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Collections Planning

Sample Documents

American Alliance of Museums

AAM provides Tier 3 museum members with sample collections plans from accredited museums.

Welcoming Guidelines for Museums

American Alliance of Museums, LGBTQ Alliance (Professional Network)

The LGBTQ Alliance shares guidelines intended to provide institutions and members of the museum community with a series of parameters, which they may consider when assessing how to provide the LGBTQ community—staff, visitors, management, and allies from all fields—with a welcoming experience. (PDF, 64 pages)

Alternative Basic Library Education Program

Idaho State Library

The Idaho State Library offers 4 online courses on collection development. The courses provide guidance on writing a collection development policy, collection assessment, materials selection and weeding. The courses cover basic issues and each takes about two hours to complete.

Collections Development Plan

The New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum shares its 2015 Collections Development Plan online.

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