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  • Recorded Webinar: Speaking Truth to Power: Why Transparency and Accountability Matter

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/26/2018

    Speaking Truth to Power: Why Transparency and Accountability Matter is an AASLH Continuing Education webinar recorded on June 26, 2018. This webinar is about the meaning and importance of organizational transparency and accountability, and offers strategies for increasing and communicating both. This webinar is presented by Anne Ackerson. This AASLH webinar is part of the StEPs Lab webinar series offered to both StEPs participants and all others interested in the topic of transparency and accountability. This is StEPs Lab 13.

    Transparency and accountability are a chosen way of organizing and running an institution, no matter its budget size. In fact, the words transparency and accountability and others like them, can be found in vision, mission, and values statements of museums large and small. Many museums embrace the ideals of openness, communication, and trustworthiness in their work. Too frequently, however, transparency and accountability get sidelined by good intentions. What do they really mean in day-to-day practice? How do they become part of an institution’s DNA so that, even in difficult times, they aren’t ignored?

    In Speaking Truth to Power: Why Transparency and Accountability Matter, guest speaker Anne Ackerson discusses the meaning and importance of organizational transparency and accountability. Anne will offer strategies for increasing and communicating both, and help participants create a transparency and accountability checklist for their organization. Ackerson, co-author with Joan H. Baldwin of the publications Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace and Leadership Matters: Conversations with History Museum Leaders is also a co-founder of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM).

    This AASLH webinar is part of the StEPs Lab webinar series offered to both StEPs participants and all others interested in the topic of transparency and accountability. Applying what you learn in a StEPs Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress. This is StEPs Lab 13. Learn more about StEPs, AASLH’s self-study, self-paced assessment program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions.  

    Details:

    DATE RECORDED: June 26, 2018

    COST: $15 Members / $30 Nonmembers

    Description and Outcomes

    Participant Outcomes:

    In this webinar, participants will learn:

    • What is meant by the terms transparency and accountability and how they impact internal and external organizational performance.
    • How transparency and accountability create a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and trustworthy organization.
    • How to assess their organization’s transparency and accountability and steps to take to increase both.
    • Strategies for communicating what they have learned about transparency and accountability to others, both internally and externally.
    • How their organization can meet transparency- and accountability-related standards and performance indicators in the StEPs program.

    Speakers:

    Anne Ackerson is an author and frequent workshop presenter, focusing on issues of board and organizational development, governance, and planning. She writes about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design. Anne is a regular presenter on issues of museum ethics, executive leadership, financial management, and board roles and responsibilities. She teaches AASLH’s Small Museum Pro! Leadership and Administration online course on museum leadership and administration. Previously, Anne served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, as director of the Museum Association of New York, and as executive director of the national Council of State Archivists. Anne is co-author with Joan H. Baldwin of Leadership Matters, a book examining history museum leadership for the 21st century, published in 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield, AASLH's publishing partner.  Anne and Joan's latest book, Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace, was published in 2017. 

  • Recorded Webinar: Steps to Environmental Sustainability

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    Steps to Environmental Sustainability is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how it’s possible to align your mission and environmental goals for the benefit of your organization. This event is presented by Sarah Sutton. This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in environmental sustainability for historic structures. This is StEPs Lab 10.

    Steps to Environmental Sustainability (StEPs Lab 10) is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how it’s possible to align your mission and environmental goals for the benefit of your organization. This event is presented by Sarah Sutton and is part of the StEPs Lab Series. Environmental sustainability offers important pathways for strengthening your organization and improving its relevance within the community. Guest speaker Sarah Sutton of Sustainable Museums begins the webinar by discussing the relationship between environmental sustainability and history museums and historic sites, and highlights the basic alignments that create positive financial and social returns. She then discusses energy audits and how to get one – hopefully for free, and then moves on to identifying environmental practices that support historic interpretation and museum operations. Sarah also discusses creating a strategy for increased environmental sustainability that aligns with your goals and strategic plan from buildings and landscapes, to community presence. There is no singular path to a green future; it is entirely tied to the mission and opportunities of your organization. Let’s see what great opportunities we can discover for your site! This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in environmental sustainability for historic structures. This is StEPs Lab 10.

