Training workshops for users of Collections MOSAiC Plus were held over 5 days at the end of July and attended by 30 people from around the state.
MOSAiC is a small museum collections management database system that is used by more than half of all CMP registered and accredited museums. MOSAiC’s Perth-based supplier, Drew and Sally-Anne Whittington from ISTechnology ran the workshops. With titles such as Data Entry & Querying or Data Retrieval, Reporting and Exporting or Administration & Configuration, the daily courses could have been mind-numbing. However Drew’s sense of humour and years of teaching experience combined with Sally-Anne’s one-on-one help meant even the most dyed in the wool Luddite both enjoyed and benefited from the training.
The sessions were co-organised by the National Trust and History SA and participants included representatives from 8 CMP museums - National Railway Museum, Friedensberg Historic German School Museum, Old Highercombe Hotel Museum, Ayers House Museum, the Tramway Museum, Norwood History & Archive Centre, as well as Gawler and Goolwa Museums. The National Trust of South Australia has recently adopted MOSAiC as the preferred database for all its branch museums, so there were also many National Trust branch members attending the sessions, including staff from National Trust head office. Attendees were a mix of people with no prior MOSAiC experience and those who are already using the system and/or wanted a ‘refresher’ course. Sessions were subsidised by the National Trust for its branches and through the CMP grant fund for non-National Trust registered or accredited museums.
Several attendees expressed interest in forming a SA MOSAiC users group. If you would like to be part of this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
MOSAiC is currently installed at over 530 sites throughout Australia, New Zealand and beyond, in museums, historical societies, galleries, libraries and private collections. You can now use MOSAiC to put your collections online. Find out more about the software at http://www.istechnology.com.au Free demonstration packs of the software are also available.