Mastering Your Museum’s Core Documents


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This toolkit offers guidance on the needed resources to successfully revise or draft your museum’s core documents. With it comes a combination of tools, guidelines, and action plans to help you understand the importance of—and required elements for—each of the five documents required for Core Documents Verification.

What the Core Documents Are

  • Mission Statement
  • Institutional Code of Ethics
  • Strategic Institutional Plan
  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Plan
  • Collections Management Policy

Why and How to Use this Toolkit

If you’ve ever wondered “what do I need to include in our core documents” or “maybe we should strive for accreditation” then this toolkit is a great place to start.

With this toolkit, you will:

  • Learn more about what are the core documents and why they are important for every museum to have in place
  • Understand the required elements for each document
  • Know when and how documents should be updated
  • Learn the “anatomy” of the documents (how they should flow)
  • Learn common pitfalls associated with developing the five core documents

What is included

The tools and guidelines will help your staff understand the importance of each of the five core documents.

Inside, you’ll get:

  • Sample outlines
  • Structured exercises
  • Key resources

And, you can use the Action Plan to capture notes and next steps. Take a peek at the full table of contents.

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