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  • Online Course: Caring for Museum Collections (Winter 2020)

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    JAN. 27 - MAR. 22, 2020 | Caring for Museum Collections is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Rebecca Elder. This eight week practical course deals with the physical care and preservation of museum collections. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    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.

    Each week of this course contains a narrative discussion of a topic in the form of Lessons. The lessons and web-based readings, combined with your professional experiences, will provide you with a grounding in the week’s topic.

    Details

    COURSE DATES: January 27 - March 22, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - January 19, 2020; 30 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course 

    LENGTH: 8 weeks 

    PARTICIPATION: Weekly readings and exercises; Weekly forum discussions; Four real-time online chats - schedule to be determined by the instructor at the start of the course - if you are unable to attend a chat you can read the transcript and then post your thoughts/questions in the General Forum; Students should expect to spend approximately 5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern. There are no required texts for this course. All other materials will be provided.

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    After completing this course, participants will understand principles and best practices of physical care and preservation of museum collections including the following:

    • Know the major causes of deterioration for museum objects and how to use that information to enhance long-term preservation;
    • Know how to handle objects in the safest way;
    • Know how to examine and document the condition of objects in your collections;
    • Know how to display your collections in a way that prolongs their life;
    • Know how to store and house your collections in the way that best preserves them;
    • Understand the importance of environmental control for the preservation of your collections;
    • Know the best ways to clean your museum; and
    • Know how to perform a risk assessment of your museum and use it to write a disaster plan.

    Who Should Take This Course

    This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with conservation of collections. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.

    Rebecca Elder

    Rebecca Elder is an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant who helps clients find practical and achievable solutions to care for their history collections. She collaborates with libraries, museums, archives, municipalities and families to tailor preservation plans to their resources and timelines.

    In 2014, Rebecca founded Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation to provide preservation advice to clients holding history collections. Rebecca has also worked at Amigos Library Services, the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Rebecca received her MSIS and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and now is adjunct faculty at the iSchool, teaching Preservation Management and Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials.  She also serves as coordinator for the National Heritage Responders, a team of volunteer conservators and allied professionals who respond to disasters.

    Rebecca is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She also engages in professional service with the American Institute for Conservation, the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.

    Rebecca lives in Austin, TX with her four cats: Frankie, Princess Snowball, Thingy and Tucker the Most Interesting Cat In The World (@heytuckercat on Instagram). She knits obsessively, collects smashed pennies, and isn’t afraid to admit that she loves 1970s white polyester jumpsuit Elvis.  Looking to connect? Head to www.elderpreservation.com. She’ll be glad you did.

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Online Course: Collections Management (Spring 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MAR. 2 - APR. 26, 2020 | Collections Management is an AASLH Online Course presented by instructor Erin Richardson. This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    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.

    At the beginning of the course participants will be asked to select five objects from their museum to work with throughout the eight weeks. During the course, participants will be working on a collection management policy draft, and conducting some management tasks with their mini-collection objects. 

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - April 26, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: December 2, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 30 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Four one-hour online chats, participation is expected for at least two chats - chat schedule to be determined by the instructor at the start of the course - if you are unable to attend a chat you can read the transcript and then post your thoughts/questions in the General Forum; weekly readings and assignments; final course assignment. Students should expect to spend approximately 2-5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: One required text: John E. Simmons, Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies, Washington, DC: American Alliance of Museums, 2006 (ISBN 10:1-933253-03-07). Optional text: Daniel B. Reibel. Registration Methods for the Small MuseumFourth Edition, Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2008 (Paperback ISBN 978-0-7591-1131-8)  (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    By the end of this course participants will:

    • Develop a detailed draft of a Collections Policy
    • Identify a collection of objects
    • Develop a standardized set of registration records and forms including inventory, catalog, accession, and loans
    • Learn about various registration numbering systems and how to mark objects appropriately
    • Discuss issues related to collections strategies, mission, purpose, and scope of collections
    • Develop a broader understanding of legal and ethical concerns of managing collections

    Who Should Take This Course

    This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with collections management. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Online Course: Collections Management (Winter 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    JAN. 27 - MAR. 22, 2020 | Collections Management is an AASLH Online Course presented by instructor Erin Richardson. This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    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.

