Connect and Learn

Training Opportunities

In addition to Museum Services' own webinars and workshops, many 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. Download a list of these sources.

  • Your Best Giving Tuesday Ever: Top Tips For Inspiring More Gifts This Year, November 24, 1:00pm CT, Network For Good register here
  • Reaching People Outside of Digital Spaces, December 1, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Top 10 Digital Marketing & Fundraising Trends To Watch in 2022, December 1, 12:00pm CT, Nonprofit Tech for Good register here
  • Strengthening Museums: Findings from the IMLS Report: Market Analysis and Opportunity Asssesment of Musuem Capactiy Building Programs, December 1, 2:00pm CT, American Association for State and Local History register here
  • Playing By the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook, December 1, 1:00pm CT, Volunteer Match register here
  • Get More From Your Online Donations, December 2, 12:00pm, CT, Blackbaud register here
  • Start Your 2022 Grant Strategy Off Right, December 2, 2:00pm CT, Charity How To register here
  • Care and Reformatting of Microfilm, December 7, 11:30am CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • How to Grow Donor Retention in 2022: Ask, Thank, Report, Repeat!, December 7, 12:00pm CT, Nonprofit Tech for Good register here
  • Book Talk: Interpreting the Legacy of Women's Suffrage, December 7, 2:00pm CT, American Association for State and Local History register here
  • How to Prioritize Your Wellness During the Hustle of the Holiday Season, December 7, 12:00pm CT, Charity How To register here
  • Engaging the Volunteer of the Future, December 9, 1:00pm CT, Volunteer Match register here
  • Metadata for Audio Collections, December 14, 11:30am CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • New Tools of the Trade, December 14, 12:00pm CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Setting a Marketing Budget for 2022, December 14, 12:00pm CT, TechSoup register here
  • Transforming Nonprofit Business Models, December 15, 12:00pm CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • Social Media and Volunteer Engagement, December 15, 1:00pm CT, Volunteer Match register here
  • Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times, December 16, 9:00am CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • Strategies for Acetate and Nitrate Negatives and Film, December 16, 1:00pm CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • Identifying and Assessing Grooved Media, January 11, 11:30am CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • Preservation of Photographic Materials, January 12, 12:00pm CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Re-Energize Volunteer Engagement with Mission-Driven Opportunities, January 12, 1:00pm CT, Volunteer Match register here
  • Designing Virtual Opportunities: Managing Remote Volunteers, January 13, 1:00pm CT, Volunteer Match register here
  • Introduction to Digital Collection Management, January 19, 12:00pm CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • True Program Costs, January 19, 12:00pm CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • Website & Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits, January 26, 12:00pm CT, Nonprofit Tech for Good register here
  • 10 Practical Steps for Getting Started With Digital Preservation, January 27, 1:00pm CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • Digitization for Small Institutions, February 1, 12:00pm CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Moving and Renovation: Collections Concerns, February 10, 1:00 CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here

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 social media accounts 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
American Public Gardens Association
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Association of African American Museums
Association of Art Museum Interpretation
Association of Children's Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Council of American Jewish Museums
Council of American Maritime Museums
Emerging Museum Professionals
HeritageRail Alliance
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Association of Museum Facility Administrators
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
International Sports Heritage Association
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum-Ed
Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Store Association
Museum Trustee Association
National Art Education Association: Museum Education Division
National Association for Interpretation
National Council on Public History
National Docent Symposium Council
North American Reciprocal Museum Association
Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums
Southeastern Museums Conference
Small Museum Association
Society of American Archivists
Visitor Studies Association

Texas:
Associated South Central Texas Small Museums
Archivists of Central Texas
Austin Emerging Museum Professionals
Austin Museum Partnership
Border Museum Association
Brazoria County Museum Alliance
Breaking Library Silos for Social Justice
Center for the Advancement of Study of Early Texas Art
Collection Managers Committee
DFW Museum Education Roundtable
Galveston Area Museum Network
Houston Emerging Museum Professionals
Houston Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Association of Waco
Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas
North Texas Emerging Museum Professionals
San Antonio Emerging Museum Professionals
Southeast Texas Museum Association
Texas Art Education Association: Museum Division
Texas Association of Museums
Texas Association of Museums Affinity Groups
Texas Association of Museums Diversity Committee
Texas Association of Museums Educators Committee
Texas Collections Early Response Alliance
Texas Oral History Association
Texas State Historical Association
Texas Tropical Trail Region Museums
Texas Volunteer Management Conference
Wichita Falls Regional Museum Network

Blogs

The authors of the blogs below discuss topics related to work in museums, education, non-profits, and the cultural sector.

American Perceptionalism
Art Museum Teaching
Climate & Culture
DEAI Matters
Design Thinking for Museums
Engaging Places
ExhibiTricks
The Incluseum
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
Leading by Design
Museum Commons
Museum Hack
Museum Human
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
Museums + Democracy Project
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Of/By/For All
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
Thinking Museum