Professional Development Workshops

Maine Archives and Museums hosts professional development workshops throughout the state. See the calendar below for a listing of upcoming events and check back for updates.  We're always working on more!

Also check out the additional networking opportunities at MAM's Mixers: informal gatherings of colleagues working in collecting organizations and cultural institutions throughout Maine.  

Upcoming workshops

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St, Portland
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Security and Customer Service

    for Museums and Libraries

    Customer service and security are intertwined. This two-hour workshop will cover issues that affect small and medium-sized museums and libraries and will offer concrete, hands-on solutions you can implement to help assure the safety of your collections and your visitors. Topics will include: 

    • Security of your building and landscape: red flags and quick fixes
    • Conflict resolution: how to handle angry or aggressive patrons 
    • Policies: how simple policies and procedures can keep you safe
    • Old Home Days: how to manage special occasions that draw large crowds
    • Alarm Systems: options and alternatives
    • In an Emergency: your relationship with your local police and fire departments

    The workshop will include tours of the Brown Research Library and Wadsworth-Longfellow House showcasing security and customer service issues.


    The workshop will begin at 2PM and continue until 4PM.  This includes tours of Brown Research Library and Wadsworth-Longfellow House showcasing security and customer service issues.

    At 4PM, you are invited to attend the MAM Social Mixer in the Longfellow Garden on Campus.

    Your Presenters


    This workshop is presented by Steve Landry and John Babin of Maine Historical Society.  

    Steve Landry, MHS Facilities Manager, has had over 25 years’ experience working in cultural institutions with duties that included staff safety training, insurance loss mitigation, and collections and public safety.  Steve is a Certified Institutional Protection Manager and recently became a Certified Visitor Relations Specialist.  

    As Visitor Services Manager at Maine Historical Society, John Babin is responsible for overseeing the paid guides and volunteer docents who give tours in the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, on the Longfellow Trail and the Historic Walking Tour of Portland. John is a Certified Visitor Relations Specialist from the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection.

    The Venue

    This event is hosted in the Earl G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society.  Paid parking is available in nearby garages and on the street.

    Online registration will be open through October 18.  To register after this date, contact Nan Cumming at 207-774-1822 ext. 231.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

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

    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St, Old Orchard Beach
    • 10

    Book and Pamphlet Enclosures

    For museums and archives, proper enclosures can protect books and pamphlets from environments that are detrimental such as temperature, relative humidity, and UV light. There are many ways in building enclosures. This workshop will teach participants various quick and easy way to build enclosures. This is useful for those institutions with limited staff or time to spend on such projects.

    Book Conservator, Anastasia Weigle of IN A BIND Studio will offer this hands-on preservation enclosures workshop. It will address the following:

    • Building preservation enclosures using a single sheet of 20 pt. board
    • What materials and tools to use materials.
    • When to use this type of enclosure.

    NOTE: This workshop will not cover building drop-front or clamshell boxes.

    Attendees will need to bring their own lunch.


    The workshop will begin at 10AM and continue until 3PM.  A half hour will be provided in the middle of the day for lunch.

    Your Presenter

    Anastasia Weigle currently owns IN A BIND Studioas a book conservator, bookbinder, and artist. She has taught various workshops in bookbinding, materials repair, altered book and assemblage/multimedia art. Anastasia holds a B.A. in Natural Science Illustration with a minor in Museum Studies, an M.S.L.I.S. in Archives Management and is currently a doctoral candidate at Simmons College in Information Science. Anastasia's extensive background in library and museum archives has also spilled into her work as an assemblage artist. Her work reflects her profession as an archivist. Her academic skills and her artistic talents are tightly woven together to create a cohesive, structured body of work, which encourages the viewer to discover a piece of themselves inside her art. Anastasia was featured on National Cable Television HGTV’s “That’s Clever” in August 2006 and March 2007, was listed in the 2008 Studio Visit art catalog, featured as one of the ten assemblage artists in the Jan/Feb 2009 Maine Home and Design magazine, and in 1000 Artists Books. Anastasia has published works in The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Preserving Local Writers, Genealogists, Photographs, Newspapers, and Related Materials, and in the forthcoming book Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management.

    The Venue

    This event is hosted in the Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach.  

    Online registration will be open through November 4.  To register after this date, contact Anastasia Weigle at 207-493-5946.

    To make sure everyone gets a great experience, this workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register early to reserve your space!

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

    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library), Waterville
    • 13

    Archival Basics

    This basic archival workshop will give attendees a holistic understanding of collections care by discussing fundamentals of archives, including governance, preservation, arrangement and description, storage, access and outreach. Specific examples will illustrate key points and a list of resources will be provided. 

    Colby Special Collections will provide coffee, tea, and cookies.


    2 - 3:10: Part 1 of the workshop, including Q&A on broad topics like governance, preservation, arrangement, and description

    3:10 - 3:30: Snacks

    3:30 - 4:30: Part 2 of the workshop including Q&A on more granular topics like storage, access, and outreach

    4:30 - 5:00: Optional page turning of John James Audubon's The Birds of America in Special Collections

    5 PM: MAM social mixer in at the Silver Street Tavern (2 Silver St) in downtown Waterville

    Your Presenter

    This workshop is presented by Pat Burdick, Assistant Director of Colby College Special Collections. Pat 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. Before finding her way to the world of archives, she completed a masters program in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh and Georgia Tech, working as a research engineer at MIT. She lives on North Pond in the Belgrade Lakes area with her covivant, artist Kevin James, and three lovely felines. She is a Master Gardener and helps to maintain the gardens at Skowhegan History House and the Fairview Grange in Smithfield as part of her yearly community service. 

    The Venue

    The Robinson Memorial Room is located in Special Collections at Miller Library on the Colby College Campus in Waterville.  View the campus map.

    Parking available in the Roberts Parking Lot, which is a short walk to the Miller Library.

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.

    Online registration will be open through November 8.  To register after this date, contact Pat Burdick at 207-859-5151 or

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

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

    This workshop was originally scheduled for August 1, 2018, but had to be rescheduled.

Past events

10 Oct 2018 Workshop: Natural History Collections: Addressing Issues from Mounted Specimens to Sea Shells
10 Jul 2018 Workshop: Metadata Basics
28 Jun 2018 Workshop: Safely Handling, Packing, and Moving Collections
06 Jun 2018 Workshop: Basic Digitization
22 May 2018 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
16 May 2018 Workshop: Conservation Leather Repair: Re-Backing Leather Spines with Japanese Tissue Paper
05 Oct 2017 Workshop: How to Say No: Creating a Collections Policy
08 Sep 2017 Workshop: Harness the Power: Great Tours + Maine’s Tourism Industry = Museum Success
24 Jul 2017 Workshop: Looking Beyond the Closet: Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget
08 Jun 2017 Workshop: Basic Archiving
25 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Collections Care
18 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Digitization
18 Apr 2017 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
27 Jun 2016 Workshop: Collections Care
18 Jun 2016 Workshop: Grant Writing Basics: Crafting your Story for Fundraising Success
08 Jun 2016 Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts of Exhibit Development
17 May 2016 Workshop: Accidental Stories Pertaining to Collections and How to Use them to Reach New Audiences
09 May 2016 Workshop: Storing Your Collections
29 Jun 2015 Historic Housekeeping
24 Jun 2015 Historic Frame Conservation Triage
05 Jun 2015 Let's Preserve Organic Collections
20 May 2015 Identification and Care of Photographic Collections
13 May 2015 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Auburn)
09 May 2015 Preparing Collection Materials for Exhibition

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