Announcements

  • »Registrars Deutschland e.V.« get the Riegel – KulturBewahren award 2018 Professional association gets the award endowed with 2,200 Euro On the 8th of November 2018 the award “Riegel – KulturBewahren. Preis für Schutz, Pflege und Ausstellen von Kunst- und Kulturgut” (The Lock Bar – Preserving Culture. Award for safeguarding, caring and exhibiting of art and cultural heritage) was granted. The award that comes with an endowment ...
  • Registrar Trek goes London! I’m all excited that I was chosen to speak at the European Registrars Conference in London, taking place November 17-19 (see full program here: http://www.erc2018.org/programme/programme/ ). I will represent the TECHNOSEUM (www.technoseum.de) and speak on “Collections management by the truckload” or how to get a grip on large collections. Time to share with you all ...
  • Back to the front! It’s been a hot summer in many regards. Temperatures were ridiculously high in Germany and while some places saw exceptional drought and wildfire, others saw heavy rain and thunderstorms. It’s nearly a metaphor for my working life. There were the usual ups and downs in collections management, aggravated by the problematic weather conditions. Then, there ...
  • Happy 5th Birthday, Registrar Trek! “After five years you can consider a project as grown-up.” This was more or less how the moderator at the conference of the documentation group of the Deutscher Museumsbund (German Museum Association) phrased it when I gave a talk about our project. In many regards, I think that’s right. But on the other hand, it ...
  • Season’s Greetings! The most difficult season for the registrar comes to an end. All the end of year gifts wrapped up, all the loans returned or loan contracts renewed, all the candles replaced with LEDs (seriously, who ever thought mixing real – and usually dry – twigs of pine and fire is a great idea?), the last ...
  • Mergers & Missions: Moving Forward Together Collections Stewardship is a newly reorganized professional network of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The network serves a broad museum community of professionals who advocate for better collections stewardship in museums. Whether your title is Registrar, Collections Manager, Preparator, Collections Technician, or something else, if your interest is collections care, then we’re here for ...
  • Registrar Trek Stays Mannheim! Whenever a member of the Registrar Trek Team Member is attending a conference or a similar event to spread the word about our blog project we usually post a “Registrar Trek goes… (Costa Rica, Helsinki, Milan)” message. Well, this time I am attending a conference that takes place at “my” museum, so I can stay ...
  • Happy 4th Birthday, Registrar Trek! I can’t believe it’s 2017 already! Seems like yesterday that we celebrated the third birthday of our project. 2016 was a strange year after all. For me personally it was highly successful, but in the big picture, it was terrible. Terrorist attacks, wars, conflicts, mockeries of elections,… you name it, we could all have done without ...
  • UPDATE: All Webinars of the Management 101 Series now available on the C2CC Website A short follow-up to our announcement in September: Now all recordings of the “Getting a Grip on Collections Management” webinar series are available to listen to on the Connecting to Collections Care website, together with the slides and additional materials for download: Webinar 1: Basic Condition Reporting Deborah Rose Van Horn http://www.connectingtocollections.org/basic-condition-reporting/ Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections: A Survival Guide for ...
  • A shout out to our colleagues in Poland! We are delighted to learn that in April this year the Polskie Stowarzyszenie Inwentaryzatorów Muzealnych, Polish Museum Registrars Association, was founded. They have a blog (http://inwentaryzatorzy.blogspot.de/) and already translated two of our articles into Polish: CIDOC 2016 – W dokumentacji kluczowi są ludzie (“CIDOC 2016 – Documentation is about people” by Angela Kipp) – translated by ...
  • Free Webinar Series:
    Management 101: Getting a Grip on Collections Management
    There’s a great series of free webinars coming up, organized by the Connecting to Collections Care Online Community (http://www.connectingtocollections.org/). The topics are different aspects of collections management, the webinars run always 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (time zone of New York): September 15, Webinar 1: Basic Condition Reporting Deborah Rose Van Horn http://www.connectingtocollections.org/basic-condition-reporting/ September 22, Webinar 2: ...
  • Registrar Trek goes Milano! Dear Registrar Trekkers, I’m all excited that I will present a short paper together with Rupert Shepherd from the National Gallery in London at the CIDOC Conference in Milano. It is called ”Spreading the word: Explaining what Museum Documentation is and why it’s important“. We are part of the ”Introduction to Documentation Standards“ session that is ...
  • Have a great time at ERC 2016 in Vienna, dear colleagues! As we are close to the opening of the European Registrars Conference in Vienna, I wanted to send a quick reminder that we are glad to post session reports or general reviews and impressions about the conference at Registrar Trek. We already got some volunteers (thank you so much!) but we also have enough web ...
  • Ooops- Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections is already out! Yesterday, I was taken by surprise when our library sent me a mail that they had just received their copy of “Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections” and were about to catalog it. Two hours later I received an email from my dear colleague Susanne Nickel with congratulations as she received her copy. Throughout the whole day, ...
  • In Search of Reporters for ERC 2016 in Vienna! Dear readers, sometimes life gets in your way. Due to more important family duties I will not be able to attend the European Registrars Conference in Vienna (more info: http://www.erc2016.at/start.html) next month. As I initially planned to inform you all with session reports I am now looking for volunteers to step up. Who will attend and ...
  • High-Flying Project: Reconstructing the Junkers J1 Ever happened to you? You lose sight of a former colleague or fellow student and then, years later, you stumble upon an awesome project, just to discover that exactly this colleague is involved. When I learned that there will be a kickstarter campaign to reconstruct the first all-metall aircraft, the Junkers J1, I, as a ...
