Museum Association of Arizona





International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

September 12-16,  2016

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles CA

Western Museum Association Joint Meeting with Museum Association of Arizona

Phoenix AZ

September 25-28, 2016 

Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference

September 24-27, 2016

Tampa FL

Visitor Experience Conference

October 10, 2016

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA  


Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM)

October 10-12, 2015

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix AZ

Oral History Association

October 12-16, 2016

Long Beach CA

Nevada Museums Association

October 26-28, 2016

Lake Tahoe NV

2016 Museum Trustees Association Forum

October 27-28, 2016

Cincinnati OH

Museum Computer Network

November 1-4, 2016

New Orleans LA

Turning Point: The Pivotal Role of Humanities in Healthcare

November 4-5, 2016

Phoenix, Arizona

National Humanities Conference

November 10-13, 2016

Salt Lake City UT 


November 14-15, 2016

New York NY

National Preservation Conference: PastForward

November 15-18, 2016

Houston TX

Chaos at the Museum

November 17-20, 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum Next

February 15-17, 2017

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Melbourne, Australia

Small Museum Association

February 19-21, 2017

College Park MD 

Building Museums 2017

February 24-26, 2017

Washington, D.C.

National Council on Public History Annual Meeting

April 29-22, 2017

Indianapolis IN 

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

April 12-15, 2016

San Diego CA

Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2016

Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference

June 5-6,  2017

Ann Arbor  MI

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

June 18-24, 2017

Denver CO

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Annual Conference

June 22-26, 2017

Eugene OR

ARCS Biennial Conference

November 1-5, 2017

Vancouver BC, Canada



Workshops and Seminars

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Handler Triathlon

September 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Discussion of what happens behind the scenes in local galleries and museums, followed by a competition of installation and packing artwork by professional art handlers.   Free. 

Rutgers University-Camden's Public History Boot Camp Workshop

"Get Your Historic House (Museum) in Order: Foundation Documents for Managing Your Historic Property" 

September 17, 2016

Rutgers NJ

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections

September 26-28, 2016

Denver CO

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Motion Picture Film Preservation Workshop

September 27, 2016

Arizona State Records Center (Phoenix AZ)

This LSTA funded workshop provides an introduction to basic concepts and principles in preserving motion picture film. Topics include the history of mainstream motion picture film types and formats, their related machine-based technologies, identification of filmic properties, preservation approaches and techniques, and current debates in motion picture film preservation.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 

“Play/back: A National Endowment for the Humanities Symposium on Preserving our Audiovisual Heritage”

September 30, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Registration deadline: September 9, 2016.


Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts and Denver Public Library

Giving Voice: Interpreting and Preserving Oral Histories

October 5, 2016

Denver CO

Arizona Women's History Symposium

October 7, 2016

Arizona Heritage Center

Arizona Archives Alliance Symposium: What’s My Job Again?

October 7, 2016

Tempe History Museum, Tempe AZ

Smithsonian Institution Museum Conservation Institute

The Mechanics of Art Materials and its Future in Heritage Science

October 24-25, 2016

Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

This program brings experts in mechanics research from across the globe to discuss current and future trends in the study and preservation of cultural heritage. Speakers represent a continuum of this research, from its origins to those professionals currently working to shape their field and train future generations of scholars. This special event is designed to engage and inform a broad audience including conservators, collection managers, curators, scientists, engineers, facility managers, students, and policy makers.

Image Permanence Institute

Preservation of Digitally Printed Materials in Libraries, Archives and Museums

Rochester Institute of Technology  (Rochester, NY)

October 25-27, 2016

American Association for State and Local History Workshop

Reinventing the Historic House Museum

October 27, 2016

Historic Colorado, Denver CO

On-Line Classes and Webinars                           

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar Series

Preservation 101 (10 session series)

September 8- November 17, 2016.

Registration deadline: September 1, 2016

FREE Connecting to Collections Online Community Webinar

Basic Condition Reporting

September 15, 2016, 2:00-3:30 EDT

Led by Deborah Van Horn

iDigBio Symbiota Working Group

Symbiotia Webinar Series: Creating and maintaining checklists

September 16, 2016 from 3-4pm ET

An overview of the checklist feature used in Symbiota portals including creating and managing checklists, searching for and associating vouchers, downloading data and managing checklist conflicts, and using the parent-child checklist functions for aggregating data. 

American Alliance of Museums Webinar

Getting Started on Audience Research and Evaluation 

September 21, 2016, 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Understanding the visitor is an essential part of museum planning and operation. All museums should engage in some form of systematic research and evaluation pertaining to their audiences. This webinar covers basic principles, techniques and practices in audience research—whether your museum is large or small. It addresses a variety of situations and common challenges and solutions so your staff can begin to and integrate evaluative thinking and practices into their daily work. 

