Hands-on Loan Program

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The Hands-on collection is a special collection apart from the Alaska State Museum's permanent collections.

As part of Alaska State Museum's outreach to students in rural areas across the state, the Sheldon Jackson Museum maintains a hands-on object loan program for schools, libraries, and museums in Alaska.

Borrowers integrate the objects into their curriculum or program in the variety of ways. The objects are used in classroom exhibits, as models for students to create their own reproductions, or as inspiration for creative writing, drawing, or drama. Students often use the objects as primary research material for written reports and oral presentations. Student teachers find hand-on objects useful for developing lesson plans or learning centers. Other museums borrow objects from the hands-on loan collections to incorporate into their local school programs. We encourage teachers to describe how they used the objects they borrowed.

Hands-On Loan Borrower Policy:

Loans can be made for up to one month at a time. Reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the service except for shipping.

Who May Borrow Objects:

This collection is available for use by Alaska teachers, students, librarians, home schoolers, and museums. Objects will not be shipped out-of-state.

Duration of Loans:

Loan items may be reserved for a full two weeks of use. (An additional two weeks are factored in for shipping and handling; consequently, objects are often out of the Museum for up to a month.) Special arrangements for longer loans can be made during the summer months when requests are at a minimum, or loans may be extended under certain circumstances and if no other requests are pending.

Number of Objects per Loan:

A borrower may request up to twelve hands-on objects.

Borrower Responsibilities:

The borrower is responsible for submitting the loan request electronically. The Museum staff may substitute similar items if a request is out or reserved. Hand-returned loans are to be IN the museum by the day indicated on the loan form. Many items are in high demand and to get them to the next borrower in a timely manner, they must be returned at the designated time. If mailed returns are not postmarked on or before the date stated on the loan form, or are not brought to the museum by the borrower on that day, the museum reserves the right to deny further loans to that institution or individual for one year. The person or persons using the Hands-on items is responsible for proper handling and care of the objects. Objects are to be returned in the condition they are loaned. However, if damage occurs, the borrower is asked to include a cover letter or speak with museum staff alerting them to the damage so that appropriate repairs can be made.

Fees and Shipping:

There are no fees for this service; however if the materials must be mailed, the borrower is responsible for all shipping costs. The borrower should return the hands-on loan materials in the original shipping box with the same insurance coverage (an insurance value of $200.00 per package) and shipping and handling specifications used (or requested) by the museum.

Credit line:

Users are requested to publicly acknowledge the Sheldon Jackson Museumsí Hands-on Loan program. When the objects are introduced to a class, the museumsí program should be mentioned. If exhibited, a label stating that the pieces are from the Sheldon Jackson Museum's Hands-on Loan program should be included.

Contact Information:

Sheldon Jackson Museum
104 College Drive
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-8981