Jul 07, 2021
In Tips & Solutions
Hi Fellow Mountmakers- I’m curious to know if other institutions allow their mountmakers access to the collections management database. I’ve been lobbying our institution, unsuccessfully, for over 2 years to get access to our collections database. I just need read-only access, but it has been denied over and over again. I think it would be helpful, as a mountmaker, to have access to conservation reports, handling notes, past damage, and historical photographs of the pieces and any repairs. Currently, I have to track down that information from a variety of people across a variety of departments, even though it is compiled in one place on the server. It’s tedious and a waste of several people’s time to have to access to database for me every time I’m trying to find something out. I would appreciate any help in improving my position that this is vital information that I should have access to. Our registrars have told me that I should use the public facing museum website to look up information about the works, though it obviously does not have the comprehensive information I’m looking for. It only occasionally has photographs, and they are not scalable or zoomable, and it only shows the sort of limited information that would be on the object labels in the gallery. Thanks! I don't expect anything to change, but would like to try to strengthen my argument that this is crucial to performing my job safely and efficiently.