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Registrars and Collection Managers (RC-MPMA)

What is RC-MPMA?

The RC-MPMA is a Professional Interest Network within MPMA and is affiliated with the Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums (RC-AAM).  You do not need to be a member of MPMA to be active in RC-MPMA, however, it is strongly encouraged.

All museum professionals who have an interest in registration, collection management issues, and related positions are invited to join our organization.  Whatever your position or level of expertise in the museum field, you can benefit personally and professionally by joining the RC-MPMA.

MISSION

The purpose of the RC-MPMA is to promote high standards of museum practice and to foster professional growth between registrars and individuals in related fields. The RC-MPMA promotes the exchange and distribution of information through seminars, publications, and other channels. The organization will follow the Code of Ethics for RC-AAM in all its endeavors.

HOW TO JOIN

MPMA Members: Please sign in and go to your profile.  You can edit your profile and choose this PIN and/or any of the other PINs that you wish to join from a checkbox list in your profile.

Non-Members: Please fill out the PIN Sign-up Form and you will be added to this MPMA PIN.

There is a $10.00 fee for membership in RC-MPMA. 

MPMA members:  please fill out the RC-MPMA fee box in your membership profile (or for new members on the membership form) to pay for your RC-MPMA membership online.  NOTE: Any individual who is a member of an Institutional group/bundle will not be able to join RC-MPMA online, but will have to use the RC-MPMA Membership Form.

Donate to RC-MPMA online:  If you join by using the online RC-MPMA fee box you can add an additional donation in $10 increments by placing a number larger than 1 in the fee box. For example, enter 1 for a $10 membership or enter 2 for a $10 membership and a $10 donation.

Non-MPMA Members: please download the RC-MPMA Membership Form and complete to pay for your RC-MPMA membership.

BENEFITS OF JOINING

  • Connect with colleagues

Our new Facebook page is the place where members can pose questions to each other, seek vendor recommendations, and share experiences among collegial peers. More social media opportunities coming soon.

  • Build your skills with professional development

RC-MPMA supports members through a number of programs such as newsletters, travel scholarships, networking opportunities, and more. RC-MPMA’s robust engagement at MPMA’s Annual Meeting includes RC-MPMA-endorsed sessions, thought-leaders at the RC-MPMA event and networking opportunities, and collections specific behind the scenes tours.

  • Enjoy fellowship and mentoring opportunities

Scholarships are available for RC-MPMA members to attend MPMA’s Annual Meeting. The award covers basic conference registration, tickets to attend RC-MPMA events, an invitation to the RC-MPMA Breakfast, and a travel stipend. Mentoring is available to RC-MPMA colleagues new to the field.

Please contact us if you would like to get more involved in RC-MPMA or if you would like to submit a session or webinar idea. We welcome your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions.

GET INVOLVED

RC-MPMA is a volunteer committee of MPMA members. Its leadership is dedicated to sharing information about collections management and registration.  We have lots of opportunities for you to be involved! Contact us to find out about volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule and interests.  Contact information is below.

Connect with us via social media to share your stories, challenges and thoughts.

Encourage colleagues to join us!

Social Media Links 

Join us on the RCMPMA Facebook Page!

Follow us on Twitter using: @RCMPMA

News and Events

MPMA Mid-Winter Meeting, February 2017 Denver, CO 
RC-MPMA Chair Report

MPMA Mid-Winter Meeting, February 2016 Oklahoma City, OK
RC-MPMA Chair Report


Awards, Fellowships, Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2017 RC-MPMA scholarship winners!  RC-MPMA offers travel scholarships each year for Individual Voting Members to attend the MPMA Annual Conference. The scholarships pay registration fees and help cover other travel costs.   

Dabry Reiners at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX is the recipient of the RC-MPMA ANR Transport Scholarship.  This scholarship is open to emerging collections professionals.

Laura Bryant, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa OK is the recipient of the RC-MPMA Terry Dowd LCC Scholarship.  This scholarship is open to collections professionals with six or more years of experience.  

Resources

MPMA Purchasing Co-ops

RC-MPMA Membership Brochure

RC-MPMA Constitution and Bylaws

Leadership List

Susie Fishman-Armstrong, Chair
Collection Manager, Archaeology
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK sfishman@ou.edu

Heather Coffman, Vice Chair
Registrar
Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center
Lawton, OK
hcoffman@comanchemuseum.com

Melissa DeBie, Treasurer
Director of Collections Management & Registration
History Colorado
Denver, CO Melissa.DeBie@state.co.us

Shikoh Shiraiwa, Secretary
Library Technician
Archives and Special Collections
Max Chamber Library, University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK sshiraiwa@uco.edu

Casey J. Seger, Membership Chair
Registrar
Deadwood History, Inc
Deadwood, SD casey@deadwoodhistory.com

Alexandra Deselms, Nominations Chair
Collections Manager
Meeteetse Museums
Cody, WY alexandra.deselms@gmail.com

Elizabeth (Libby) Krecek, Publications Chair
Membership Coordinator
Lauritzen Gardens
Omaha, NE lkrecek1@gmail.com

Jenny Yearous, Scholarship Chair
Curator of Collections Management
State Historical Society of North Dakota
Bismarck, ND  jyearous@nd.gov

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