Connect and Learn

Training Opportunities

In addition to Museum Services' own webinars and workshops, these organziations and services offer in-person and/or online training on a wide range of topics, some for a fee and some at no cost.

Upcoming FREE webinars of interest:

  • Black, White, and Read: Addressing Newspapers in Collections, February 26, 1:00 p.m. CDT, Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services register here
  • Going Beyond the Gala: Alternative Event Fundraising Ideas, February 27, 2:00 p.m. EST, Network for Good register here
  • When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge, February 27, 2:00 p.m. EST, Connecting to Collections Care register here 
  • Managing Cashflow, February 28, 12:00 p.m. CST, Propel Nonprofits, register here
  • Managing Your Institutional Records, March 5, 10:00 a.m. CST, CDT, Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services register here
  • Temperature and Relative Humidity in Collections Care, March 12, 1:00 p.m. CDT, Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services register here
  • Women in Museums, March 13, 1:30 p.m. CDT, Wisconsin Historical Society register here
  • Ensuring Perpetuity: Effective Easement Monitoring, March 13, 3:00 p.m. EST, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training register here
  • What's My Role As a Nonprofit Board Member?, March 27, 12:00 p.m. CDT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • Interpreting Women at Historic Sites, March 27, 1:30 p.m. CDT, Wisconsin Historical Society register here
  • Best Practices in Board Service - Historic House Museums, Part 1, April 10, 1:30 p.m. CDT, Wisconsin Historical Society register here
  • Best Practices in Board Service - Historic House Museums, Part 2, April 24, 1:30 p.m. CDT, Wisconsin Historical Society register here

American Alliance of Museums
American Association of State and Local History
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Connecting to Collections Care
Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services
Grantspace
Grant Station
Idealware
Image Permanence Institute 
Indiana Historical Society
Museum Study
National Association for Interpretation
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
National Preservation Institute
Network for Good
Nonprofit Quarterly
Northern States Conservation Center
Northeast Document Conservation Center
PastPerfect Museum Software
Propel Nonprofits
Texas State Historical Association
Wisconsin Historical Society


The following professional organizations and blogs can help museum staff and volunteers connect with others in the field and stay up-to-date on news, current trends, and best practices in museums. Most also have e-mail lists that you can sign up for and Facebook pages that you can follow to receive regular updates.

Professional Organizations

While many of these organizations provide benefits and resources to paid members, either at an individual or institutional level, most also offer some free resources. Many state and local groups host regular meetings.

National:
American Alliance of Museums
American Association for Museum Volunteers
American Association for State and Local History
American Institute for Conservation
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Emerging Museum Professionals
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Sports Heritage Association
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum Education Roundtable
National Association for Interpretation
National Docent Symposium Council
Small Museum Association
Visitor Studies Association

Texas:
Associated South Central Texas Small Museums
Austin Emerging Museum Professionals
Austin Museum Partnership
Collection Managers Committee
Houston Emerging Museum Professionals
Houston Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Association of Waco
Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas
San Antonio Emerging Museum Professionals
Southeast Texas Museum Association
Texas Art Education Assiciation: Museum Division
Texas Association of Museums
Texas Association of Museums Affinity Groups
Texas Association of Museums Educators Committee

Blogs

ExhibiTricks
The Incluseum
Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
Museum Hack
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
The Nonprofit Fundraising Blog
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Peak Experience Lab
The Uncatalogued Museum