Events Hosted by Maine Archives & Museums

MAM Conference 2011 Maine Memory Network MAM Workshop at the L.C. Bates Museum MAM Board Meeting, July 2011 Sponsor table at MAM Conference 2011 

Maine Archives and Museums offers professional development workshops, an annual conference, and other events, often in collaboration with local collecting institutions.

Most events are recorded and recordings are made available to those who register. Check the individual event descriptions or email info@mainemuseums.org to confirm.

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Upcoming MAM events

    • 01 Jul 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 79
    Register

    Accessioning Newspapers

    The Ins, the Outs, and Everything Between


    This workshop will walk through the steps from accessioning newspapers through digitizing them and making them accessible to the public. It is designed for everyone who works with newspapers or is thinking about processing a newspaper collection for their museum or archive. The presenter will explain and show with pictures the processes that she uses to accession a newspaper collection.

    There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions.

    This event will be recorded and the recording will be shared with all registrants, regardless of whether or not they attended.


    Your Presenter


    Gretchen Clark works at the Maine State Library under the National Digital Newspaper Project through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. Her duties include digitizing and creating metadata for newspapers. She also works with many different historical societies throughout Maine, offering guidance and help with digitization projects. She holds a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Archiving and Imaging Technology from the University of North Texas. Her passion for newspapers and history shows through her tremendous work ethic, as does her dedication to expanding the knowledge of others as well as her own. When she’s not working, she enjoys being out in nature and appreciating her state that she truly loves.


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through July 1. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    The fee for members is $20.  Non-members pay $30.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 25 Aug 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 90
    Register

    Planning Your Podcast


    Podcasts are a great digital platform to leverage the unique assets in your collection and elevate voices in your community. In this 60-minute virtual workshop, Emily Kotecki, a museum podcaster and museum learning consultant, will lead participants in exploring the foundations and best practices of planning a podcast. This webinar will be best suited for those interested in or already creating a podcast for their institution. No equipment needed; just bring your ideas, imagination, and creativity!

    A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants.


    Your Presenter


    Emily Kotecki is a museum learning consultant and podcaster based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She recently published a free, downloadable guide called The Distance Learning Workbook: A Launch Guide for Museums. She is also the host and producer of both the Microsoft Libraries and Museums Podcast and her own podcast, Museum Buzz. Prior to consulting, she created award-winning distance learning programs and interpretive tools at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Her career began in political journalism at The Washington Post, where she hosted daily political podcast and weekly show on XM-Sirius Radio. Emily holds a master’s degree in museum education from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from American University..


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through August 25. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Registration for MAM members is $25.  Non-members pay $40.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 14 Sep 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 40
    Register

    Museum Ethics

    An Exploration of New Approaches


    In our rapidly changing world museums and archives face increasing demands to engage with complex ethical issues that go beyond a simple "right and wrong." Museum ethics is among the most pivotal concerns of museum and archives professionals in the twenty-first century and is central to all areas of their work. However, the predominant twentieth-century approach to ethics as professional practice, which relies on ethics codes alone, revised perhaps once a decade and authored by like-minded individuals, behind closed doors, has proven to be a constraining factor, rather than an enabling process. For museums and archives to reach their transformative potential as agents of change, they must embed in their very fabric a changing concept of museum ethics.

    Janet’s presentation argues for a revitalization of museum ethics that is founded on the confluence of ethics codes, values and case studies. It also asserts that all practitioners have ethics expertise—built from the many large and small ethical decisions that they make every day that impact their family, friends and communities—from which they can draw.

    Through problem-based learning exercises, Janet’s workshop offers opportunities to explore how codes, values and case studies together empower individuals and colleagues to engage in ethics discourse leading to informed and responsive ethical decision-making.

    • What codes do we rely on and how? How are and aren’t they helpful? 
    • How might values provide another complementary level of guidance? What values might we embrace and why? How are values distinct from principles? 
    • What role should case studies play in ethics discourse and action? How might interdisciplinary case studies--beyond the archives and museum sector--be relevant?

    This event will be recorded and the recording will be shared with all registrants, regardless of whether or not they attended.


    Your Presenter


    Janet Marstine is Honorary Associate Professor of Museum Studies (retired), University of Leicester, UK. She has published five books on diverse aspects of museum ethics--from codes of practice to museum transparency to negotiating the pressures of self-censorship to artists’ interventions as drivers for ethical change. She has a particular interest in recognizing and supporting the agency of practitioners to make informed ethical decisions. Dr. Marstine sat on the Ethics Committee of the UK’s Museums Association from 2014-2019, helping to move their approach from one of policing to empowering. Previously, she was Founding Director of the Institute of Museum Ethics at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She has received grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Janet’s first teaching position was at Bowdoin College where she made lifelong friends and fell in love with the Maine coast. She is now an independent scholar and consultant living in Yarmouth.


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through September 14. Attendance is limited to 40 people; register soon to save your spot!

    The fee for members is $20.  Non-members pay $30.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 18 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Online
    • 90
    Register

    The Maine State Archivist

    Who, What, Why


    Join Susie R. Bock and Pat Burdick for a Zoom conversation with Kate McBrien, the new Maine State Archivist. Learn about the position and McBrien's plans and vision for the future. Following the interview, there will be time for questions, comments, and discussion.

    Kate McBrien was appointed as Maine State Archivist in March 2021, after serving a year in the position as the Deputy Secretary of State for Archives. As curator of the award winning exhibition “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives,” Kate continues to serve as historian for the Malaga Island community. She previously held positions as Chief Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Maine Historical Society and as the Curator of Historic Collections for the Maine State Museum. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a BA in British history from the University of New Hampshire. She began her career in the history field as an intern at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC where she helped to reunite family members. Kate brings to her current position at the Archives a passion for making history accessible and a deep knowledge of Maine’s history.

    A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants.


    Leading the discussion


    Susie R. Bock, Coordinator of University of Southern Maine Special Collections, came to USM in 1999 to build that department. A graduate of Bates College, Bock earned a MS in European History and MLS majoring in archival management from Columbia University. Positions at Yale’s Beinecke Library and the University of Colorado at Boulder honed her technical services skills. Her work building collections of primary sources preserving the story of underrepresented communities, the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, has meant developing public programming to engage communities and educate the public—many of which can be viewed on USM's digital commons.



    Pat Burdick, Assistant Director for Colby College Special Collections & Archives, has been working with Colby's rare and unique materials for over 20 years. She received her MLS degree with an archival concentration from Simmons College and continues to serve as an archival consultant and workshop presenter throughout the state of Maine. One of her professional passions involves exploration of the serendipitous intersections that occur between people, time periods and collections such as those captured in the History of Special Collections @ Colby website she created during a sabbatical in 2015. She lives on North Pond in the Belgrade Lakes area with her covivant, artist Kevin E James, and two lovely felines. She is a Master Gardener and an active volunteer in local and regional environmental and social justice organizations.


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through November 18. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Registration is free for members.  Non-members pay $15.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

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