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  • Online Course: Basics of Archives (Jul 2019)

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    Basics of Archives is an AASLH Continuing Education online course July 1 - July 26, 2019 hosted in the online classroom. This online course is about caring for historical records. This online course is taught by Charles Arp. The recently 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.

    Basics of Archives is an AASLH Continuing Education online course July 1 - July 26, 2019 hosted in the online classroom. This online course is about caring for historical records. This online course is taught by Charles Arp. The recently 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.

    Details

    DATES: July 1 - July 26, 2019

    COST: $85 members/$160 nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: January 31 - June 21, 2019

    Course Logistics:

    FORMAT: Online, self-paced course.

    LENGTH: 4 weeks; 15-20 hours to be completed anytime during the four-week course period (dates above).

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Online chat. There are no required times to be online.

    MATERIALS: There are no required texts for this course. All materials will be provided.

    GRADING: Pass/Fail. You must complete all exams within the allotted four weeks in order to pass the course.

    Description & Outcomes:

    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.

    The course consists of seven lessons:

    • Archives and Archivists
    • Acquiring Your Collections
    • Processing Collections
    • Housing Your Collections
    • Access and Outreach
    • Digital Records
    • Digitization

    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 archival materials.

    Instructor:

    Charlie Arp has a BA and MA in history from Ohio University where he specialized in archival studies. From 1991 to 2003 he worked at the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) where he held a variety of positions including archival processor, reference archivist, Head of Reference, Assistant State Archivist and State Archivist. As Assistant State Archivist he was the digital projects coordinator and he formed and chaired the Ohio Electronic Records Committee, an interdisciplinary group formed to draft electronic records policy, guidelines, and best practices for state and local governments in Ohio.  As State Archivist he was a senior level manager responsible for the planning, coordination, and administration of the operations of the State Archives including the Local Government Records program and the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor Archives/Library.

    In 2003 Charlie was hired by the Battelle Memorial Institute as Enterprise Content Manager. At Battelle Charlie pioneered managing electronic records in lieu of paper records. Charlie also supervised the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) archives. GLP records fall under FDA regulations to ensure that the records documenting scientific research for substances put in or on humans are created reliably and maintained authentically over time. In 2015 Charlie tested and validated the use of an electronic management program to enable Battelle to create, manage, preserve and use electronic records as part of submissions to the FDA.

    In early 2016 Charlie accepted an offer for early retirement from Battelle. Since then he has started an archival and records management consulting firm and is writing a book on archives.

    Participant Feedback

    “This course was exactly what we need to improve our rather small Collection and take it to another step. Thanks for all of the ideas and information. I am especially impressed with how well the course is organized and presented online. The site was very well thought out and presented no problems for me – a slightly challenged computer geek-wanna be.”

    “This was a marvelous course and now I have confidence that I can do the work: material to reference and people to communicate with as needed.”

    “I just wanted to say thank you for having this course.  It has really helped me decide what direction I want to make my education in and had definitely helped me with some of the smaller preservation jobs I take on at the library.”

  • Online Course: Caring for Museum Collections (Apr - Jun 2019)

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    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.

    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. Lessons are must-reads. Lessons, along with readings from the two course books and the handouts, combined with your professional experiences, will provide you with a grounding in the week’s topic.

    Participant Outcomes

    After completing this course, participants will understand principles and best practices of physical care and preservation of your 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.

    Logistics

    COURSE DATES: April 29 - June 23, 2019

    COST: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION:March 5 -  April 22, 2019; 30 person limit

    Details

    FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course.

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly forum discussions, assignments

    MATERIALS: There are no required texts for this course. All materials will be provided.

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    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.

    Instructor

    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.

  • Online Course: Introduction to Financial Management (May - Jun 2019)

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    Introduction to Financial Management is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Rebeka 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.​

    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 case studies and readings, and ultimately build a real, usable budget tailored to their organization’s needs.  

    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 

    Sample Curriculum

    • Week 1: Course overview, introduction to financial terms and definitions, explanation of income and expenses
    • Week 2: Overview of budgets including maintenance and evaluation, financial systems and structures
    • Week 3: The relationship between financial systems and mission, UBIT, and introduction to restricted and unrestricted funds
    • Week 4: Next steps for budgets, the right financial questions to ask and when to ask them

    Texts Used 

    Required: 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.

