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

Tracks/subject areas align with museum standards. Keywords address cross-functional issues (environmental sustainability, technology, legal/ethical, or global perspectives).

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

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 and Interpretation

Focuses on educational and interpretive issues: interpretive planning and visitor 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 visitor studies and evaluation.

Educators, curators, exhibit designers and fabricators, researchers, evaluators, visitor 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

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

Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Addresses issues related to institutional planning and assessment, including: mission and vision, strategic thinking and planning; organizational change; succession planning; institution-wide evaluation; business planning; future forecasting; benchmarking and key performance indicators; partnerships and collaborations; and project management. CEOs, COOs, CFOs, operations, senior administration, program or department managers, board members or trustees