  • Whooops – Little Registrar sent a note to you all, but shouldn’t have… Dear Readers, please accept my apologies that our faithful newsletter informed you about a post that was password protected. This was a mistake, as we are testing our new data logger at the moment and I needed a website to test if we all could have access to our climate dates from all over the world ...
  • Happy Third Birthday, Registrar Trek! Was it already a year ago we raised our glasses to celebrate the second birthday of our project? Time passes so quickly! It’s been a turbulent and busy year, I guess for all of us. For me as the administrator it was especially packed: in my day job as the collections manager of the TECHNOSEUM ...
  • Season’s Greetings 2015 I’ve found this amazing video showing how “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” is said in sign language in English, Russian, Dutch, Chinese, Australian, Japanese, Finnish, Austrian, Hungarian, Swedish, French, American and German: In the spirit of this video, let’s overcome all barriers! The whole Registrar Trek Team wishes you a merry Christmas and a ...
  • Unmanaged Collections – With a Little Help from my Friends At the beginning of this year I asked you all if you were willing to join me in the journey of writing a book about managing previously unmanaged collections. And you did. Many of you were willing to support the project with stories, photos, comments, thoughts and encouraging remarks. So today, I can proudly announce that ...
  • #TwitteratiChallenge I was quite surprised when I realized that Rupert Shepherd (@rgs1510 ) nominated our project (or its English twitter branch @RegistrarTrek) in the #TwitteratiChallenge. Reading his blog post about it I learned that he was as surprised by his own nomination like I am now. Once recovered from the shock, Helen (@crazymuseumlady) nominated us in ...
  • Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections –
    Will you join me in this journey?
    Dear Readers of this Registrar Trek Blog, For the last three years we’ve seen a growing number of faithful readers who not only read, but also contribute by sharing the articles, writing comments and sparking conversation with their peers. Some even wrote stories and articles for this blog. That’s great! Today, I want to share with you ...
  • Happy 2nd Birthday, Registrar Trek! Good news: we are entering the third year of Registrar Trek! So, after we looked back on a tremendous year 2014 recently, what does 2015 have in store? It’s always hard to tell if you don’t have a crystal ball to look into. Well, and if we had one in our collection as registrars, would we ...
  • Season’s Greetings – Here’s to the (unsung) Heroes One year has passed since last Christmas? I can’t believe it! It seems like yesterday since the last season’s greetings. This year we have seen loads of incredible stuff at Registrar Trek: We’ve solved a Trilemma, attended the European Registrars Conference, added loads of great stuff to our toolkit (for example how to store buttons), ...
  • Final preparations for Helsinki Things are busy right now, so you might realize we are not as quick with adding new material the next few weeks. There are various reasons, including that there was a major server issue with deleted webspace that forced me to backup to a previous version (some might have realized we were offline a few ...
  • Registrar Trek goes Helsinki! I’m all excited. Last week I got the call that I will do a session at the European Registrar Conference 2014 in Helsinki! See the programme here: http://www.confedent.fi/erc-2014/programme/ The session will be called: The Next Generation: Registrar Blogs and Virtual Networks I’m happy that Registrar Trek author Derek Swallow will join me and I hope to meet some other ...
  • A Tweet a Day Keeps Museum Documentation Ready to Play! Storify by Registrar Trek DE Mon, Mar 03 2014 10:02:32 A Tweet a Day Keeps Museum Documentation Ready to Play! Most work done behind the scenes in a museum is not visible to the public eye. But there is one field that is literally invisible: good museum documentation! Rupert Shepherd @rgs1510 Museum documentation manager @HornimanMuseum started an initiative: Add to ...
  • CIDOC – Conference Dresden 2014 – Call for Papers deadline extended Great CIDOC-Conference is coming up in September. For those of you who haven’t read it before: Dear Colleagues, The call for papers deadline for CIDOC Conference 2014 has been extended till 20th March. “Access and Understanding – Networking in Digital Era” The annual conference of CIDOC, the International Committee for Documentation of ICOM, will take place from 6th ...
  • Happy anniversary, Registrar Trek! On January 2nd 2013 we started a project with the purpose to inform the public about collections work and bring collections people around the world together. Now, a year later, we are a team of four authors and 32 translators from 19 countries, providing 16 languages. I guess you, our faithful readers, are more interested ...
  • Season’s Greetings from Registrar Trek The special exhibition area is abandoned. Where only half an hour ago artifacts were put into racks or cleaned by conservators, everything is quiet. The last working day before Christmas. Usually, that’s the day to arrange papers and thoughts, review the past year, look ahead to upcoming projects and share some of these thoughts with ...
  • A Captain Leaves The Ship There are good days and there are bad days. This is a bad, sad day. A day I hoped would never come – or if it did, then in the far, far future when Registrar Trek is a myth the old registrars tell the young registrars about. This project started out as a project of two ...
  • Then they were 20… On July 8 we called out to the world that we are in need of translators. The reaction was overwhelming. When we called out we were four authors Matthew Leininger, Anne T. Lane, Fernando Almarza Rísquez and myself and three translators, Liliana Rêgo, Araceli Galán and Georgia Flouda. Within one and a half week our little ...
  • Join the Registrar Trek as translator Hi there! Seems we missed celebrating the first half year of Registrar Trek due July 1st and the 200th subscriber to our feeds! Well anyway, never too late to celebrate, so Cheers to all our faithful visitors out there! As you can see, you come from all parts of the world: registrars, collections managers, curators of collections, students ...
  • Hello registrar’s world! On January 2nd we started off with a weird idea: A platform to connect registrars around the world. Now, three months later it’s time for a first review. Now, what does the map say? We see where the visitors of Registrar Trek in March 2013 came from: North America: 1165 Europe: 426 South America: 94 Oceania: 84 Middle America (including Mexico): ...

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