Training Opportunities

Museum Services Program staff conducts and works in partnership with other groups to provide training workshops on a variety of museum topics throughout the state. The list is updated monthly.  

Collections Care WorkshopExhibit Workshop

For more information on workshops or if your institution is interested in sponsoring and hosting a workshop in 2017 please contact the Museum Services Coordinator.

THC Museum Services

  • Workshop: Telling a Story in Three Dimensions: Exhibit Design and Development
    Date: July 26, 2017
    Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m., workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum Services
    Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
    Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
    Registration

    Creating an exhibition is about more than just pairing objects with labels and hanging a few panels on the wall. Good exhibits take visitors on a journey through history, educating and inspiring them along the way. This involves space planning, selecting appropriate materials and lighting, and an understanding of design principles. This workshop will teach the basics of the design process, from initial concept to installation. Come prepared for a day of hands-on, creative work that will leave you well-prepared to plan your next exhibition.

    The last day for registration and refunds is July 23.
     
  • Know Your Own Bone ... and Your Audience
    Dates and locations: July 25, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg; July 27 Irving Arts Center, Irving.
    Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m.; workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Instructor: Colleen Dilenschneider
    Cost: $40 (includes lunch)
    Registration

    Declining attendance? Need for growth to balance your business model? Is your organization experiencing decreasing - or even stable - visitation? If so, it’s time to update operations and find new ways to “connect with a more connected world.” The number of people who profile as traditional visitors to museums is decreasing in the United States, and museum attendance is not keeping pace with population growth. This means that organizations experiencing anything less than a steady increase in attendance are in a state of urgent visitation decline. It’s an industry-wide problem, and it is time for individual organizations to turn their ships around.

    Colleen Dilenschneider is the Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research and author of the popular website, Know Your Own Bone. In this workshop, Colleen will discuss the visitation decision-making and engagement process, and cover the most critical, trends informing the evolution of museum operations in four, key areas: Access, marketing, visitor experiences, and development. The trends discussed will challenge organizations to carefully consider traditional best practices, and provide room for exploring not only how your organization may evolve to satisfy future audiences, but also what it can do to increase visitation and engagement right now.

    This workshop is equally suitable for both large and small organizations. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of market trends and audience expectations and have actionable strategies that workshop attendees can put into play or begin thinking about within their organizations to adapt to these trends.
  • Becoming a Champion for Museums
    Dates: October 3 (Lubbock) and October 5 (El Paso). Exact locations tbd.
    Time: Registration 8:30 a.m., Workshop 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Instructor:  Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc.
    Cost: $35 (includes lunch)
    Registration

    Ultimately, a organization's true value is measured in its importance to its community. Stakeholders often learn of our impact (and engage in our work) through efforts in sharing messages about our role and importance to community life. This is part of our job description as museum professionals and is a year-round activity that extends beyond policymakers and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn how to effectively make your case, from the basics of the process, to creating a plan to articulate message, and to engaging  stakeholders in the cause.

FREE Webinars

All collections webinars are led by Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation.

August 3: Webinar: Museum Metamorphosis: Building the Case for Change (presented by Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group)

August 9: Webinar: Caring for Photographs.

September 13: Webinar: Textile Conservation

October 18: Webinar: How Do We Pay For It?: Grants and Grant Writing for Collections

Click here to access recordings of past webinars.


American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

Recorded Webinars
With over 70 programs to choose from, our recorded webinars cover a range of topics, and offer an affordable, accessible and convenient online learning opportunity for you, your staff and your colleagues. Purchase of each recorded webinar includes access to the archived recording and presentation materials. Programs originally produced after 2009 feature closed-captioning.

Online Professional Development Center
This course catalog covers everything from budgeting and PCI compliance to crisis communications to managing employees and volunteers.


American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Online Course: Basics of Archives

May 16 @ 8:00 am - June 13 @ 5:00 pm

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists Acquiring Your Collections Processing Collections Housing Your Collections Access and Outreach Learn more

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/calendar/#sthash.udeDrD8t.dpuf

Online Course: Basics of Archives

May 16 @ 8:00 am - June 13 @ 5:00 pm

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists Acquiring Your Collections Processing Collections Housing Your Collections Access and Outreach Learn more

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/calendar/#sthash.udeDrD8t.dpuf
Designed for both emerging and seasoned museum practitioners, Writing for Historical Publications will inspire and equip participants to write for professional publications, organization blogs, and book manuscripts. - See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/writing-for-historical-publications-webinar...
Webinar: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses

Jul 25: Instagram for Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

August 8: Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Historic Sites

Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites - See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/calendar/#sthash.aKeWrecl.dpuf

Austin Community College Center for Non-Profit Studies

This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. - See more at: http://resource.aaslh.org/view/online-course-collections-management/#sth...
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. - See more at: http://resource.aaslh.org/view/online-course-collections-management/#sth...
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. - See more at: http://resource.aaslh.org/view/online-course-collections-management/#sth...

Webinar: Historic House Call: Religion and Historic House Interpretation - See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/historic-house-call-religion-and-historic-h...

Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper care or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do?

In this webinar, we will address specific preventive conservation practices you can perform and those you should leave for a conservator. Here’s your chance to ask those nagging questions you have regarding good collections stewardship and preventive conservation practices.

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/toeing-the-line-collections-care-practices-...

Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper care or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do?

In this webinar, we will address specific preventive conservation practices you can perform and those you should leave for a conservator. Here’s your chance to ask those nagging questions you have regarding good collections stewardship and preventive conservation practices.

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/toeing-the-line-collections-care-practices-...

Connecting to Collections

July 28, 2017, 1 p.m. (CST) Care of Books and Scrapbooks
August 9, 2017, 1 p.m. (CST) Are You Ready? Your Animals Depend on It - Contingency Planning for Collecftions


GrantStation.com


Idealware Online Training


Image Permanance Institute

This webinar series, funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open for all to attend. The first three webinars will discuss the various materials and technologies of photographic prints. The next two will teach a methodology and controlled vocabulary for process identification, as well as a demo of how to use Graphics Atlas. The last one will include an overview of collections care for prints and photographs including proper storage, handling and display methods, and guidelines for the storage environment. Watching the webinars as a series is encouraged but not required. Recordings of the webinars will be made available.


JVA Heritage Interpretation International - Training Division


Lyrasis


National Association for Interpretation Webinars 


Northeast Document Conservation Center


Northern State Conservation Center


Museum Study Online Professional Development


National Center for Preservation Technology and Training


National Preservation Institute


Network for Good


Nonprofit Tech for Good


PastPerfect Free On-Demand Webinars


Texas Association of Museums


Texas State Historical Association