Collection management

This is where you will find information and practical help on cataloguing, collection policy, collection management systems, loan, deacessioning and gift of deed forms and so on. You might also look in Organisational management for resources relating to compliance—legal, taxation, copyright etc. as well as cultural policy, marketing and branding.

Australian best practice guide to collecting cultural material

This guide describes the ethical and legal issues that museums, galleries and libraries need to consider when they acquire or borrow cultural material.

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Reviewing collections

A guide to support museums in considering and selecting appropriate methodologies to guide the rationalisation of their collections.

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Acquisition fact sheet

This M&G fact sheet takes you through the formal process of obtaining legal possession by purchase, donation or through bequest of an item.

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Acquisition register template

Easily document your object accessions using this template.

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Collections Law

The Collections Law website provides resources for those working in an archive, gallery, museum or library.

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Cataloguing

This fact sheet by M&G talks about cataloguing your collection.

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Collection policies

This resource explains what a collection policy is, its importance and how to develop one.

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Collection Management Systems

This fact sheet by M&G talks about the different types of Collection Management Systems available.

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Computer Cataloguing Databases

This 'thinking about' resource by M&G tells you about the advantages and limitations of cataloguing your collection using a database.

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Deaccessioning and Disposal

This fact sheet by M&G takes you through the process of deaccessioning and disposing of objects in your collection.

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Deed of gift form

You can use this template to document the transfer of ownership of donated objects.

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Identify prints and photos

Online resource for all identifying all print types.

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Inward Loan sample agreement

This template gives you the basics of inward loans agreements

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List of approved valuers

This is a list of approved valuers under the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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Loans Fact Sheet

This M&G fact sheet explains the process of documenting museum loans.

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Outward Loan sample agreement

This template gives you the basics of outward loan agreements

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Sample Loan register

This is sample Loan register gives you an easy way to document your loans

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Cultural Gifts Program Guide

The Cultural Gifts Program encourages Australians to donate items of cultural significance from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives.

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