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.  

Also check out our annual conference, held each fall somewhere in Maine.

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Upcoming workshops

    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • L.C. Bates Museum Visitor Center, Fairfield, ME
    • 19

    Conserving Your Museum's Natural History and Organic Collections

    Celebrating 20 Years of Conservation Work at L.C. Bates Museum

    This 5.5-hour workshop will examine the issues of caring for varied types of organic collections commonly found in museum collections. As part of the program, conservator Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will lead a tour and discussion of conserved L.C.Bates Museum objects he has preserved over the last 20 years of work in the museum.  During the last segment of the workshop, participants can share pictures of objects in their collections for the conservator to review.

    Morning refreshments and drinks will be available, but please bring a bagged lunch to enjoy at half time. 


    • 9:00 to 9:30 Registration and coffee
    • 9:30 to 10:00 Introduction to workshop and topic
    • 10:00 to 11:00 Collections Care Needs 
    • 11:00 to 11:10 Refreshment break
    • 11:10 to 12:00 Demonstrations of Collections Care activities (Including one hands-on take home collection container activity)
    • 12:00 to 12:45 Lunch and informal discussion with peers and the conservator (Door prize drawing)
    • 12:45 to 2:00 Participants collection issues will be discussed
    • 2:00 to 3:00  Tour and discussion of the museum's conservation projects with the conservator

    Your Presenter

    This workshop is presented by Ron Harvey, Conservator/Principal at Tuckerbrook Conservation.  Tuckerbrook Conservation offers conservation consulting, treatment, teaching, management, storage, long-term preservation, handling, lecturing, preservation workshops, conservation assessments and assessment of collections, including archaeological, ethnographic, fine art objects, outdoor sculpture, and zinc sculpture.

    The Venue

    The L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley, located on U.S. Route 201 in Hinckley Village in Fairfield, is a natural history museum that includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.

    The workshop will be held at the visitors centerthe building with the blue roof just north of the museumThe tour at the end will be in the gallery.  Both spaces are accessible for wheelchair users.  Many single-room restrooms are available for folks of any gender.

    Online registration will be open through September 12.  To register after this date, contact Deborah Staber at or 238-4250.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 20 participants - register early to reserve your space! If the workshop fills up before you register, you can register to be on the wait list.

    Registration is only $10 for MAM members (log in first to activate the member rate), or $25 for nonmembers.  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Glickman Family Library (7th floor), University of Maine Portland Campus
    • 30

    Surveying Your Repository to Create Basic Control and Plan for the Future

    Whether young or old, chaos creeps into the best-run special collections. Do you know what collections you have, where they are, and what work they require in terms of processing, access systems, and preservation?

    Surveying and documenting your repository will create the tool you need to plan for the future.

    Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. 

    The event will be followed by a free social mixer.

    Your Presenter

    Susie R. Bock’s career spans 30 years, from processing manuscript collections at Yale’s Beinecke Library, to managing technical services at Special Collections, University of Colorado at Boulder, to coordinating University of Southern Maine’s Special Collections and directing the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine. She has dealt with collections from hands on work to planning their acquisition to public access. While at Boulder she oversaw the first survey of that department’s rare books and manuscript collections and led a similar effort at USM about 15 years after creating its special collections department.

    The Venue

    The Glickman Family Library is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine at 314 Forest Ave. The workshop will be held on the 7th floor.

    Free parking is available at the parking garage on site, accessible off Bedford Street. After parking in the garage, exit the garage heading toward Forest Ave. The Library is within sight of the garage, across the surface parking lots.

    Directions and more info on parking available here.

    Accessibility: This space is accessible for wheelchair users.  

    Bathrooms: The bathrooms on the 7th floor are multi-stall bathrooms labeled "men" and "women." There are multi-stall bathrooms on the 3rd floor labeled "all genders."

    Online registration will be open through October 13.  To register after this date, contact Susie Bock at or 207-780-4269.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 30 participants - register early to reserve your space! If the workshop fills up before you register, you can register to be on the wait list.

    Registration is only $25 for MAM members (log in first to activate the member rate), or $35 for nonmembers.  If you're not a member, join today!

Past events

25 Jul 2019 Workshop: Wabanaki Culture and Collections
11 Jul 2019 Workshop: Metadata Basics
05 Jun 2019 Workshop: Basic Digitization
25 Apr 2019 Workshop: Crafting History for Schools
19 Apr 2019 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
06 Feb 2019 Workshop: The Art of the Ask
13 Nov 2018 Workshop: Archival Basics
07 Nov 2018 Workshop: Book and Pamphlet Enclosures
22 Oct 2018 Workshop: Security and Customer Service for Museums and Libraries
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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