Joan Bacharach, Adjunct Faculty

Joan Bacharach is Senior Curator with the National Park Service (NPS) Museum Management Program where she develops preservation and protection, and access and use policies and procedures for over 360 NPS museums, centers and historic house museums located throughout the USA.  She has over 35 years of experience in the museum field.  She is the general editor of the NPS Museum Handbook, Parts I and III, and theConserve O Gram technical leaflet series that address a broad range of collection management topics.  Previously, as Museum Registrar, she developed NPS and Department of the Interior documentation and accountability policies and procedures, and managed the development of a multi-disciplinary automated museum information system.

Ms. Bacharach was collections manager in the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco responsible for collections care, documentation and accountability, and for relocating and rehousing departmental collections.  She was adjunct faculty for the John F. Kennedy Museum Studies Program.  Ms. Bacharach is on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, on the Building Museums’ symposium organizing committee, and is a Collections Care liaison to the American Institute of Conservation.  She teaches museum and collections management classes nationally and internationally.  She developed programs for The Smithsonian Associates, served as a reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums, and develops museum virtual exhibits and educational materials.  Ms. Bacharach is a graduate of the Witwatersrand University and the Johannesburg College of Education, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Joan Bacharach