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MAINE'S COLLECTING INSTITUTIONS

Professional Development Workshops

Maine Archives and Museums hosts professional development workshops throughout the state, made possible with support from the Maine Humanities Council.    

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

    • 18 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library)
    • 4

    Basic Digitization

    If you are new to digitization, planning a project that will involve digitizing your holdings, thinking about how to provide greater access to your materials, planning for Maine’s Bicentennial, or just curious about scanning, this half-day workshop will introduce you to basic digitization procedures and best practices. 

    Attendees will learn about the basics of scanning and digital project management; strategies for storing and managing digital files; scanning hardware and software; resources available online and in-state; and gain hands-on experience digitizing photos and textual materials.

    Note: this workshop will not cover digitizing audio or moving images.

    Tea, coffee, and lunch are provided.

    This workshop is co-presented by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board.


    Schedule

    9 am – 9:30: Coffee and introductions

    9:30 - 12: Workshop

    12 - 1: Lunch in the dining hall on campus (your choice from the menu available that day)

    1 - 2: Optional museum tour and/or page turning of Audubon’s Birds of America in Special Collections


    Your Presenters

    This workshop is presented by:

    • Maggie Libby (Visual Resources Curator, Colby College Special Collections)
    • Meagan Doyle (O. O. Howard Digitization Project Supervisor, Bowdoin College Special Collections)
    • Erin Rhodes (Archives Education Librarian, Colby College Special Collections)


    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 May 14.  To register after this date, contact Erin Rhodes at 207-859-5152 or enrhodes@colby.edu.

    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!

    • 25 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Caribou Public Library, 30 High St, Caribou
    • 13

    Basic Collections Care

    This all-day workshop will introduce you to basic collections care principles and practices and will cover the following topics

    1. What is preservation vs. conservation
    2. Environmental concerns
    3. How to survey and process collections
    4. What is provenance and what is the difference between finding original order and creating original order?
    5. Determining what re-housing materials you will need for your collections
    6. Accession records for manuscript versus artifacts.
    7. Staff and Volunteer management—how to optimize workflow

    Attendees will also have an opportunity for on-hands archival work for better understanding of collections care.

    The goal of this workshop is to familiarize attendees to the world of archival and special collections care from manuscripts to artifacts.

    Attendees may stay after workshop to enjoy a tour of the Aroostook Country Genealogical Society collection and Caribou Public Library archives

    Morning coffee and bagels are included with registration.


    Schedule

    9:00AM - Coffee, bagels, and registration in the History Room

    9:30-12:00 - Workshop part 1—theory and practice

    12:00-1:00 - Lunch in the Caribou Room (enjoy your own or go to a local eatery 

    1:00-3:30 Workshop part 2—hands-on work

    3:30-4:30 Optional social mixer with refreshments in the Caribou Room


    Your Presenters

    This workshop is presented by Anastasia S. Weigle, Director of Library and Special Collections at the Caribou Public Library


    The Venue

    This event is hosted in the History Room at the Caribou Public Library.  


    Online registration will be open through May 22.  To register after this date, contact Anastasia Weigle at 207-493-5946.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 15 participants - register early to reserve your space!

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

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library), Waterville
    • 12

    Basic Archiving

    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.

    This workshop is co-presented by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board.


    Schedule

    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 Patricia Burdick, Assistant Director of Colby College Special Collections.


    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 June 4.  To register after this date, contact Erin Rhodes at 207-859-5152 or enrhodes@colby.edu.

    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!

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • L.C. Bates Museum Visitors Center, Fairfield, ME
    • 33

    Looking Beyond the Closet:

    Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget

    This six-hour workshop will focus on the storage of historic objects and textiles.  

    Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will review storage environments, storage of historic objects and furniture, and appropriate storage materials. Ron will demonstrate hands-on use of storage materials techniques. 

    Morning snacks will be available.  Bring your own bagged lunch to enjoy at half time!

    The workshop will be held in the visitors center, the building with the blue roof just north of the museum.

    Stick around for a MAM social mixer event with refreshments in the museum building to immediately follow this workshop!

    This event is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


    Your Host

    This workshop is hosted 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 center, the building with the blue roof just north of the museum.


    Online registration will be open until July 19.  To register after this date, contact Deborah Staber at lcbates@gwh.org or 238-4250.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 35 participants - register early to reserve your space!

    Registration is free to MAM members (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • TBA in downtown Biddeford

    Harness the Power:

    Great Tours + Maine's Tourism Industry = Museum Success

    What goes in to creating an in-demand, dynamic historic tour? And once you have a great tour, how do you tap into Maine’s well-developed tourism industry to promote what your organization has to offer? 

    Presented by members of the Biddeford Mills Museum, this workshop will help organizations/groups who wish to develop great quality historic tours, by sharing successful techniques for planning and executing a great tour program. Additionally, attendees will hear about the ways in which cultural organizations can take advantage of the marketing and advertising resources available through Maine’s well developed tourism industry. 

    The workshop will conclude with a full Pepperell Mills tour led by the Biddeford Mills Museum Mill Vets.