WATCH THIS WEBINAR FOR FREE at the Tempe History Museum, 809 East Southern Avenue, Tempe. RSVP to:

FREE Connecting to Collections Online Community Webinar

Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections: A Survival Guide for Messes Great and Small

September 22, 2016, 2:00-3:30 EDT

Led by Angela Kipp  

American Alliance of Museums Webinar

Getting Started on Recruiting and Hiring 

September 28, 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

This webinar covers the basics of recruiting and hiring employees, including legal and ethical processes, creating job descriptions and qualifications, advertising, screening, interviewing processes, decision-making, selection, documentation and mitigating hiring risks.

FREE Connecting to Collections Online Community Webinar

There a Form for That: Documenting Your Collections 

September 29, 2016, 2:00-3:30 EDT

Led by Beverly Sutley 

FREE Connecting to Collections Online Community Webinar

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place: Conducting (and Maintaining!) a Collection Inventory 

October 4, 2016, 2:00-3:30 EDT

Led by Maureen McCormick 

Arizona Women's History Symposium

October 7, 2016

Arizona Heritage Center

Arizona Archives Alliance Symposium: What’s My Job Again?

October 7, 2016

Tempe History Museum, Tempe AZ

Association for State and Local History Online Course 

Project Management for History Professionals

October 17-November 11, 2016

Using real project ideas, participants apply project management principles to complete a project charter and scope diagram they can then use to begin or continue their real-life project in an efficient, orderly and open manner. Course is taught by Steven Hoskins, Ph.D.

iDigBio Symbiota Working Group

Symbiotia Webinar Series: Creating and using taxonomic keys

October 21, 2016 from 3-4pm ET

Symbiota software includes a fully integrated system for dynamic keying that includes a suite of tools for key character development.  In this SWG webinar, dynamic keying within Symbiota portals will be demonstrated, and an overview of key character creation will be presented. 

Association for State and Local History Online Course 

Basics of Archives

October 24-November 18

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices

American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion at Museums and Historic Sites

October 25, 2016, 3-4:15 p.m. (ET)

Museums and other history-minded institutions have the ability to connect a number of people–visitors, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders– in a variety of different ways. But how can we make sure that all of the communities we serve, or want to serve, see themselves in both our exhibitions and learning opportunities and as content creators? The webinar will provide strategies for museums professionals to demonstrate cultural competency on multiple levels in order to help create a place for underrepresented communities at the museum table.

American Alliance of Museums Webinar

Getting Started on Exhibition Development

November 9, 2016, 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

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.

Sign up to be a Watch and Talk location by October 21.

American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Civil Rights and a Civil Society: Strategies for Community Outreach and Engagement

November 14, 2016, 3-4:15 p.m. (ET)

In the wake of increased media attention on interactions between law enforcement and African-American citizens, the Nashville Public Library partnered with the Metro Nashville Police Department to develop a diversity education curriculum rooted in the Nashville Civil Rights Movement. The program encourages new recruits, seasoned officers, and organization leaders to examine the ways that their city’s past influences the current social climate. By recognizing a significant need, NPL was able to use their position to provide a much needed service to the communities that call Nashville home. In this webinar, Andrea Blackman from the Nashville Public Library will discuss how their Civil Rights and A Civil Society program has been beneficial to public relations in the Nashville community and how others can create outreach opportunities out of what is happening in their backyards and in society broadly.

iDigBio Symbiota Working Group

Symbiotia Webinar Series: The GEOLocate Toolkit

November 18, 2016 from 3-4pm ET

Symbiota software includes a GEOLocate Toolkit that leverages the power of Collaborative Georeferencing and provides realtime updates to coordinate values for selected records.  In this SWG webinar, use of the GEOLocate Toolkit will be demonstrated, and an overview of the requirements for selecting sets of eligible records will be presented.

iDigBio Symbiota Working Group

Symbiotia Webinar Series: Linking Genetic Data to and from Symbiota portals

December 16, 2016 from 3-4pm ET

An overview of how to add genetic data to records in Symbiota portals and how to use the LinkOut feature in GenBank to link back to these records.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Leadership and Administration in History Organizations

January 9-March 6, 2017

This course proposes that museum administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. Topics include governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Collections Management

March 20-May 15, 2017

This eight-week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.

Northeast Document Conservation Center Webinars:

September 7, 2016, 2 p.m. (ET) Identification and Care of Negatives

October 4, 2016 2 p.m. (ET) Caring for Paper-based Collections  

October 12, 2016, 2 p.m. (ET) Introduction to Digitization   

October 25, 2016, 2 p.m. (ET) Caring for Photographic Collections   

October 26, 2016, 2 p.m. (ET) Digitizing Photographic Collections   

November 16 2016, 2 p.m. (ET) Caring for Rare Books   

December 1 & 15, 2016, 2 p.m. (ET) Writing a Disaster Plan 

December 7, 2016, 2 p.m. (ET) Caring for Framed Collections

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