institute for Conservation. We promote preventive conservation and collection care systems and staffing through programs and projects. If there are needs you perceive in better understanding the role and the practice of collection care and collections management, let me know. If you like Museum Monday, read more posts here.

Otherwise, keep enjoying The Still Room. Thanks for reading.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.