The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University is offering four new museum studies workshops this fall. One is completely online (Museums and the Law), while the other three are on-site in Kent or a combination of on-site/online.


The workshops are part of the new museum studies program SLIS is launching this fall. Courses and workshops are open to students in the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree program, as well as to other graduate students and interested professionals.


Because the SLIS museum studies courses are structured within a library and information science framework, students are able to cut across the spectrum of traditional academic disciplines and strengthen their skills as future museum professionals by gaining a broader perspective, a larger knowledge base and more flexibility. The museum studies specialization will prepare students with the knowledge and skills required not only to work in traditional careers as librarians and registrars in museums, for example, but also to serve as information professionals in many additional capacities and in any type of museum.


For more information about the new museum studies program at Kent State, visit or contact Dr. Kiersten F. Latham at [log in to unmask] . To view a recorded online open house presentation about the program, visit (The video requires Microsoft Silverlight; download it free at  Click on the "Download Silverlight" icon in the top right corner.)


Fall 2011 Museum Studies Workshops


Kent State students can register for workshops via FlashLine. Non-Kent State students should call The Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-3100 to register.


Writing and Developing an Exhibit Script

Blended format

Sept. 12:  Online content available

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kent, 317 or 319 Library

Christine M. Shearer

All exhibitions require expertise in writing and developing an exhibition script, starting with the initial exhibition proposal highlighting the theme, audience and significance.  In addition, external communication to public outlets and the internal components of the exhibition itself must be scripted and send a cohesive message.  Students will learn the written components of exhibition development; will write an exhibition proposal; and will work in a team environment to develop an exhibition concept and written materials.


Museum Object Preparation Methods

Saturdays, Oct. 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kent, Murphy Auditorium:  Rockwell Hall, Room OM204

James L. Williams

This workshop will introduce basic concepts and techniques for presenting museum objects and artifacts for display. Topics covered include assessing object strengths and weaknesses, appropriate materials for the task, preservation and conservation considerations and basic mountmaking materials.


Developing Memorable Museum Tours

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kent, 317 or 319 Library (no lab)

Edith Serkownek

This workshop will examine the important role that museum tours play in fulfilling museums’ educational and programmatic goals. Students will examine the various types and styles of personally and technologically mediated tours and look at their successful development as well as weighing their relative strengths and limitations. Students will learn to use museum tours as a tool for communicating with specialized museum audiences including children, families and special interest groups.


Museums and the Law

Nov. 1 – 9, 100% online

John Simmons

In this workshop, students will examine the ways in which museums and the law intersect from a variety of perspectives including museum organization and board functions, national and international laws and regulations, intellectual property, cultural appropriation, and freedom of expression. Students will gain a broad overview of the most significant legislation and regulations that affect museum operations.



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Museum Studies Courses


You must be admitted to Kent State either as a graduate student or a guest student in order to register for courses.

To apply to SLIS, visit

For general Kent State graduate admissions, visit

To be admitted as a guest student, visit



Foundations of Museum Studies (LIS 60700) – offered Fall 2011

Introduces various aspects of museums, including types of museums; history, organization, collections, architecture and issues in museums; as well as of museums in the community and roles in the museum.


Museum Collections (LIS 60701)

Provides a theoretical and practical overview of the organization, care and meaning of objects held in museum collections, along with basic collection management, registration and preservation skills. Prerequisite: 60700.


Museum Communication (LIS 60702) – offered Fall 2011

Examines practical and conceptual elements in the many ways museums communicate with the public: through interpretation, exhibition, publication, educational programming and on the Web. Prerequisite: 60700.


Museum Users (LIS 60703)

Explores the research and theory related to learning, engagement and transformative experiences of users, characteristics of users, the social dynamics of the museum experience and programmatic techniques and methods used to increase engagement and learning for visitors. Prerequisite: 60700.


Museum Origins (LIS61095 & as a workshop)

In the context of today’s world, students will “go back in time” for two weeks in Florence, Italy, to understand the origins of Western museums and the meaning of publicly shared collections. Exploring the past in this way will help today’s museum professionals gain a better understanding of their own role and purpose in their community, society and nation.  Scheduled for Summer 2012.




All the best,




Flo Cunningham

Marketing Communications and Public Relations Director

School of Library and Information Science

Kent State University


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