Intro to Archival Collections Management Systems

4-Week Course starts SEP 18, 2023


This course addresses considerations for selecting, assessing, and implementing collection management systems. The information in this course can be applied to library, archives, or museum settings.


  • Describe the range of collection management systems and their applications
  • Identify the required skills and competencies needed for selecting and maintaining a CMS
  • Evaluate basic factors you should consider when selecting a collection management system
  • Recall and understand important steps that occur after selecting a CMS

Total Course Hours: 10 Hours/ 1 CEU

Your Instructor

Selena Chau
Selena Chau

Selena Chau received an MLIS with a focus on archives after a career in web and database development. She has over 10 years of experience in archives and libraries and has applied her diverse set of archival and technical skills in museum, research library, and broadcast environments. She has experience in metadata management, audiovisual archiving, as well as content and asset management. Her work as a digital archivist included the evaluation and implementation of archival collection management systems.

Memorable projects include developing a Peter Paul Rubens online exhibition while at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, rights clearance of archival moving image dance works and quality control testing of the new NYPL digital collections interface, and crafting an audio preservation and access plan for KBOO 90.7 in Portland, Oregon. Selena is currently a Collection Strategist Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is on the planning committee for the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on SEP 18, 2023
It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks.
Participants will spend approximately 2.5 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing discussion, reading, and written assignments.
It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
When is the last day for enrollment?
FRIDAY, September 15th.
Will the instructor be available to answer any questions?
Absolutely! Your instructor will provide feedback for each assignment and will be available via email or phone for any questions you may have. A discussion forum is also available where participants can post questions.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion you must:
1. View all lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
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