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Direct Care of Collections: Ethics, Guidelines, and Recommendations

Category: Collections Stewardship
This article originally appeared in the July-August 2016 issue of Museum magazine. First issued in 2016, the white paper was updated in 2019 to reflect the updated FASB accounting standard …

Direct Care of Collections

Direct Care of Collections: Ethics, Guidelines, and Recommendations provides field-wide guidance on the use of proceeds from the sale of deaccessioned objects. It focuses specifically on …

Closing the GAAP on Direct Care

Category: Collections Stewardship
As lawyers with backgrounds in horticulture (Lori) and material culture studies (Sarah), we never thought we would be passionate about an accounting rule. Yet here we are. In 2015 we wrote …

Ethical and Legal Collections Issues

There are a number of ethical and legal issues that can arise as part of a museum’s collecting and deaccessioning activities, including the use of disposal proceeds, dealing, privacy …

Ethics, Standards, and Professional Practices

Excellence across the museum field begins with the ethics and standards that the field sets for itself to promote accountability, provide a basis for good decision-making, and prove a …

Collections Stewardship Standards

Stewardship is the careful, sound and responsible management of that which is entrusted to a museum’s care. Possession of collections incurs legal, social and ethical obligations to provide …

Accreditation Program and COVID-19: FAQs and Guidance

Updated May 20, 2021 The Accreditation Program and process is back on track so museums are asked to keep to their original Self-Study due date. We will still exercise some flexibility with …

Retrenchment or Downsizing

In challenging economic times museums often experience a dramatic loss of revenue from multiple sources of income, including:  admissions, store sales, programs, special events, endowments, …

Maintaining museum excellence in the time of COVID-19

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: These resources have been taken out from behind the member paywall to make them free and accessible for all. The current crisis is taking a …

Managing collections care during pandemics

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: These resources have been taken out from behind the member paywall to make them free and accessible for all. The current crisis is taking a …

Closing Permanently

The Alliance has compiled this set of resources on closing permanently from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector. Alliance Resources AAM’s …

Developing and Managing Business and Individual Donor Support

Purpose and Importance Not-for-profit, charitable, educational and scientific organizations and those they serve have always benefited from the business sector and the generosity of …

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