BCMA’s Brain offers a collection of learning resources suitable for museums of all shapes and sizes. Help keep our collective Brain active and growing by sharing your ideas for new resources and innovative practices here.


Collections Management Essentials

Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic (CCI)

Introduction to Documenting Heritage Collections (CHIN)

NEW Guidelines for choosing a collections management system

NEW Collections management system criteria checklist


Enhance your Practice 

Sustainable practice for Heritage Institutions (CCI)

RE-ORG Storage Method (ICCROM and CCI, 2017)

To help museums regain control of their collections in storage, ICCROM and UNESCO designed the RE-ORG Method. Together with the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) the Method has since been refined and is an invaluable and free resource for museums all around the world.

ICCROM and CCI also developed a RE-ORG Toolbox which showcases the creative and cost-effective ideas that collections professionals from around the world have developed to store various types of cultural objects and collections.


NEW RE-ORG – collection storage reorganization case studies

Canadian Heritage Information Network – Collections Documentation and Museum Standards

Guide to Museum Standards for Collections Documentation (CHIN)

Browse museum collection documentation standards and best practices recommended by the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and other organizations. Find standards for describing and cataloguing collections and learn how to define and structure your data.

University of Alaska, Museum of the North Resources

Aquisitions and Accessioning

Deaccessioning and Disposal

Rights and Reproductions 



Packing Museum Objects (Collections Trust, 2012)

Digitizing Intangible Cultural Heritage: A How-To Guide (CHIN, 2017)


For Further Reading

Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) offers valuable – and free – collections management resources to the Canadian museum community.  For example, are you looking for a new Collections Management System (CMS)?  CHIN has resources to help you select a new CMS including guidelines for developing an RFP.


National Heritage Digitization Strategy – Digital Preservation File Format Recommendations. This resource proposes which file formats to use when preserving digitized text, still images, audio and video recordings and motion picture films.



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