Helpful Resources

Click on the links below to find resources related to the following subjects. Additional resources on any topic are available by contacting Museum Services staff. Many of the free webinars in our archives also address these topics.

Administration and Planning

Alternatives to Starting a Museum
The Art of Relevance
Basic Readings for the Small Museum
Code of Ethics for Museums
Developing a Mission Statement
History Relevance
Hotel Occupancy Tax Toolkit
How to Build an Effective Nonprofit Board
Laws of Texas Pertaining to Museums
Mission and Institutional Planning
The Participatory Museum
Starting a Museum Resources
Strategic Planning Resources
Texas Commission on the Arts Tools for Results Toolkit
What's Next? A Guide to Museum Transitions and Closures and a Supplement for Texas Museums
Which Museum Assessment Program is Right for My Museum? and 13 Tips to Expedite the Museum Accreditation Process

Collections Care

Active Collections
American Institute for Conservation
Benson Ford Research Center Care, Storage, and Handling of Objects 
Canadian Conservation Institute
Cleaning the Museum without Damage
Connecting to Collection Care
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
Conservation Online
Create a Cornerstone for Good Collections Management
Library of Congress
National Park Service’s Conserve O Gram Technical Leaflet Series
National Park Service’s Museum Handbook
National Park Service's Preservation Breifs
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Northern States Conservation Center
PastPerfect YouTube Channel
Planning Your RE-ORG Project
Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Sustaining Places

COVID-19 Pandemic

10 Museum Tips for Connecting with Community During COVID-19
AASLH COVID-19 Resources
AAM COVID-19 Resources and Information for the Museum Field
Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas
IMLS COVID-19 Resources for Libraries and Museums
Impact of COVID-19 on People in the Museum Field
Maintaining Financial Stability in a Crisis
NTHP Resources in Response to the Coronavirus
Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums Toolkit for Museums
Vaccines and US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health

Consultants and Vendors

Museum Consultants Working in Texas
Hiring a Conservation Professional
Suppliers of Preservation and Conservation Materials
Ten Questions to Ask a Conservator
Using a Museum Consultant 
Working with Independent Museum Professionals

Disaster and Emergency Planning and Response

Seeking immediate assistance with disaster preparedness or emergency response? Contact the National Heritage Responders at 202-661-8068 or TX-CERA at 669-237-2243 for expert guidance and on-site support.

Disaster Checklists and Planning:
Developing a Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan
Disaster Plan Template for Museums
Disaster Prepardeness and Emergency Response Plans for Small Museums
dPlan™ (NEDCC)
Emergency! If You're First
Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections
Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Museums
Facilities Risk Assessment for Museums
Location Risk Assessment for Museums
Preparation For a Hurricane
Salvage Priorities for Museums
Texas Division of Emergency Management Disaster Recovery Resources

Disaster Articles and Resources:
Disaster Preparedness Activity
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resources
Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App
Field Guide to Emergency Response
Heritage Emergency National Task Force
National Heritage Responsers
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Salvage of Water-Damaged Collections
Texas Cultural Emergency Resource Alliance
Texas Hurricane Center
Texas Disaster Preparedness
Webinar: Introduction to Emergency Preparedness and Risk Assessments
Webinar: Exercising Your Disaster Response Plan

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

Accessibility and Disability Micro-Learning Series
ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Definitions
A Call For Gender Equity in the Museum Workplace
The Empathetic Museum
Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM)
How to Make Your Museum More Accessible on a Shoestring Budget
The Incluseum
Inclusive Digital Interactives: Best Practices + Research
The Inclusive Historian's Handbook
Inclustion for Effectiveness and Sustainibility
LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums
Maintaining Accessibility in Museums
Museum Hue
Museum as Site for Social Action
Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities
Social Justice and Museums Resource List
Transgender Inclusion

Education, Interpretation, and Public Programs

Conflict De-Escalation and Bystander Intervention
Essential Reading for Museum Educators
Excellence in Practice: Museum Education Principles and Standards
Gallery Text at the V&A: A Ten Point Guide
Interpretation Standards
Lessons Learned from Five Decades of Experience in Visitor Studies
Making Evaluation Practices Work in Real Time
Tour Toolkit: Developing an Inclusive Tour
Why Field Trips Matter

Exhibition Development

Basic Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Artifacts
Collections Care Resources
Collections Management Resources
Design for Accessibility
Exhibit Development and Design Workbook
Light Level Recommendations
A Quick Guide for the Preservation of Historic Artifacts
Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
Textile Resource List

Grants and Fundraising

See the Grants and Fundraising page and download the Grant Funding and Assistance for History Museums guide. 

Nonprofits

Blue Avacado
Board Source
Guidestar
Mission Capital
Nonprofit Quarterly
Propel Nonprofits
TechSoup
Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Texas C-Bar
Texas Secretary of State

Social Media

The Biggest Mistake We See Museums Making on Facebook Ads
Getting Started With Social Media: A Resource Guide
ICOM Social Media Guidelines
Instagram for Nonprofits: The Ultimate Guide
Articles on Museum Marketing
Seven Broad Statements That May or May Not Help Your Museum to Do a Bit Better at Social Media
Simple Ways Museums Can Use Content Marketing to Engage Their Audiences
Sixteen Tips for Creating a Small Museum YouTube Series
Social Media Strategy for the National Archives
The Three Things Every Successful Facebook Post Needs
Three Ways Your Museum Should Be Using Instagram
The Ultimate Social Media Guide for Museums

Sustainibility

Are You Sustainable: A Self-Directed Assessment Tool
Before You Open it: A Checklist for Planning New Museums in Historic Buildings
Characteristics of Unsustainable Organizations
If it is Time to Close: Considerations for Dissolving an Organization
Summerlee Commission's Study on the Sustainbility of History Organizations
Sustaining History Through Best Practices and New Approaches
Why History is Difficult to Sustain