Professional Development

Opportunities for California museum workers

Updated July 5, 2019

AAM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR

Hosted by the American Alliance of Museums and other museum service organizations, this calendar lists opportunities for museum professionals.

 

NEW TOOL FOR CHANGEMAKERS NOW AVAILABLE: BAY AREA EQUITY ATLAS The Bay Area Equity Atlas is a comprehensive data support system to track the state of equity across the region and inform solutions for inclusive prosperity as well as policy solutions and stories.

 

NEW REQUIRED HARASSMENT TRAINING FOR ALL STAFF Last year the California legislature passed SB 1343 expanding the requirement for who has to be trained on sexual (and other) harassment issues, largely in response to the #MeToo movement. Previously, only supervisors had to take the training, and it was only required for organizations with 50 or more staff. Now, it is required for all employees in organizations with 5 or more paid staff. The required training has to be completed by the end of 2019.

 

REPORT NOW AVAILABLE: RACE TO LEAD: WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR

This report reveals that women of color encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement over and above the barriers faced by white women and men of color. Education and training are not the solution—women of color with high levels of education are more likely to be in administrative roles and are more likely to report frustrations about inadequate and inequitable salaries.

 

FREE DOWNLOAD: TRANSGENDER INCLUSION TOOLKIT FROM AAM LGBTQ ALLIANCE TASK FORCE The AAM LGBTQ Alliance’s Task Force for Transgender Inclusion recently released the Gender Transition and Transgender Inclusion in the Museum Workplace: A Toolkit for Trans Individuals, Institutions, and Coworkers. This expansive set of guides approaches trans inclusion from various perspectives in an approachable and easy-to-understand format.

 

WEBINARS: UPCOMING LUNCH & LEARN OPPORTUNITIES WITH CAM - JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2019 Join CAM for our free Lunch & Learn webinar series, with topics this summer such as decolonizing Native American museum interpretation, utilizing scrappy technology solutions, and creating responsive spaces through exhibitions.  

  

WORKSHOP: COLLECTIONS CAMP: MILITARY COLLECTIONS – JULY 10–12 (TACOMA, WASHINGTON) Do you have military artifacts in your museum collection? This two-and-a-half-day workshop will focus on the care, conservation, and exhibition of military artifacts in museum collections. Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be better stewards of your military history collection.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PUBLIC HISTORY 2020 ANNUAL MEETING – APPLY BY JULY 15 The National Council on Public History is in the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are planning on capping the party off with our 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Proposals for the conference (March 18-21, 2020) with the theme “Threads of Change” will be due July 15.

 

WEBINAR: PREVENTIVE CONSERVATION AND THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENT – JULY 25 Registration is now open for two hour-long webinars designed for institutions beginning an environmental management program. The first webinar, at 2PM on July 25, will provide an overview on preventive conservation, including how to identify and protect the most vulnerable objects from different sources of deterioration, and then focus on the role of the environment. The second webinar, at 2PM on August 15, will cover understanding how the environment is created, what options may be possible for control, and where potential issues may exist. These webinars are being offered with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and have no cost to participants.

 

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR: MUSEUMS FOR ALL – JULY 25 Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access? Join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on July 25 to learn more about how and why 400 museums participate in the program.

 

LIVE WEBINAR: CHOOSING A COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – JULY 30 Is your organization planning on acquiring a Collections Management System (CMS)? This webinar will help you plan the process whether you are acquiring a CMS for the first time or changing to a new one. You’ll learn about the important steps in putting together an RFP and how to prepare for a transition into a new system.

 

ONLINE COURSE: CARING FOR MUSEUM COLLECTIONS – STARTS AUGUST 5 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.

 

WEBINAR: EVALUATING COLLECTIONS SPACES – AUGUST 15 Registration is now open for two hour-long webinars designed for institutions beginning an environmental management program. The first webinar, at 2PM on July 25, will provide an overview on preventive conservation, including how to identify and protect the most vulnerable objects from different sources of deterioration, and then focus on the role of the environment. The second webinar, at 2PM on August 15, will cover understanding how the environment is created, what options may be possible for control, and where potential issues may exist. These webinars are being offered with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and have no cost to participants.

 

AASLH ANNUAL MEETING – AUGUST 28–31 (PHILADELPHIA) Each year, 1,000 public history professionals and volunteers gather at the American Association for State and Local History for four days of learning, collaboration, networking, and inspiration. A complimentary Online Conference runs during the Annual Meeting.

 

AAM MUSEUM ACCREDITATION PROGRAM – DEADLINE OCTOBER 1

Museums benefit from both the status and the process of accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Different benefits emerge from each step of the review cycle and continue to unfold over the long-term. AAM reviews applications on a rolling basis, with the next deadline approaching on October 1.

 

WMA 2019 ANNUAL MEETING – OCTOBER 4–7 (BOISE, IDAHO) The Western Museums Association's 2019 Annual Meeting takes place in Boise, Idaho on October 4-7 and is held in partnership with the Idaho Association of Museums. With the theme of ENGAGE, WMA 2019 will focus on the ways museums engage with their communities, staff, and other museums.

 

JFKU MUSEUM STUDIES FUNDAMENTALS ONLINE PROGRAM

CAM and John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies present a new online Museum Studies Fundamentals program. For questions about the courses or to receive more information about the program, contact Susan Spero at sspero@jfku.edu

Summer 2019 Course:

Strategy and Planning (Michelle Powers)
Credit Hours: 12, Starts July 1
Through engaging lectures, insightful readings, and a platform for robust dialogue with instructor and classmates, this 12-week course provides an overview of current business practices in museums with an emphasis on governance and planning for organizational success. Students who have taken the class note that the content was immediately applicable for work they do for their own museums, and changed how they approach their museum thinking.

Michelle Powers is a fundraising and leadership consultant with 15 years of experience working for institutions such as Tufts University, Stanford Law School, History San José, and the Fleet Science Center. Her specialties including development/membership, marketing/social media, employee engagement, and career development.

MUSEUM FUNDAMENTALS REGISTRATION DISCOUNT FOR CAM MEMBERS
CAM members receive 15% off registration - save $262 on the entire series! Each course costs $297.50 for CAM members or $350 for non-members. Contact CAM at admin@calmuseums.org to receive your discount.