Administers collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Professional Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Plans and organize the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections and related materials, including the selection of exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.
- Develops and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic record-keeping systems, using computer databases.
- Plans and conducts special research projects in area of interest or expertise.
- Provides information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.
- Studies, examines, and tests acquisitions to authenticate their origin, composition, history, and to assess their current value.
- Negotiates and authorizes purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.
- Inspects premises to assess the need for repairs and to ensure that climate and pest control issues are addressed.
- Designs, organizes, or conducts tours, workshops, and instructional or educational sessions to acquaint individuals with an institution's facilities and materials.
- Writes and reviews grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
- Attends meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote use of institution's services, to seek financing, and to maintain community alliances.
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