Conferences and Continuing Education

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Conferences/Workshops

Writing about the Past
September 16
- St. Paul: University of MN: LearningLife - Author Jack El-Hai will lead this fast-paced journey into the process of writing about history for general audiences. The course will cover how to identify historical nonfiction stories that resonate today, as well as how to research topics, interview sources, organize your findings, structure stories, blend in personal experience, find markets, and bring your work to the attention of readers. Learn more »

MAC Annual Meeting
October 10 to 12
- Mankato: Mankato Civic Center - The purpose of the Midwest Archaeological Conference is to promote and stimulate interest in the archaeology of the Midwestern United States and neighboring areas; to serve as a bond among those interested in this and related subjects; to publish and encourage publication; to advocate and aid in the conservation of archaeological data; and to encourage an appreciation and support of archaeological research. Learn more »

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Leading Change; Managing Transitions with Eddie Torres
September 13
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). Eddie Torres, the new president and CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, will reflect on the process of driving change and managing transitions from his varied perspectives and the many hats he has worn in his career. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Strategies for Oversized Collections
September 17 - Webinar: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT). Northeast Document Conservation Center - This webinar instructs participants on good practices for caring for oversized materials in their collections, including those made of paper (e.g., posters, maps, large books, architectural plans) and textiles (e.g., flags, quilts). Storage and handling methods will be covered in detail. Cost: $45. Learn more »

Introducing the Inclusive Historians Handbook
September 19
- Webinar: 2 - 3:15 p.m. American Association for State and Local History - This webinar introduces The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook, a new digital resource co-sponsored by AASLH and the National Council on Public History launching in August 2019. Participants will be provided with an overview of the Handbook’s contents as well as suggestions for how to incorporate it into their practice. The facilitators will also gather feedback, ideas, and suggestions from participants regarding future additions to the Handbook’s content. Learn more »

Preserve This Podcast Free Workshop 
September 21
- Madison, WI: Madison Public Library - Preserve This Podcast is a three-pronged effort to help independent podcasters learn digital preservation techniques to ensure their files are saved long into the future, whether for their own re-use or for interested scholars & fans & so on. This is geared towards indie podcasters with limited resources learning personal digital preservation techniques. “Indie” could also mean students & scholars in the iSchool or across campus who are jumping into podcasts for the first time. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Practical Book Repair
October 3
- Webinar: 1 to 3:30 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will cover basic book structure, damage assessment, cost-effective decision-making regarding repairs, appropriate supplies and techniques for the basic repair of bound volumes, periodicals, and pamphlets. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation
September 19 to November 7
- Online Course: Northeast Document Conservation Center - 6 Webinars — The Instructor-led Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation course give participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards for audiovisual materials. Cost: $390. Learn more »

Strategies for Oversized Collections
September 17
- Webinar: Northeast Document Conservation Center - This webinar instructs participants on good practices for caring for oversized materials in their collections, including those made of paper (e.g. posters, maps, large books, architectural plans) and textiles (e.g. flags, quilts). Cost: $45. Learn more »

Practical Leadership 1.0: Supervising for Employee Engagement
September 18
- St. Paul: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Often, managers are left on their own to try and figure out how to implement their supervisor duties. Yet skilled supervisors are the primary extrinsic factor that creates strong employee engagement and performance. This highly interactive workshop provides participants with immediately implementable tools and strategies. Register »

Leading Change, Managing Transitions
September 13
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Change is many things: risky, critical, necessary, inevitable. During this insightful presentation, Eddie Torres, president and CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, will reflect on the process of driving change and managing transitions from his varied perspectives and the many hats he has worn in his career. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

What’s My Role as a Nonprofit Board Member?
September 25
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). Propel Nonprofits - You’re at the table – now what? Learn to participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and knowledge about your role as a board member. They’ll cover board responsibilities and how you can be a strong resource for a nonprofit organization. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

A Guide to Approaching Audiovisual Digitization
This paper was written through support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The information discussed in the paper is meant to help collection holders prepare their materials and their technology systems for a digitization initiative, as well as give a brief overview of digitization workflows. There is also a discussion of some of the updates made to the BAVC workflow over the last two years. This section may be of interest to those interested in the technical and procedural aspects of digitization workflows.  Download paper »

2019 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference
September 19 and 20 - Prior Lake: Celebrate all the ways libraries and communities are Stronger Together! Through collaboration, whether internally in developing new services to support growing needs within our communities or by strengthening partnerships between different types of libraries to support the information needs of all, libraries are showing how to successfully work together. Use this conference and networking opportunity to showcase your everyday collaborations alongside developing programs. Location: Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, MN. Learn more »

 

 

Archiving Classes - The Society of American Archivists often has events in Minnesota. Register »
Collections Webinars - The Connecting to Collections Online Community offers free webinars. Register » 
Document Conservation - NEDCC has many webinars on paper, books, and similar items and topics. Register » 
Nonprofit Education - Propel Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits feature local training.

Online Continuing Education

Free Webinar Recordings
Wisconsin Historical Society has pre-recorded webinars available for viewing: Intro to PastPerfect 5 and Basic Archival Supplies and Preservation Methods.

Free Collections Care Webinars
Connecting to Collections Online Community offers "Caring for Yesterday's Treasures--Today," a series of free, online courses about the preservation of archival and historical collections. Check online for dates and registration information.

ONLINE MUSEUM CLASSES THROUGH NORTHERN STATES CONSERVATION CENTER
Online museum classes offered by the Northern States Conservation Center.

Online Information for Exempt Organizations

IRS Exempt Organizations has developed an educational website with an online version of their popular workshop for Small and Mid-Sized 501(c)(3) organizations, plus mini-courses on other topics of interest, including information on the redesigned Form 990.

PastPerfect Online Training

The online training classes, "Cataloging Your Collection with PastPerfect 4.0" and "Managing Contacts, Donations and Membership with PastPerfect 4.0" are taught by a live, experienced PastPerfect instructor via internet and conference call.

Free ADA Training

Ten free training lessons regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act are available online from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Preservation 101

Northeast Document Conservation Center offers a set of free online courses in the basics of caring for objects.