In the University of New Mexico Museum Studies Program, Caroline teaches Collections Management online. The Program offers several courses of study:1) an undergraduate certificate 2) an undergraduate minor 3) a professional development graduate certificate 4) a graduate minor and 5) a graduate degree in museum studies.
This course introduces students to underlying principals, methods and practices of collection management in museums today. Course modules cover a range of topics including museum acquisitions, law, and ethics; collection cataloguing, organization, and storage; environmental monitoring, stabilization, security and risk management; collection use and data management. Required readings, online resources, participation in online discussion forums, research and writing assignments emphasize the breadth of information and practical skills that museum professionals rely upon to carry out their work.
The class is available to students majoring or minoring in Museum Studies at both the Graduate and the Undergraduate level, in addition to those studying Art History or Anthropology
Community and Empathy: Aging Well
As an active member of the New Mexico Association of Museums and The Mountain-Plains Museums Association Caroline presented at the 2019 annual conference on Community and Empathy; Reaching Out.
“Please Remain Standing” was the provocative title of her presentation on Aging Well. As America's over-55 population exceeds 90 million, museums are beginning to recognize and actively respond to this growing demographic. What does an intentional welcome look like and how are museums communicating that welcome to such a wide diversity of individuals? A fundamental starting position is more seating, which seems almost too basic and obvious but can be a significant issue and not only for the older population. When the Design Museum opened in London, surveys found that visitors were unhappy about the lack of seating, exacerbated by the fact that the exhibit was about chairs! Museums cannot express surprise that older people are discouraged from visiting if they believe they will not be able to sit down. Momentum is building for the museum field to respond to the challenges of this very broad demographic with the enthusiasm with which it has addressed the specific needs and wants of children over the last decades.