The following list includes webinars and online courses discussing a variety of topics that could benefit our partners! Know of any opportunities that are not listed but should be? Let us know! Contact Youth and Education Coordinator Lexi Ray.


JANUARY 2018

Webinar 
Practical Nuts & Bolts Strategies: Day-to-Day Protection of Small Museums 
American Alliance of Museums
January 16
2-3:30pm (Eastern)  

Are you responsible for security & safety at your institution (just one of the many hats that you wear)? Like most of us, do you have extremely limited budgetary and “manpower” constraints for mitigating threats? This session will address critical day-to-day security concerns, and provide valuable low-cost or no-cost tools for protecting staff, visitors, and collections. Topics will include: Hiring the Right People (including volunteers), Best Practices for Employee Screening, All-Staff Security Awareness, Protection Policies & Procedures, Preventing Internal & External Theft (including prevention of vandalism), Entry Screening for Small Museums, Access Control Considerations (including Key Control), Conflict Resolution & Confrontation De-Escalation, and Best Practices in Securing Collections on Exhibit and in Storage.


Webinar
Making History Relevant
American Association for State and Local History
January 19
3-4:30pm (Eastern)

Why are we still talking about this?” “You get paid to do that?” “You need a degree for that?” Every history person knows that history – in theory, study, and practice – is often undervalued or discredited as irrelevant. We also know that “history” is truly inseparable from the “present.” AASLH’s own John Dichtl is a founding member of the History Relevance (HR) initiative, a group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today. Join us for a discussion of how history can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories, and ideas of the past with those that are important and meaningful to audiences today.



Online Course 
Leadership and Administration in History Organizations
American Association for State and Local History

January 22- March 23
Administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. This online course covers governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership.

 

 

Online Course 
Developing Exhibitions (Two Part Course) 
American Association for State and Local History

January 22- March 23
This two-part class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors. You’ll learn a lot from your classmates – from their own experiences and from the resources that they share with all of us. And you’ll learn the best way: by doing – you will develop an actual exhibit over the course of the class. Both parts of this course must be taken in order to receive a certificate of completion and fulfill the requirements of the Small Museum Pro! series. Part 2: July 23-September 21, 2018. 

Webinar 
Caring for Paper Collections
American Association for State and Local History

January 23
3-4:15pm (Eastern) 

Paper artifacts are sensitive materials that require special housing to ensure their longevity. This webinar will examine suitable housing supplies, environmental parameters for storage, proper labeling techniques, and safe handling techniques. Common issues with condition and identification of different types of damage will also be discussed.


Online Course
Collections Management

American Association for State and Local History
January 29 - March 30
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.

Webinar
Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture
American Association for State and Local History
January 30
3-4:30pm (Eastern) 

Farm to fork – Community Supported Agriculture – Locally sourced foods. Any AASLH member can find ways to connect their institution to these hot topics. Presenters in this webinar share their successes in linking site-specific and culturally distinct stories to the big topic of agriculture. They show that place matters, that nature and the environment provide a foundation to interpret farming, and that institutions from historic houses and historical societies to metro parks (rural, urban, and suburban) have the resources to engage their audiences in “agriculture.” Each attendee will have access to the same questions that presenters addressed as they prepared for the webinar. Webinar attendees can use these questions to launch their own agriculture interpretation.

 
FEBRUARY 2018

Webinar 
New Member Orientation
American Association for State and Local History
February 7
3 – 4:15 pm (Eastern) 
Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members.


Webinar
Managing Resources for Collections Storage Projects: Strategic Planning to Completion 
American Alliance of Museums
February 15
2-3:30pm (Eastern) 

Collection storage project success is determined by alignment with larger strategic goals. Those planned as collections growth, access and preservation projects succeed while those approached as a building project fail. The resources required for each are completely different and impact the project definition in early planning, the internal consensus required and the financial resources needed (for the project and future operations). This session will present an overview of what project criteria and information should be known at each phase (strategic planning to completion) to properly inform the early budgets (which will be remembered by the board). Learn how input from internal stakeholders changes from predesign (problem definition) to design (project solution). This link of goals, scope definition and resource allocation will support a smoother process and the outcomes envisioned during strategic planning.

Webinar 
Interpreting Difficult History: Histories of Slavery, Violence, and Oppression
American Association for State and Local History
February 15
3-4:15pm (Eastern)

How do history workers engage audiences in learning about difficult histories? These are the tough stories. These are the recollections from history that can be upsetting, uncomfortable and at times even shocking to learn. This session will involve participants in learning about how to develop and deliver interpretations of difficult histories with strategies that are sensitive and offer ethical representations of historical Others. Historical representations of difficult histories can go beyond informing audiences by encouraging audience members to empathize deeply with the historical suffering of Others and to be encouraged to make meaningful connections to those who suffered and how their suffering is meaningful to society today.

Join Julia Rose as she leads a discussion based on participants’ front line experiences working with visitors and fellow history workers in working through difficult histories. We will talk about how the narratives we use to interpret slavery, war, and mass violence can be met with resistances, challenges and expressions of disbelief from our audiences. We will briefly discuss why difficult histories matter and why they feel upsetting and uncomfortable. We will discuss sensitive methods to encourage resistant learners to reconsider the tough stories that are not only important histories to recall but can be used to motivate feelings of historical empathy as part of social justice education.

Webinar
Policies and Procedures for Deaccessioning
American Association for State and Local History

February 21st
3 – 4:30 pm Eastern
This webinar will examine the necessary components of an effective deaccessioning policy, including options for removal, ethical considerations, broad-level legal concerns (not from a legal professional!), and general best practices. Options for dealing with items such as found-in-collections and abandoned property will also be addressed.



Online Course
Basics of Archives
American Association for State and Local History
February 26 - March 30
The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.


MARCH 2018

Webinar
New Member Orientation
American Association for State and Local History

March 7
3 – 4:15 pm (Eastern)
Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members.


Webinar
Cultural Heritage and Climate Change: Science, Threats, and Opportunity
American Association for State and Local History
March 8th
3- 4:30 pm (Eastern)
Sarah Sutton leads a discussion of the field’s most common climate change related challenges, and the tools being used to become resilient in the face of such sweeping change. Two guest presenters will describe how their work has already been seriously impacted by climate change. They discuss their perspectives, experiences, and solutions for managing the intersection between cultural heritage and climate change.

Online Course 
Museum Education and Outreach
American Association for State and Local History
March 25 - May 26
At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are educational organizations. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums.


APRIL 2018

Online Course
Caring for Museum Collections

American Association for State and Local History
April 16- June 15
This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.


JUNE 2018

Webinar 
Is Your Museum Grant Ready?
American Association for State and Local History
June 4th
3 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Sarah Sutton offers a guide to self-assessing your institution’s grant-readiness and steps for bringing yourselves up to par. This 75-minute workshop reviews the institutional structures, policies, information, and practices that make museums competitive in the grants game. This webinar is adapted from Sarah’s new book of the same title.




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