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Live Webinar:
Required Elements of a Museum Code of Ethics

Wednesday, June 19
2–3:30 p.m. (ET)

Part of the Core Documents Series

Join colleagues as we discuss the required elements of a Code of Ethics based on national standards. We will discuss why every museum should have a tailored Code of Ethics addressing the institutions specific issues and outlining its basic ethical and public trust responsibilities as a museum and educational entity. We’ll examine some of the risks of not having a good code in place, why this essential document is critical for consistent decision-making and accountability, and how it intersects with all parts of your institution’s operations.

Please note: this program is not intended as a step-by-step guide to writing a code of ethics. For other resources, we encourage you to check out the Information Center, Bookstore, activity guides and reference guides.

Who Should Attend

  • Executive directors, department heads, trustees and others in a position to make strategic decisions about collections stewardship, exhibitions, programming, funding/spending and other activities related to the museum’s mission and public trust responsibilities.
  • Staff and leadership from institutions considering seeking Accreditation or participating in the Core Documents Verification Program
  • Peer Reviewers for the Museum Assessment and Accreditation Programs

How Will I Benefit?

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:
  • Identify essential elements of an institutional Code of Ethics
  • Determine if this code meets national standards
  • Access resources to create or strengthen this plan


  • Katarina M. Spears, director of special projects and retail operations, Library of Virginia Foundation, Richmond, Va.
  • Cecelia Walls, accreditation coordinator, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.
  • Charlotte Montgomery, director of resource allocations, Illinois State Museum, Springfield
  • Elise V. LeCompte, registrar and assistant department chair, department of natural history, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville


  • Greg Stevens, assistant director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.
  • Adam La Faci, field producer, LearningTimes, LLC, New York
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For more program-related information, contact Greg Stevens.

About the Core Documents Webinar Series

This five-part series provides useful information on the five essential documents that are fundamental for basic professional museum operations and embody core museum values and practices. They codify and guide decisions and actions that promote institutional stability and viability, which in turn allows the museum to fulfill its educational, stewardship and community roles.

The documents are: Mission Statement, Institutional Code of Ethics, Strategic Institutional Plan, Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan and Collections Management Policy.

The Core Documents Verification program is a key component of the Continuum of Excellence, a multi-program assessment structure that also includes Museum membership, the Pledge of Excellence, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) and Accreditation..

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Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.