Technical Assistance

Museum Services Staff can assist you with all museum-related questions. Contact Museum Services Coordinator by email or telephone 512.463.6427. Please browse the handouts below for useful information developed by program staff. 

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Fact Sheets

Museum Services Fact Sheet (PDF)

"Writing for Impact" Workshop Resources

"Writing for Impact: Frameworks for Interpretive Writing" by Erin McClelland
Additional Resource List
"Personal Connections and the Great Cosmic Soup"
"A Practical Guide to Personal Connectivity"
"The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction"
Meaningful Interpretation
Clues to a Great Story

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories" Webinar Resources

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories" by Erin McClelland
Resource handout


Exhibit Development and Design Workbook
Basic Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Artifacts
A Quick Guide for the Preservation of Historic Artifacts
Basic Readings for the Small Museum
Collections Care Resources
Collections Management Resources
Laws of Texas Pertaining to Museums
Light Level Recommendations
Grants and Funding Sources
Starting a Museum Resources
Strategic Planning Resources
Textile Resource List (PDF)
"Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design"
When A History Museum Closes

"Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" Workshop Resources

"Learning to See Clearly: Removing Blindspots from Organizational Behavior" by Chris Taylor
Additional Resources List
Bias Self Evaluation
The Johari Window
Teaching Tolerance
White Supremacy Culture
Implicit Association Test
Incluseum Article

"Becoming a Champion for Museums" Workshop Resources

Presentation Part I: Advocacy Primer
Preservation Part II: Articulating the Case for Change
Preservation Part III: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Lead Change
Additional Resources List
Fast Facts: Advocacy & Lobbying
Advocacy Capacity Tool
Articulating the Case for Change: Communications Toolkit
Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Lead Change--A Worksheet


List of Texas Based Museum Consultants
Ten Questions to Ask a Conservator
Using a Museum Consultant

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Disaster Plan Template for Museums (PDF)
Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Museums (PDF)
Facilities Risk Assessment for Museums (PDF)
Location Risk Assessment for Museums (PDF)
Salvage Priorities for Museums (PDF)
TX-CERA / Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance
Preparation For a Hurricane (PDF)

Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Resources


Collections Policy Article (PDF)
Alternatives to Starting a Museum (PDF)
Which Museum Assessment Program is Right for My Museum? (PDF)
Texas Museums and StEPs Standards (PDF)
Code of Ethics for Museums (from the American Alliance of Museums)
Sample Code of Ethics (from the American Association for State and Local History)
Mission and Institutional Planning (from the American Alliance of Museums)
Examples of Mission Statements

Vendor lists

Suppliers of Preservation and Conservation Materials (PDF)