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

Basic Guide to Collections Management (including sample collections management policies, forms and templates) (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!

Step-by-step Guide to Accessioning (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!

Step-by-step Guide to Deaccessioning (BCMA Tool, 2019) – Coming soon!


Enhance your Practice 

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.

Collections documentation standards (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.

CHIN Guide to Museum Standards

Packing Museum Objects (Collections Trust, 2012)

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


Innovate! Case studies from the field

We welcome contributions from our BCMA community. Please share your innovative ideas with us here.


For Further Reading

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.

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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