Dear Registrar and Collections professionals,

As we all know, the registrar and collections fields are continuously progressing. Collections care standards evolve, new database management and registration technologies are emerging, and the way people access an institutionís information changes. With this idea of the future in mind, the Western Museum Associationís (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee approved many collections- and registration-themed presentations within the 50 overall sessions.

The WMA has broken these sessions out into six interdisciplinary tracks including, Business, Careerpath/Leadership, Visitor Experience, Community Engagement, and of particular interest to collections and registration, Collections and Technology. Much like many of the roles within your own institutions or businesses, each session incorporates multiple perspectives from across museum disciplines.

Registrars and Collections Management professions will find the following programming of particular interest:

PreConference Workshops

  • CSI: Registrars
  • Care of Collections: Paper

Topic Tables

  • Collection Databases: Janaki Krishna, Registrar, Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Collections Management/Registration: Nicole Nathan, Curator of Collections and Registrar, Museum of Contemporary Craft
  • Insurance: Victoria France, Managing Director Fine Art Division, Robertson Taylor International Insurance Brokers


  • Registrarís Committee Western Region Luncheon


  • To Collect or To Not Collect: Considerations for Contemporary Art Curators
  • Coordinated Emergency Preparedness
  • Utilizing Volunteers in Museum Collections: Projects to Get, Keep, and Train Volunteers
  • Driven by Photographs: A Case Study of Three Collections
  • Extraordinary Spaces: Site-Specific Collections and Their Challenges
  • Storage Renovations in Existing Buildings and the Impact on Collections (Double Session)
  • Bridging the Divide: Collaborative Staff Development
  • Collections Roundtables: The New Normal
  • Weíre on a Mission: The Collections and Museums of the LDS Church

You can view the full Preliminary Program here:

Early Bird Registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting ends July 31. Register today and save! If you register by June 30, you will automatically be entered to win 2 tickets to the Evening Event of your choice! Click here to register: ‪

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Salt Lake City in October!

All the best,
Lauren Valone
Program Coordinator
Western Museums Association