    At the beginning of the course participants will be asked to select five objects from their museum to work with throughout the eight weeks. During the course, participants will be working on a collection management policy draft, and conducting some management tasks with their mini-collection objects. 

    Details

    COURSE DATES: January 27 - March 22, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 26, 2019 - January 19, 2020; 30 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Four one-hour online chats, participation is expected for at least two chats - chat schedule to be determined by the instructor at the start of the course - if you are unable to attend a chat you can read the transcript and then post your thoughts/questions in the General Forum; weekly readings and assignments; final course assignment. Students should expect to spend approximately 2-5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: One required text: John E. Simmons, Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies, Washington, DC: American Alliance of Museums, 2006 (ISBN 10:1-933253-03-07). Optional text: Daniel B. Reibel. Registration Methods for the Small MuseumFourth Edition, Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2008 (Paperback ISBN 978-0-7591-1131-8)  (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    By the end of this course participants will:

    • Develop a detailed draft of a Collections Policy
    • Identify a collection of objects
    • Develop a standardized set of registration records and forms including inventory, catalog, accession, and loans
    • Learn about various registration numbering systems and how to mark objects appropriately
    • Discuss issues related to collections strategies, mission, purpose, and scope of collections
    • Develop a broader understanding of legal and ethical concerns of managing collections

    Who Should Take This Course

    This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with collections management. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.

    Dr. Erin Richardson

    Dr. Erin Richardson facilitates museums’ and cultural organizations’ capacity for mission delivery, particularly relating to art and artifact collections. With more than twenty years experience working with museum communities at Historic Cherry Hill, Fenimore Art Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum, she started a consulting firm in 2018 to assist museums in solving pressing long-term collection problems so that they may effectively serve their communities. Richardson holds a BA in American Studies from the SUNY Geneseo, a MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a PhD in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University.

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Online Course: Financial Structures and Strategy (Spring 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MAR. 2 - MAR. 29, 2020 | Financial Structures and Strategy is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Rebekah Beaulieu. Intended for those with little to moderate familiarity with financial concepts, this four-week course helps students better understand institutional finance and accountability.

    Course Description

    Intended for those with little to moderate familiarity with financial concepts, this four-week course helps students better understand institutional finance and accountability. Staff, board members, and volunteers will find this course applicable to their work within nonprofit organizations, agencies, and other structures.

    “Financial Structures and Strategy” introduces the “big ideas” of organizational financial management: functional accounting, transparency, the annual reporting process, and the relationship between finance and mission. Not only will students learn the basic structures and functions of financial oversight, they will also understand how to activate finance as a strategic tool to benefit organizational planning and evaluation.

    Over the four weeks, students participate in dynamic discussions, review relevant and timely readings, and ultimately learn how to prepare and analyze financial systems.   

    The course is divided into four weekly segments, each accompanied by an online lesson, forum, chat, and assignment:

    • Week 1: Course overview and introduction to financial systems
    • Week 2: Overview of the annual audit process and preparation of financial statements
    • Week 3: Introduction to the IRS Form 990, UBIT, and other tax considerations
    • Week 4: Strategies and recommendations for long-term institutional financial health

    Note: The Introduction to Financial Management course presented by AASLH is not required as a prerequisite for this course, though may prove useful in preparation.

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - March 29, 2020

    COST: $150 AASLH Members / $250 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 20 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course 

    LENGTH: 4 weeks 

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly real-time online office hours; weekly assignments; final course assignment; Students should expect to spend 2-5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: One required text, Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums, Rebekah Beaulieu, 2017 (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.) Students should bring real-life financial information to the course to be used in course assignments to create a budget. Students should also have access to and basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet program as it will be used extensively to complete assignments. Note: all institutional financial information will be kept confidential and shared only with the instructor. 

