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.

  • Getting Started with Environmental Monitoring in Your Collection, September 21, 10:00 a.m. CT, Southeastern Museums Conference register here
  • Welcome Back! Speedy Tips for Volunteers Returning to Collections Work, September 21, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Museums and Climate Change: Embracing Sustainability and Resiliency for a Better Tomorrow, September 22, 10:30 a.m. CT, American Alliance of Museum register here
  • Copyright 101, September 22, 12:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Build a #GivingTuesday Campaign that Inspires and Converts, September 22, 1:00 p.m. CT, Candid register here
  • Why Monetizing University Museum Collections is a Bad Idea, September 22, 5:00 p.m. CT, The George Washington University Museum register here
  • Building Relationships One Thank You at a Time, September 23, 11:00 a.m. CT, Foundant register here
  • Episode Planning: Writing and Recording Your Podcast, September 23, 1:00 p.m. CT, Museum Learning Hub register here
  • Stretch Your Operational Wings: Tools for Assertive Engagement, September 23, 1:00 p.m. CT, Mid-America Arts Alliance register here
  • International Pandemic Perspectives: Problem-Solving in Times of Crisis, September 28, 11:00 a.m. CT, REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums register here
  • I Am Once Again Asking You Not to Touch the Objects (And Here's Why...), September 28, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Musuems: A Vaccinated Workforce, September 29, 11:00 a.m. CT, New England Museums Association register here
  • The Basics of Design for Exhibits, September 29, 12:00 p.m. CT, Indiana Historical Society register here
  • Preservation in Practice, September 29, 2:00 p.m. CT, Dumbarton House register here
  • Podcasting Editing and Collaborative Production Models, September 30, 1:00 p.m. CT, Museum Learning Hub register here
  • And When You Can Handle the Artifacts, October 5, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • When to Engage and Disengage from Harmful Behavior, October 6, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Care of Painted Surfaces, October 13, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Interpreting Slavery Using Primary Resources, October 13, 2:00 p.m. CT, New England Museums Association register here
  • Anti-Bullying, October 21, 1:00 p.m. CT, Gender Equity in Museums Movement register here
  • Navigating Visitor Comments Effectively, November 3, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Long Term Storage for Large Functional Objects: Vehicles, November 16, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Reaching People Outside of Digital Spaces, December 1, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 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
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