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.

Upcoming free webinars of interest:

  • Launching New Initiatives and Benefits in Museum Membership, July 13, 2:00 p.m. CT, Cuseum register here
  • Is the Time Right for a Capital Campaign?, July 14, 12:00 p.m. CT, Mission Advancement register here
  • Metadata for Digitization, July 14, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Expanding Your Online Community with Web Accessibility, July 14, 1:00 p.m. CT, TechSoup register here
  • Managing Risk and Liability, July 14, 2:00 p.m. CT, Zoo Advisors register here
  • Libraries, Archives, and Museums Mutual Aid and Solidarity, July 14, 3:00 p.m. CT, Archival Workers Emergency Fund register here
  • Stolen Childhoods: How to Help Youth Move from Painful Paths to Promising Futures, July 16, 8:00 a.m. CT, Internatial Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Museum Curation and Preserving Black Settlements, July 16, 10:00 a.m. CT, The Texas Freedom Colonies Project register here
  • Reopening Plans in Action, July 16, 10:30 a.m. CT, Association of Midwest Museums register here
  • Integrated Pest Management, July 16, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Practicing Resilience: Activating Your Anti-Racism and DEAI Commitments, July 16, 1:00 p.m. CT, Mid-America Arts Alliance register here
  • Navigating Nomenclature: Using the New Online Resource for Museum Cataloging, July 16, 2:00 p.m. CT, American Association for State and Local History register here
  • Using a Standardized Tool to Understand the Visitor Experience, July 16, 2:00 p.m. CT, California Association of Museums register here
  • Website Accessibility, July 20, 11:00 a.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • Historic Sites: What Does Open Even Mean?, July 21, 10:00 a.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • Teaching and Learning About Native Americans, July 21, 22, and 23, 12:00 p.m. CT, National Museum of the American Indian register here
  • In-House Digitization vs. Outsourcing and Quality Control, July 21, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Online and Virtual Visits: No-Touch Programs in a Pandemic Context, July 22, 11:45 a.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums EdCom register here
  • Staying Agile During the Pandemic: Hints for Small Organizations, July 22, 1:00 p.m. CT, Texas Commission on the Arts register here
  • Care of Historic Silk, July 22, 1:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Teaching with Primary Sources Virtual Unconference, July 22 and 23, 12:00 p.m. CT, TPS Collective register here
  • Aligning Nonprofit Management Teams and Boards During a Crisis, July 23, 1:00 p.m. CT, Blue Avocado register here 
  • Results Presentation: Task Force to Study an Education-Related Core Document, July 28, 12:00 p.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums EdCom register here
  • Digitization Equipment Selection, July 28, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Faith in a City: Exploring Local Religious Groups through a Community Museum, July 28, 1:00 p.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • Real Fake News: On Democracy and Media in Crises, July 30, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • The Welcome Brigade: Self-Care for Front-Line Workers at Museums, August 13, 8:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Internal and External Programs: How You Can Support Sustainability at Your Museum, August 13, 1:00 p.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums register here
  • Say What? Responding to Complicated or Controversial Visitor Responses, August 27, 8:00 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
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
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
Brilliant Idea Studio
Cabinet of Curiosities
Climate & Culture
Design Thinking for Museums
Engaging Places
ExhibiTricks
The Incluseum
Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
The MuseLab
Museum Commons
Museum Geek
Museum Hack
Museum Human
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
Thinking Museum
The Uncatalogued Museum
Under Fives in Museums