    Participant Outcomes

    Participation in this course will help you:   

    • Understand basic nonprofit functional accounting systems and the role of financial transparency
    • Structure and execute the annual financial reporting process
    • Analyze financial data according to mission relevance
    • Establish financial procedures to ensure financial sustainability.

    Who Should Take This Course

    Whether you have financial responsibilities at your organization, wish to build a skill set for a leadership position in the future, or simply want to better comprehend and contribute to financial decision-making, this course is for you.  

    ​Rebekah Beaulieu

    Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D. is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, an art museum, National Landmark historic house, and 13-acres of gardens and grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She serves on the faculty of AASLH’s History Leadership Institute, and is a member of the Association’s Finance Committee. Becky is also a board member of the New England Museum Association and Connecticut Humanities, and was recently appointed an AAM Accreditation Commissioner.   

    Becky is the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). She holds an M.A in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and in Arts Administration from Columbia University; she earned her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University.  

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Online Course: Introduction to Financial Management (Winter 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    JAN. 27 - FEB. 23, 2020 | Introduction to Financial Management is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Rebekah Beaulieu. This four-week course provides an introduction to financial concepts, from understanding expenses and income to how to establish an endowment. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.​

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this four-week course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts. From understanding expenses and income to how to establish an endowment, this course will equip you with a toolkit to engage with finance on your terms and to your ability.

    Over the four weeks, students will participate in dynamic discussions, review relevant and timely readings, and ultimately build a real, usable budget tailored to their organization’s needs.  

    The course is divided into four weekly segments, each accompanied by an online lesson, forum, chat, and assignment:

    • Week One: Introduction to financial terminology and reporting systems
    • Week Two: Understanding earned, contributed, and investment income; UBIT
    • Week Three: Understanding expenses, cost projections and analysis
    • Week Four: The relationship between finance and mission relevance; financial health

    Details

    COURSE DATES: January 27 - February 23, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - January 19, 2020; 20 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 4 weeks 

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly assignments; final course assignment; elective participation in online real-time chats. Students should expect to spend 2-5 hours per week on the course. 

    MATERIALS: One required text, Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums, Rebekah Beaulieu, 2017 (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.) Students should bring real-life financial information to the course to be used in course assignments to create a budget. Students should also have access to and basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet program as it will be used extensively to complete assignments. Note: all institutional financial information will be kept confidential and shared only with the instructor. 

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    At the end of this course you will:  

    • Understand processes related to budgets and basic financial systems in accordance with best practices  
    • Understand institutional financial planning, goal-setting, and analysis  
    • Bridge mission- and non-mission-based activities with financial outcomes 
    • Feel more comfortable and better equipped to create operational and special project budgets

    Who Should Take This Course

    Whether you have financial responsibilities at your organization, wish to build a skill set for a leadership position in the future, or simply want to better comprehend and contribute to financial decision-making, this course is for you.  

    ​Rebekah Beaulieu

    Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D. is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, an art museum, National Landmark historic house, and 13-acres of gardens and grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She serves on the faculty of AASLH’s History Leadership Institute, and is a member of the Association’s Finance Committee. Becky is also a board member of the New England Museum Association and Connecticut Humanities, and was recently appointed an AAM Accreditation Commissioner.   

    Becky is the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). She holds an M.A in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and in Arts Administration from Columbia University; she earned her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University.  

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Online Course: Leadership and Administration for History Organizations (Spring 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MAR. 2 - APR. 26, 2020 | Leadership and Administration for History Organizations is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Anne Ackerson. This eight-week 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. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.​

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    History museum leadership is more complex and demanding than ever before, requiring updated and innovative ways to meet mission and keep organizations healthy. Thoughtful, intentional museum administration and leadership matters, regardless of the size or focus of your organization.

