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MAM Events & Initiatives: Workshops, grant deadlines, and our annual conference

Public Events: Happenings for the public at our member institions

News You Can Use: News and opportunities from throughout the museum and archive field: grants, job listings, professional development, and more!

Upcoming events

    • 16 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Caribou Public Library, 30 High St, Caribou
    • 9
    Register

    Conservation Leather Repair: 

    Re-Backing Leather Book Spines with Japanese Tissue Paper


    Many academic, public, and museum libraries contain leather bound books that are still used in research. Many of these books have weak hinges or completed detached boards. Leather re-backing is cost prohibitive, especially for books that are heavily used in research. This style of repair was refined as a conservation technique by Don Etherington in the 1980s and is a common repair technique used for circulating and special collections books.

    This all-day, hands-on workshop will introduce you to this method of leather care with historic books and will cover the following topics:

    1. How to repair detached book boards on hollowback or flat-back leather binding

    2. What materials and tools are needed for the treatment

    3. How to treat Japanese tissue paper to resemble leather

    4. When and when not to use this repair

    Attendees will need to bring their own lunch.

     


    Schedule

    The workshop will begin at 9AM and continue until 4PM.  A half hour will be provided in the middle of the day for lunch.


    Your Presenter


    Anastasia Weigle currently owns INABIND 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 Caribou Room at the Caribou Public Library.  


    Online registration will be open through May 13.  To register after this date, contact Anastasia Weigle at 207-493-5946.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration 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!

    • 16 May 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • The Warehouse, 14 Evergreen Pkwy, Caribou
    Register

    Caribou Mixer


    Come meet your colleagues in The County!  This social mixer event will be held in The Warehouse and immediately follows the Conservation Leather Repair workshop at the same venue.

    Please RSVP so we know to expect you! 

    • 06 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library)
    • 25
    Register

    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

    9:00AM – 9:30AM: Coffee and introductions

    9:30AM - 12:00PM: Workshop

    12:00PM - 1:00PM: Lunch in the dining hall on campus (your choice from the menu available that day)

    1:00PM - 2:00PM: 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 for Colby College Special Collections
    • Meagan Doyle, O. O. Howard Digitization Project Supervisor for Bowdoin College Special Collections
    • Erin Rhodes, Archives Education Librarian for Colby College Special Collections
    • Adam Fisher, Director of Collections for Digital Initiatives and Promotion at the Maine State Library


    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 3.  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!

    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • L.C. Bates Museum Visitors Center, Fairfield, ME
    • 12
    Register

    Safely Handling, Packing, and Moving Collections


    This 5.5-hour workshop will focus on best practices handling historic collections for the purpose of storing and moving them.

    We are always moving collections and this is often when they are most at-risk for damage. Whether you are moving objects to a new exhibition, bringing in new objects, getting objects out for research, or just  storing objects, their handling is important. 

    Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will cover the issues of safely moving different types of collections including preparing them to move and safe handling methods. He will also touch on safe exhibition methods for short term exhibitions.  Participants will make lined moving trays to take home. 

    To gain specific information from the conservator, participants are encouraged to bring photos of objects they are working to move or pack.

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

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

    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 through June 24.  To register after this date, contact Deborah Staber at lcbates@gwh.org or 238-4250.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 15 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 free to MAM members (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library)
    • 25
    Register

    Metadata Basics


    Metadata is defined as a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. This Metadata Basics workshop will give attendees a solid understanding of the importance of metadata, how it is generated and how it is used. Specific examples will illustrate key points and a list of resources will be provided. 

    The workshop will be taught in two sessions in order to accommodate a broad audience. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

    Colby Special Collections will provide light morning refreshments. Lunch will be on your own.


    Schedule

    10:00AM – 12:00PM: Morning session - introduction to metadata concepts and best practices, why controlled vocabulary is important

    12:00PM - 1:30PM: Lunch on your own or in the dining hall on campus (your choice from the menu available that day)

    1:30PM - 3:30PM: Afternoon session - standards and tools relevant to metadata work, case studies of how peer repositories approach metadata creation, importance of data back up

    3:30PM - 4:00PM: Optional page turning of John James Audubon's The Birds of America in Special Collections

    4:00PM: Optional MAM social mixer at the Silver Street Tavern (2 Silver St) in downtown Waterville


    Your Presenter


    This workshop is presented by Katie Donahue, Technical Services and Metadata Librarian, Colby Libraries. Prior to this, she enjoyed working as the Assistant Director of the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and as a manuscripts cataloger at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. "Katie" is a Bowdoin graduate and completed her MLS in archival management at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Outside of work, Katie loves all things relating to pop culture and '90s music, much to the dismay of her husband and cat.


    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 July 5.  To register after this date, contact Pat Burdick at 207-859-5151 or patricia.burdick@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!

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Silver Street Tavern, 2 Silver St, downtown Waterville
    Register

    Waterville Mixer

    Come meet your colleagues in Central Maine!  This social mixer event immediately follows the Metadata Basics workshop at Colby College.

    Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

    Please RSVP so we know to expect you. 

    • 01 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library), Waterville
    • 25
    Register

    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.


    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 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 July 29.  To register after this date, contact Pat Burdick at 207-859-5151 or patricia.burdick@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!

