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Allison Kohne

Pronouns:

She/Her

Availability:

Available

Full-time

Position Type:

Cary

North Carolina

United States of America

Years in the field:

1 – 5 Years

Areas of Expertise

Curatorial/Collections, Exhibits development, Guest/Visitor Services, Professional Development, Strategic Planning

As a Collections Assistant at the Mayborn Museum Complex, I am proficient with Past Perfect Museum cataloging system and was responsible for over 4,000 entries with photos. Additionally, I know how to utilize Microsoft Suites, Office 365, and can easily adapt to any new software. I was responsible for collections care including: collecting and recording traps monthly for integrated pest management, cleaning and condition reporting collection accessions for a variety of different objects belonging to biology, geology, art, textiles, and an outdoor historic village. I was also responsible for several inventories and rehousing projects involving creating new catalogs, assigning accession numbers, tagging, packaging objects to be shipped, problem solving and uploading photographs of individual objects to their records. This process also included documenting any condition, item research, provenance information and working on several small loaned accessions. I have also conducted deaccessioning, data entry errors correction and disposal of several objects that the museum concluded was no longer in its scope. I have a full understanding and actively implemented the use of American Alliance of Museums ethical guidelines for collections handling. I recognize the importance of being organized and communicating with fellow staff members to achieve time-oriented goals.

I have additional experience relating to installing, deinstalling and further research of museum accessions from my time as an intern for the Exhibit Design and Production team at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I had a multitude of in person experiences that involved researching exhibit projects, coordinating with team members, conducting a museum wide exhibition audit that was presented to senior staff, and contributing to innovative modifications for the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic for both temporary, traveling and permanent exhibitions. I have also cultivated a well-rounded understanding of how museum organizations fulfil their goals and guest expectations through four and half years of volunteering commitment at the North Carolina Museum of Art and National Park Service’s Guildford Courthouse Military Park. I am currently resuming volunteering for the Durham Museum of Life and Science where I am assisting the Exhibits Department with a developement project. Additionally I provide plant and bug care for the butterfly house/insectarium under the lead Horticulturist and Entomologist.