Connect and Learn

Training Opportunities

In addition to Museum Services' own webinars and workshops, the organziations and services listed below 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:

  • 5 Ways to Build Buzz with Young Members on Instagram, September 24, 2:00 p.m. ET, Wild Apricot register here
  • Audio Description and Alt Text: Making Your Visual Content Accessible, September 25, 12:00 p.m. ET, New England Museum Association register here
  • What's My Role as a Nonprofit Board Member?, September 25, 12:00 p.m. CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • Introduction to Emergency Preparedness and Risk Assessment, September 25, 2:00 p.m. ET, Regional Heritage Stewartdship Program register here
  • 5 Weirdly Easy "Life Hacks" That Will Make Your Fundraising Work MUCH Better, September 26, 1:00 p.m. ET, CharityHowTo register here
  • Putting Best Practices Into Practice, September 27, 2:00 p.m. ET, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts register here
  • Practical Book Repair, October 3, 2:00 p.m. ET, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Annual Fund: Building a Program that Fits Your Organization, October 10, 1:00 p.m. CT, Indiana Historical Society register here
  • 12 Golden Rules of Nonprofit Finance, October 22, 12:00 p.m. CT, Propfel Nonprofits register here
  • Walking on the Wild Side: Innovation through a Museum Venture Fund, October 31, 2:00 p.m. ET, LYRASIS register here

American Alliance of Museums 
American Association of State and Local History
Association of Children's Museums
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Blackbaud
California Association of Museums
CharityHowTo
Connecting to Collections Care
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services
DonorSearch
Firespring
Grantspace
Grant Station
Idealware
Image Permanence Institute 
Indiana Historical Society
National Association for Interpretation
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
National Park Service
National Preservation Institute
Network for Good
New England Museum Association
Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Northern States Conservation Center
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Preservation Leadership Forum
Propel Nonprofits
Teaching Tolerance
Tech Soup
Texas Association of Museums
Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas State Historical Association
Wisconsin Historical Society
Visitor Studies Association
Volunteer Match


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 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 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
Small Museum Association
Society of American Archivists
Visitor Studies Association

Texas:
Associated South Central Texas Small Museums
Austin Emerging Museum Professionals
Austin Museum Partnership
Border Museum Association
Brazoria County Museum Alliance
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

Blogs

American Perceptionalism
Art Museum Teaching
Brilliant Idea Studio
Cabinet of Curiosities
Climate & Culture
Engaging Places
ExhibiTricks
The Incluseum
Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
The MuseLab
Museum Commons
Museum Hack
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
The Nonprofit Fundraising Blog
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Of/By/For All
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
The Uncatalogued Museum
Under Fives in Museums