    During the eight weeks of this course, modules addressing governance and administrative structures, nonprofit status and the public trust, mission and vision, the relationship between board and staff, including their roles and responsibilities; strategic planning, human resource development and management, and leadership will be covered. 

    The course is divided into eight weekly segments and includes a combination of topical reading assignments and related weekly assignments and online chats. A final course assignment is due the last week of class.

    • Week 1: Course overview; an inside look at nonprofits, public trust and governance
    • Week 2: Museum Boards, Their Roles, Responsibilities, Expectations, and Their Relationship to Museum Staff
    • Week 3: The Importance of Museum Vision and Mission
    • Week 4:  Administrative and Management Responsibilities, Relationships, Structures, Systems and Networks
    • Week 5:  Human Resource Management – Building Effective Teams and Mentoring
    • Week 6:  Why Leadership Matters, At All Levels
    • Week 7:  Charting Your Museum’s Future and Measuring Effectiveness
    • Week 8:  Putting It All Together: Where the Field is Heading and How You Fit In

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - April 26, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 20 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly one-hour online chats (schedule to be determined based on student availability); weekly assignments; final course assignment. Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: Two required texts: Leadership Matters: Leading Museums in an Age of Discord, Second Edition, Anne W. Ackerson and Joan H. Baldwin, 2019 and Museum Administration 2.0, Hugh H. Genoways and Lynne M. Irleland, Revised by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, 2016. (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    After completing this course, participants will understand principles and best practices of Leadership and Administration including the following:

    • the public trust role and governance structure of most nonprofit museums;
    • the importance of museum mission, vision, change, and strategic planning;
    • the major administrative and leadership roles and responsibilities of the board and staff;
    • the key issues in human resource management, including building effective teams
    • why leadership matters at all levels;
    • charting your museum’s future and measuring effectiveness; and
    • where the museum field is heading in the future.

    Who Should Take This Course

    Successful participants will be individuals in institutional leadership positions at the staff, board, and volunteer levels (where volunteers supervise others), who have significant decision-making responsibilities and who have the ability to affect positive, substantive change within their organizations.  This course is not appropriate for students, interns, or volunteers who do not have managerial responsibilities. We recommend that only one person per institution take this course at a time. To read about a participant’s experience, take a look at this blog post by a Leadership and Administration student: Leadership Matters At Every Level.

    Anne Ackerson

    In a career spanning three decades, Anne Ackerson has served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, the director of the Museum Association of New York, and now currently serves as the executive director of the National Council of State Archivists.

    In 1997 Anne began an independent consulting practice focusing on organizational development issues for the smaller nonprofit cultural institution. She writes regularly about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design. She is a frequent workshop/webinar presenter on issues of museum ethics, executive leadership, financial management, and board roles and responsibilities. In addition to teaching this course, she developed curriculum materials and a webinar on strategic planning for the American Association of State and Local History’s StEPS program, a national standards program for history museums.

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Online Course: Museum Education and Outreach (Spring 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MAR. 2 - APR. 26, 2020 | Museum Education and Outreach is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Tanya Brock. This eight-week course online course teaches participants how they can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.​

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are engaging, dynamic places of education. This AASLH online course, Museum Education and Outreach, is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. The program looks at the larger umbrella of programming at sites and explores the large concept of who our audiences are, how best to connect with them, and what is needed to develop various methods.

    This course requires regular check-ins, sharing and commenting on peer work, and participation in scheduled live chats. Participants will help shape the flow of the course in addition to providing resources and insights on each other’s work. Assignments are made weekly to allow for regular feedback and dialogue. While work can be done at your own pace, meeting deadlines is encouraged to maximize the experience. Throughout the course you will develop a toolkit of strategies, policies, and documents ready for immediate implementation.