    Details

    COURSE DATES: May 28 – June  25, 2019

    COST: $150 Members / $250 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: March 5 - May 22, 2019; 20 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course 

    LENGTH: 4 weeks 

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly real-time online chats (schedule to be determined based on student availability); weekly assignments; final course assignment 

    MATERIALS: One recommended text; students should bring real-life financial information to the course to be used in course assignments to create a budget. 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.

    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. Participants  

    Instructor

    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 >span class="TextRun SCXW175450672 BCX0" xml:lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US"> 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.  

  • Online Course: Leadership and Administration for History Organizations (Jul - Aug 2019)

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    Leadership and Administration for History Organizations is an AASLH Continuing Education online course on July 1 - August 23, 2019. This online course is about history museum leadership. This online course is taught by Anne Ackerson.

    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.

    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.

    Details

    DATES: July 1 - August 23, 2019

    COST: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: January 31 - June 21, 2019; 20 Person Limit

    Logistics:

    FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks; 3-4 hours per week

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly one-hour online chats (schedule to be determined based on student availability); weekly assignments; final course assignment

    MATERIALS: Two required texts (see "Texts Used," below)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Description & Outcomes:

    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 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.

    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.

    Sample Curriculum

    • 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

    Texts Used (sold separately)

    Required Texts:

    Anne W. Ackerson and Joan Baldwin, Leadership Matters, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759121850/Leadership-Matters

    Hugh H. Genoways and Lynne M. Ireland (revised by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko), Museum Administration 2.0, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442255524/Museum-Administration-2.0

    Who Should Attend:

    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.

    Instructor

    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.

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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. 

    Presenters:

    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.

  • Recorded Webinar: 2016 OLC - Deconstructing "Safe Space"

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    Deconstructing "Safe Space" is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about taking a critical look at "safe space" as a buzzword and its implications on interpretation. This event is presented by Maggie Schmidt and was part of the 2016 Online Conference.

    Deconstructing "Safe Space" is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about taking a critical look at "safe space" as a buzzword and its implications on interpretation. This event is presented by Maggie Schmidt and was part of the 2016 Online Conference. The concept of “safe space” is often summoned as historical institutions approach challenging topics on race, politics, and identity. But what does “safety” actually look or feel like? Should institutions create experiences in which visitors feel unsafe? We’ll take a critical look at this buzzword and its implications on interpretation.

    Chair: Maggie Schmidt, Senior Exhibit Developer, 106 Group, St. Paul, MN

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

  • Recorded Webinar: 2016 OLC - Intentional Inclusion: Developing a D&I Strategy for Your Organization

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    Intentional Inclusion: Developing a D&I Strategy for Your Organization is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about developing a strategy for diversity and inclusion at your historic site. This event is presented by Chris Taylor and was part of the 2016 Online Conference.

    Intentional Inclusion: Developing a D&I Strategy for Your Organization is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about developing a strategy for diversity and inclusion at your historic site. This event is presented by Chris Taylor and was part of the 2016 Online Conference. As demographics in the country continue to become more diverse, museums must create new systems to be more inclusive organizations. Developing a strategy for inclusion can help history organizations efficiently create new patterns of behavior that are inclusive and supportive of all types of diversity.

    Chair: Chris Taylor, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN

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

  • Recorded Webinar: 2016 OLC - Strangelove: How to Stop Worrying and Start Fundraising

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    Strangelove: How to Stop Worrying and Start Fundraising is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about fundraising and exploring how staff and volunteers at organizations of all sizes can advance their mission with better understanding of the fund development process. This event is presented by Jamie Simek and was part of the 2016 Online Conference.

    Strangelove: How to Stop Worrying and Start Fundraising is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about fundraising and exploring how staff and volunteers at organizations of all sizes can advance their mission with better understanding of the fund development process. This event is presented by Jamie Simek and was part of the 2016 Online Conference. Fundraising is critical to nonprofit work, but it isn’t exclusively reserved for executive directors, development staff, and board committees. This discussion will demystify fundraising and explore how staff and volunteers at organizations of all sizes can advance their mission with better understanding of the fund development process.

    Chair: Jamie Simek, Fundraising Educator - Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN

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