  • Recorded Webinar: Take the Guesswork Out of Evaluation: How to Measure What Really Matters

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/08/2017

    Take the Guesswork Out of Evaluations: How to Measure What Really Matters (StEPs Lab 9) is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about evaluating your historic site. This event is presented by Conny Graft. This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in evaluation and audience research. This is StEPs Lab 9.

    Take the Guesswork Out of Evaluations: How to Measure What Really Matters is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about evaluating your historic site. This event is presented by Conny Graft and is part of the StEPs Lab Webinar Series. Evaluating what your organization offers its audiences is no longer a best practice reserved only for well-funded institutions. History organizations of all sizes, even those operating on a shoestring budget, can and should evaluate their programs. How else will you know whether you are meeting visitors’ expectations?

    In this webinar, guest speaker Conny Graft explains the three types of evaluation, common methods for each type (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.), and the pros and cons of each method. Next, Conny discusses the importance of identifying outcomes for your exhibit or program. Using examples from several historic sites, she demonstrates how outcomes make planning an evaluation project easier and the data/feedback more meaningful. Finally, Conny outlines the steps for planning an evaluation project and offers tips for evaluation on a limited budget.

    This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in evaluation and audience research. This is StEPs Lab 9.

    Applying what you learn in a Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress. For organizations enrolled in StEPs, the more progress you make the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates your organization earns. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and an organization that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.


  • Recorded Webinar: Telling a Good Story

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    Telling a Good Story is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about developing meaningful tours and explore creative ways guides can connect with visitors who arrive at your site with many different interests. This event is presented by Linda Norris.

    Telling a Good Story is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about developing meaningful tours and explore creative ways guides can connect with visitors who arrive at your site with many different interests. This event is presented by Linda Norris.

    “A good guided tour is a good story told well,” says guest speaker Linda Norris. What can you do to transform a guided tour from a recitation of facts into a meaningful story that connects with visitors? It’s all about research, attitude, and a commitment to engaging visitors.What tools can you use? How can volunteers, guides, or docents become a part of the development process rather than just a delivery system? What makes a good story and how do we show multiple perspectives? Learn the basics of developing meaningful tours and explore creative ways guides can connect with visitors who arrive at your site with many different interests.

    Presenter: Linda Norris, consultant and creator of the blog, “The Uncatalogued Museum.”


  • Recorded Webinar: Telling the Whole Story: Strategies for Representation from "#1 in Civil Rights"

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    Telling the Whole Story: Strategies for Representation from "#1 in Civil Rights" is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how the Missouri Historical Society developed practical techniques and strategies for telling the whole story. This event is presented by MHS’s Elizabeth Pickard.

    Telling the Whole Story: Strategies for Representation from "#1 in Civil Rights" is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how the Missouri Historical Society developed practical techniques and strategies for telling the whole story. This event is presented by MHS’s Elizabeth Pickard. Most of us understand that representation is powerfully important in museums and that history organizations have a clear responsibility to build diversity and inclusion in our exhibits and interpretation.  Yet our institutions’ past collecting choices may not have been in sync with our current aspirations for inclusion.  To bridge this gap and create the acclaimed exhibit #1 in Civil Rights the African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, Missouri Historical Society developed practical techniques and strategies for telling the whole storyThis webinar, presented by MHS’s Elizabeth Pickard, will cover the ACTivists museum theatre project, participatory field trip activities, interpreting the absence of objects, contextualizing little known episodes in our history for students, storytelling, and honoring visitor voices in adult guided experiences. Merlin Bell, an ACTivist Actor-interpreter and the Theatre Programs Assistant at the Missouri Historical Society, joins the webinar to share his perspective on the ACTivist museum theatre project and its impact on patrons and the community.

  • Recorded Webinar: The ABCs of FICs: What To Do About "Found in the Collection" Items

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    The ABCs of FICs: What To Do About "Found in the Collection" Items is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about FICs, those mysterious artifacts that show up in your collection without a signed deed of gift or other paperwork. This event is presented by Melissa Owens. This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in collections management. This is StEPs Lab 3.