    Stick around after the workshop for a free MAM social mixer at a downtown Biddeford location TBA, 4:30PM-6PM!


    Pepperell Mills Tour

    The historical tour is designed for those able to climb minimal stairs. Walking shoes should be worn. For safety reasons no open toed shoes are allowed. Children under the age of five (5) are discouraged from participating. A waiver is required to be signed for participation. An adult or guardian must sign for any participants under 18.


    Your Presenters

    The workshop will be presented by Board members and tour leaders from the Biddeford Mills Museum (BMM). The all-volunteer operated museum, and their incredibly successful tour program, have been an integral ingredient of Biddeford’s successful mill redevelopment over the last 10 years. BMM is a member of the Maine Tourism Association, and winner of the 2017 Originality Award at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.


    The Venue

    We will be announcing the venue for this workshop soon!


    Online registration will be open through August 30.  To register after this date, contact Dugan Murphy at info@mainemuseums.org or 207-400-6965.

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

    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd, Livermore
    • 25

    How to Say No:

    Creating a Collections Policy

    Historical Societies and Museums start out with empty shelves and exhibit cases and are so grateful for any donation that comes in the door.  Now years later, the shelves are reaching capacity and donors want assurances their family heirlooms will be on display forever. 

    This is the time to create a collections policy that spells out what your institution will collect, strict protocols for deaccessioning prized family heirlooms in the public trust, and a document that backs you up when you say, "thanks, but no thanks." 

    Stick around after the workshop for a free tour and MAM social mixer with refreshments, 3-4PM!


    Your Presenter

    Cipperly Good, an independent museum professional with over 15 years experience in the collections management field, will lead this introduction to creating your collections policy.  Cipperly is Principal of C.A. Good Museum Services, providing collections care and registration training, consultation, and project management, as well as exhibit services from concept to installation.


    The Venue

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is Maine's oldest living history center and a multifaceted museum and working farm where costumed interpreters portray real people who lived in the area in the 1800s. 

    Upon arrival, park by the church and walk up the front drive towards the mansion. The workshop will be held in the Farmer's Cottage - the building between the mansion and barn (all connected). Enter the door to the right, that is next to the barn.


    Online registration will be open through September 27.  To register after this date, contact Dugan Murphy at info@mainemuseums.org or 207-400-6965.

    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!

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Lincoln Memorial Library, 17 King St (Route 86), Dennysville
    • 24

    How to Place Your Historical Society on the Map

    At this workshop, participants will create an interactive map of historically significant places in Washington County for users of computers, smart phones and tablets, using the OnCell mobile platform.


    Full description

    Mobile technology resides in nearly everyone's pockets. A smartphone is the most indispensable tool for people as they navigate their world. It is vital that cultural and heritage organizations seize the opportunity to meet visitors in their world and give them access to information through their devices. So how can organizations connect with visitors via mobile?

    We’ll begin this workshop with a short presentation on the benefits of mobile apps, including visitor engagement, points of access, and leveraging apps as a marketing tool. We’ll review the benefits of creating apps with a content management system, such as OnCell, which allows organizations to build and manage their own mobile apps to help them meet both visitor engagement and accessibility goals.

    During the bulk of this workshop, participants will work together to gather information about historical institutions in Eastern Maine and use the OnCell platform to create a prototype digital tour of sites of historical and cultural interest, showcasing the unique heritage of Downeast Maine.

    Participants will bring with them their wish list of sites to be included in the app, along with any supporting modern and historic images and scripts for an audio tour. We’ll use OnCell to record our scripts, and then build our tour stops using images and text transcriptions for each point of interest. We’ll then map the locations and set GPS alerts based on a visitor’s location, so they can easily discover nearby points of interest.


    Outcomes

    Participants will walk away with new ideas on how to approach mobile tech, a solid understanding of best practices, and creative inspiration to take back to their team.


    Who should come

    This session welcomes individuals across all career levels and positions as variety in perspective drives creativity and collaboration, both of which are essential to building a successful mobile strategy and app.


    Other info

    Registration at least 2 weeks in advance is required so organizers can communicate with registrants about how to prepare for the workshop.  Participants will need to bring their own laptops.

    Check-in starts at 8:30AM.  The workshop starts at 9AM.

    Coffee will be available.  Bring your own bagged lunch to enjoy at half time!

    For more information about this workshop, contact Colin Windhorst at cjcw@myfairpoint.net or 207-726-3905.

    This event os co-hosted by the Dennysville River Historical Society and and OnCell.


    Your Presenter

    This workshop is presented by Colin J.C. Windhorst, Ph.D., Digital Curation Program, University of Maine.


    The Venue

    The historic Lincoln Memorial Library is located on Route 86 in Dennysville.


    Register online: The size of the workshop space limits registration to 24 participants - register early to reserve your space!

    Online registration is available until September 27 so organizers can communicate with registrants about how to prepare for the workshop.  Participants will need to bring their own laptops.

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


Maine Archives and Museums

P.O. Box 784, Portland, Maine 04104   207-400-6965       info@mainemuseums.org 

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