Our Annual Meeting offers tracks to help attendees find sessions that relate to their job or functional area. Each session has been tagged with a track. 

Track Name

Track Focus

Intended Audience

Career Management

Focuses on issues across career stages (student, emerging, mid-career, senior level): getting a job; managing your career and its transitions; mentoring; networking; working as a consultant/independent professional; and professional training programs.

All functional areas

Collections Stewardship

Addresses collections issues, including: collections research and planning, collections management, and collection care and conservation; living collections; digitization and access; cultural property and repatriation (e.g., NAGPRA); transportation/cargo screening issues; copyright and reproduction; and ethical, legal and tax issues relating to collections.

Collections managers, registrars, curators, conservators, archivists, librarians and IT


Addresses issues related to leadership, governance, institutional planning and assessment, including: mission; vision; strategic thinking; future forecasting; business planning; benchmarking and key performance indicators; organizational change; building a management team; succession planning; partnership and collaborations; board development and accountability; diversity; codes of ethics and advocacy. 

CEOs, COOs, CFOs, senior administration and board members or trustees

Development and Membership

Addresses fundraising and membership-related issues: making the case; donor relations; government relations; grants; campaigns; endowments; special events; sponsorships; membership dues and structures; admissions; direct mail; and legal and tax issues (e.g., charitable giving incentives).

Development and fundraising staff, membership staff, business development and staff that participate in fundraising activities

Education, Curation & Evaluation

Focuses on educational and interpretive issues: interpretive planning and guest experience; curation and curatorial practices; community and audiences; diversity and inclusion; physical and intellectual accessibility; educational programming (tours, teacher training, school partnerships and homeschooled audiences); scholarly research; learning theory; early childhood development; literacy; education public policy (e.g., Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Advancing Informal STEM Learning); and guest studies and evaluation.

Educators, curators, exhibit designers and fabricators, researchers, evaluators, guest services and IT

Exhibit Planning and Design

Considers all aspects of planning and developing real and virtual exhibitions: fabricating and installing exhibits; developing off-site and traveling exhibits; transportation/cargo screening issues; and labels.

Exhibit designers and fabricators, educators and curators

Finance and Administration

Addresses management of financial and human resources: earned income (food service, facility use, licensing, museum stores); financial reporting; budgets; accounting; audits; Form 990; reserve funds; internal controls; tax issues (PILOTs, ticket taxes); recruiting, orienting and training staff, volunteers and interns; staff diversity; performance management; developing job descriptions; staff structure and cross-departmental work; and legal issues related to paid and unpaid staff.

CEOs, COOs, CFOs, operations, senior administration, accounting, retail, human resource and volunteer managers

Forces of Change

Addresses trends in museums’ external operating environment—local, regional or global—including political, social, technological economic, demographic and ecological issues; and how museums are responding to these forces of change.

All functional areas


Focuses on facilitating global understanding and sharing experiences across borders and cultures. Issues may include cultural patrimony; heritage tourism; building community; interpretation of social and cultural issues; national identity; citizen empowerment; international partnerships and the role of museums in cultural diplomacy. At least one presenter must be from the international museum community. 

All functional areas interested in global literacy

Media and Technology

Looks at issues related to information technology planning and implementation: software; online security and privacy; museum websites; new media; mobile applications; and technology and augmented reality. IT and new media