    The ABCs of FICs: What To Do About "Found in the Collection" Items is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about FICs, those mysterious artifacts that show up in your collection without a signed deed of gift or other paperwork. This event is presented by Melissa Owens. What do you do with FICs? Do you accession and number them the same as permanent collection items? Where might you look for clues about their donor or lender? What do abandoned property laws have to do with FICs? And finally, why is it important for your organization to have its collections paperwork in order?

    Our guest speaker is Melissa Owens, Registrar and Exhibits Coordinator for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City. 

    This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in collections management. This is StEPs Lab 3.

    Applying what you learn in a Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates your organization earns. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and an organization that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come. 

  • Recorded Webinar: The Art of Saying 'No': Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully (2017 OLC)

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    The Art of Saying 'No': Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how to say no gracefully, why a collections policy is their ally, and how to suggest alternative homes for the items. This event is presented by Aimee E. Newell and is part of the 2017 Online Conference recordings.

    The Art of Saying 'No': Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how to say no gracefully, why a collections policy is their ally, and how to suggest alternative homes for the items. This event is presented by Aimee E. Newell and is part of the 2017 Online Conference recordings. Saying no to potential donations is a difficult part of collections work. Yet this skill is essential to maintaining relevance and sustainability. Participants will learn how to say no gracefully, why a collections policy is their ally, and how to suggest alternative homes for the items.

    Chair: Aimee E. Newell, PhD, Executive Director, Luzerne County Historical Society, Wilkes-Barre, PA

    This webinar was recorded as part of the 2017 Online Conference for the Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

  • Recorded Webinar: The How-Tos of Digital Collections Management

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    The How-Tos of Digital Collections Management is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the process of selecting which collections to digitize, policy and strategy development, and caring for digital collections regardless of whether they are born digital or reformatted. This event is presented by Leigh Grinstead. This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in collections management. This is StEPs Lab 11.

    The How-Tos of Digital Collections Management is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the process of selecting which collections to digitize, policy and strategy development, and caring for digital collections regardless of whether they are born digital or reformatted. This event is presented by Leigh Grinstead and is part of the StEPs Lab Webinar Series. This is StEPs Lab 11.

    Do your organization’s collections hold a treasure trove of photographs, correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, videos and other materials that contribute to the rich interpretation of your mission?  Many organizations are interested in digitization for collections preservation and increased access and sharing. But knowing where to begin with digitization is difficult for even the most sophisticated museum, archive or library.

    Whether your organization is new to digitization or it has been digitizing materials for years, it is critical that you have guidelines, policies and strategies in place to prioritize the work. The other issue of equal—and sometimes even larger concern—is what to do with collections that originate in digital form, known as “born digital.” How do you evaluate and assess those collections?

    Join us for the webinar, “The How-Tos of Digital Collections Management,” presented by AASLH’s StEPs program. Guest speaker Leigh Grinstead will walk us through the process of selecting which collections to digitize, policy and strategy development, and caring for digital collections regardless of whether they are born digital or reformatted. Leigh will highlight organizations that can model good practices in each of these three subject areas. She will also discuss lessons learned by organizations that made early mistakes but managed to “right the ship” and transition to a successful digitization program.

  • Recorded Webinar: Training Volunteers

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    Training Volunteers is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. This event is presented by staff from two Field Services offices.

    Training Volunteers is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. This event is presented by staff from two Field Services offices. How can we train our volunteers for projects that will help them make a difference in our organizations? And how do we make it fun and empowering while avoiding conflicts? Learn about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. This session is presented by staff from two Field Services offices and is packed with ideas for how to train volunteers and make their service a rewarding experience.

  • Recorded Webinar: Twitter for Museums and Historic Sites

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    Twitter for Museums and Historic Sites is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the use of Twitter for historic institutions. This event is presented by Hannah Hethmon.

    Twitter for Museums and Historic Sites is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the use of Twitter for historic institutions. This event is presented by Hannah Hethmon.Today, Twitter is often the first place news breaks, the best way for strangers all over the world to discuss a similar interest, a direct connection to celebrities and politicians, and many more applications. How does your organization fit into the picture? When used effectively, museums and historic sites can use Twitter to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. Ready to get started or improve your existing account? Join AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon for an in-depth lesson on Twitter for museums and historic sites.