    • Week 1: Defining the Museum / Museums and Memory
    • Week 2: Interpretation Strengths, Weaknesses, and Best Practices
    • Week 3: Audiences and Identifying Your Key Ones
    • Week 4: Education Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
    • Week 5: Organizing of Museum Education and Outreach
    • Week 6: Community Partners and Funding
    • Week 7: Leading Staff and Volunteers
    • Week 8: Action Plan for Future Programming at your Museum

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - April 26, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 25 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Bi-weekly one-hour online chats - schedule to be determined by the instructor at the start of the course - if you are unable to attend a chat you can read the transcript and then post your thoughts/questions in the General Forum; weekly readings and assignments; final course assignment. Students should expect to spend approximately 5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: One required text: The Museum Educator's Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques, Second Edition, Anna Johnson, Kimberly A. Huber, Nancy Cutler, Melissa Bingmann and Tim Grove, 2017. (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    At the end of this course you will be able to:

    • describe the characteristics and learning needs of various museum audiences;
    • summarize what we know about learning in museums;
    • assess the strengths and weaknesses of interpretive techniques and program approaches;
    • utilize a system for planning, operating, and evaluating museum educational programs;
    • access resources to assist you in future development of effective learning experiences

    Who Should Take This Course

    This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with developing education programs and goals for museums. Successful participants should be ready to look past traditional methods and challenge themselves to work around site-specific hurdles.

    Tanya Brock

    Tanya Brock is one who tends to take leaps and jumps rather than the straight path. Her career has spanned museum education, visitor services, exhibit planning, historical research, educational program consultant, and community partner liaison. Whether teaching food preservation classes or designing and running the nation’s first functioning historical brewery or running a brewpub co-op, her passion has always been centered on food—its power to unite and act as a storyteller for communities.

    Her education is a patchwork of cultural anthropology, food preservation, heritage interpretation, and museum administration. This background has built a foundation of various perspectives from which she draws from when designing programs. Over a 20-year period she has worked with audiences of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds yet believes at the end of the day, it is the guest who drives the conversation and the experience.

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  • Recorded Webinar: 2014 OLC - Museum Management Tune Up Webinar

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    Museum Management Tune Up Webinar is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about new skills in employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships. This event is presented by Trevor Jones and Linnea Grim and is part of the 2014 Online Conference recordings.

    Museum Management Tune Up Webinar is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about new skills in employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships. This event is presented by Trevor Jones and Linnea Grim and is part of the 2014 Online Conference recordings. Are you as good of a manager as you want to be? Could you use a refresher on how good management techniques can improve the productivity of your history organization’s paid and unpaid staff? Join us for a practical webinar geared toward history professionals that will help you learn new skills in employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships.

    Don’t expect management theory – Trevor and Linnea will provide real world practical tools and specific concrete examples of behaviors participants can use today in historic sites and museums to create healthier, more productive, and happier work environments. 

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    Trevor Jones, Director, Museum Collections and Exhibitions, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY 

    Linnea Grim, Hunter J, Smith Director of Education and Visitor Programs, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.

  • Recorded Webinar: 2016 OLC - Breaking the Mold: Reimagining Traditional Museum Collections

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    Breaking the Mold: Reimagining Traditional Museum Collections is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how three institutions are rethinking how they operate in order to reach new audiences, maintain relevancy, and create advocates for history. This event is presented by Alexandra Rasic and was part of the 2016 Online Conference.

    Breaking the Mold: Reimagining Traditional Museum Collections is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how three institutions are rethinking how they operate in order to reach new audiences, maintain relevancy, and create advocates for history. This event is presented by  Alexandra Rasic and was part of the 2016 Online Conference. From tweaking programming to breaking the operational mold, ideas and tips will be shared to inspire staff at institutions large and small.

    Chair: Alexandra Rasic, Director of Public Programs, Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA 

    This webinar was recorded as part of the 2016 Online Conference for the Annual Meeting in Detroit, MI.