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Online Programs

Getting Started on Exhibition Development

Live 90-minute webinar
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Designed for museum professionals at all career levels, this webinar presents one approach to developing exhibitions, focusing on the linear and non-linear aspects of creating a three-dimensional learning environment. Whether planning a new exhibition or renovating an old one, this program will help reframe your thinking about exhibition planning. 

Museum Assessment Program: Live Chat About Application

Live Chat
Tuesday November 15, 2016
2:30 p.m. (ET)
The Alliance will host a short informational session and live chat November 15 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) for museums interested in are planning to apply to the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) for its December 1 deadline. MAP program staff will cover top tips for preparing the application form, selecting the right assessment type, and be available to answer questions. Registration is not required for the free online opportunity. 

Getting Started on Collection Storage 

Live 90-minute webinar
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern) 

Collections not used are useless collections. All too often, loss of collection utility is a result of storage design - disorganization that makes it impossible to find things; poor quality storage materials that do not facilitate access or can contribute to deterioration; or ill-conceived housings that frustrate access and promote damage. In this webinar, expert practitioners explore the fundamentals to collection storage that are critical for successful stewardship.

Getting Started on Collections Planning

Live 90-minute webinar
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar provides a basic guide to help your museum create a collections plan, the first step to gaining intellectual control over the collections and ensuring that you have the appropriate staff and resources for collections care. Topics covered include building an intellectual framework, writing the plan itself, the planning process, and the challenges of museum politics—gaining institutional buy-in, negotiating collections-related board and donor issues, building public awareness, saying “no” to unwanted donations, and more. Resource list and scenario planning activities are provided.

Evaluating Volunteers and the Volunteer Program

Live 90-minute webinar 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) 
Evaluation, assessment, and reflection are essential for the success of volunteers and vitality of a museum volunteer program. In this webinar, volunteer managers will explore how assessment processes are incorporated into the volunteer programs at three museums, and will discuss how a related innovative strategy of peer coaching has recently been launched at one organization in an effort to emphasize reflective practice. Particular challenges such as easing veteran volunteers into a new protocol, how to incorporate evaluation and re-training into a well-established program, how managers address diverse opinions and reactions to evaluation, and how to handle an evaluation that is less than glowing will also be discussed. Explored strategies will be relative to small, mid-sized, and large museums.

Recorded Webinars

With over 70 programs to choose from, our recorded webinars cover a range of topics, and offer an affordable, accessible and convenient online learning opportunity for you, your staff and your colleagues. Purchase of each recorded webinar includes access to the archived recording and presentation materials. Programs originally produced after 2009 feature closed-captioning.

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How Does it Work?

Alliance webinars are originally presented live, recorded and archived for later access. Before purchasing, run a technical check to make sure your system is compatible. After purchasing a recorded webinar, you will receive access instructions to view the program at your own convenience.