    • 01 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Silver Street Tavern, 2 Silver St, downtown Waterville
    Register

    Waterville Mixer

    Come meet your colleagues in Central Maine!  This social mixer event immediately follows the Archival Basics workshop at Colby College.

    Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

    Please RSVP so we know to expect you. 

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • L.C. Bates Museum Visitors Center, Fairfield, ME
    • 12
    Register

    Natural History Collections:

    Addressing Issues from Mounted Specimens to Sea Shells


    This 5.5-hour workshop will focus on best practices handling historic collections for the purpose of storing and moving them.


    In this 5.5-hour workshop, Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will discuss the special needs of natural history collections and how to safely handle, exhibit and store them. He will talk about safety concerns for the people handling the collections as well as for the objects.  Come learn how to best care for the many organic objects from our natural world: from a mounted fish to hair wreath or from powder horn to a mounted bird. 

    An afternoon tour by the conservator of the museum's natural history collections will show both issues and solutions to the care of natural history collections and objects made form natural materials.  To gain specific information from the conservator, participants are encouraged to bring photos of natural history objects in their collections.

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

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

    This event is supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences.


    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 center, the building with the blue roof just north of the museum.


    Online registration will be open through October 7.  To register after this date, contact Deborah Staber at lcbates@gwh.org or 238-4250.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 15 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 free to MAM members (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St, Portland
    • 25
    Register

    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.


    Schedule

    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!

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St, Portland
    Register

    Portland Mixer


    Come meet your colleagues in Southern Maine!  This social mixer event will be held in the Longfellow Garden at Maine Historical Society and immediately follows the Security and Customer Service workshop at the same venue.

    Please RSVP so we know to expect you! 

Past events

30 Dec 2017 Advertise in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter
10 Nov 2017 2017 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
05 Oct 2017 Livermore Mixer
05 Oct 2017 Workshop: How to Say No: Creating a Collections Policy
08 Sep 2017 Biddeford Mixer
08 Sep 2017 Workshop: Harness the Power: Great Tours + Maine’s Tourism Industry = Museum Success
24 Jul 2017 Fairfield Mixer
24 Jul 2017 Workshop: Looking Beyond the Closet: Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget
08 Jun 2017 Waterville Mixer
08 Jun 2017 Workshop: Basic Archiving
25 May 2017 Caribou Mixer
25 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Collections Care
18 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Digitization
18 Apr 2017 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
20 Mar 2017 Maine Museums Day
14 Oct 2016 2016 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
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
08 Jun 2016 Submissions for MAM's August 2016 newsletter
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
30 Mar 2016 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
30 Mar 2016 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
30 Dec 2015 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
07 Nov 2015 MAM's November Mixer
02 Oct 2015 2015 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
02 Oct 2015 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
02 Oct 2015 Call for Proposals: MAM 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Jun 2015 Historic Housekeeping
24 Jun 2015 Historic Frame Conservation Triage
05 Jun 2015 MAM June Mixer--Hinckley
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
16 Apr 2015 MAM April Mixer--Augusta
03 Mar 2015 MAM March Mixer--Portland
13 Jan 2015 MAM Winter Mixer--Camden
13 Jan 2015 Board Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
18 Oct 2014 Identification and Care of Photographs
23 Jun 2014 Collections Care: Caring For & Storing Your Organic Objects
16 Jun 2014 Board Meeting
09 Jun 2014 A Development Primer: Build Capacity and Bolster Your Fundraising Efforts
06 Jun 2014 Call for Proposals: MAM 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
30 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Bangor)
21 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (South Portland)
19 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (Ellsworth)
06 May 2014 Ink, Oil and Oak: Collections Care Workshop for Paper, Paintings and Furniture
02 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Falmouth)
30 Apr 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Belfast)
27 Apr 2014 Giving Voice to History
14 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
13 Jan 2014 Board Meeting
02 Nov 2013 Preservation Issues for Small Museums and Family Custodians
29 Oct 2013 2013 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
29 Oct 2013 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Oct 2013 Call for Proposals: MAM 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
07 Oct 2013 Board Meeting
18 Sep 2013 Packaging, Public Relations & Promotion: The 3 P’s of Partnering with the Tourism Industry
09 Sep 2013 Long-Range Planning Retreat and Workshop
24 Jun 2013 Collections Care
10 Jun 2013 Board Meeting
21 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
20 May 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
02 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
29 Apr 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
23 Apr 2013 Board Development & Digitizing Collections Workshop
08 Apr 2013 Board Meeting
05 Apr 2013 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
02 Apr 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
27 Mar 2013 MAM Meet & Greet
14 Jan 2013 Board Meeting
30 Dec 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
26 Oct 2012 2012 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
26 Oct 2012 2012 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
16 Oct 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: October 16
01 Sep 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: September 1
11 May 2012 MAM 2012 Conference Call for Proposals
04 May 2012 Caring For and Storing Organic Objects: A Spring MAM Collections Housing Workshop
03 May 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: May 3
28 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 28
26 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 26
25 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 25
24 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 24
02 Apr 2012 Board Meeting
01 Apr 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: April 1
30 Mar 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
03 Feb 2012 Kotzschmar Jr. Concerts at Dyer Library

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