Management and Group Facilitation
or association of mountmakers must rest on a different functional
foundation than most service organizations.The management structure
of a team of Mountmakers, rather than linear and vertical; must
be a global and interactive task network, with constant communication
among all participants.When
Sanders takes on a project, our management staff analyzes the project
as a whole scenario, looking for the strengths and weaknesses of
the situation, and for problem areas outside the norm.We then select
a Project Manager and teams of Mountmakers who are skilled in the
crafts required to address the project requirements. The resulting
group of experts is always unique to the project in hand.The basis
of efficiently managing large projects is good information management.
The best protection for artifacts in an exhibit situation is knowledge
and information management.
management devotes a great deal of energy to gathering and organizing
artifact data. Our goal is to make artifact information readily
available as we design, fabricate, and install the artifact mounts.
have developed a computer database format which is readily changeable
to accommodate different task profiles. Each collection requires
a unique set of parameters for information management, and our staff
is adept a creating an optimum platform for each project.
the mountmaking task is at the scale of whole museums, it requires
data processing and well organized management, as well as the capacity
to set up the whole operation including multimedium shops and data
processing in a remote location and operate efficiently in a construction
situation. The installation of an entire museum collection is an
intense endeavor which normally requires a team of ten to twenty
practitioners several months to a year to accomplish. Our mountmaking
and management teams are specifically structured to fit the varied
and constantly changing requirements of each project. SMS management
staff has all become adept at selection and training of individuals
who are capable of performing quality work in these extreme conditions.
We operate a separate but linked business in Architectural Crafting
which provides a rich foundation in multimedium craftsmanship to
our potential museum mounting personnel, but more importantly, gives
us a long term opportunity to ascertain whether individuals are
suited to the rare demands of exhibit artifact installation.
work performed by SMS is performed in our shops or on site supervised
by our management staff. We employ a full time cadre of multimedium
mountmakers and have developed long term working relationships with
a number of SMS Associates, who are typically self-employed masters
of their crafts and are eager to master the unique requirements
and skills of artifact mounting. By careful skill phasing on our
projects, we have expertly managed the design, fabrication, and
installation of mounts for several large projects simultaneously.
We have previously been solely responsible for the artifact mounting
over 20 new State or National level museums and hundreds of large