Conferences and Workshops

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The following list is gathered by the Local History Services team. Please send updates as needed.

Conferences/Workshops

Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers
June 21
- Ely: 1 to 4 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - This interactive, skills-practice workshop gives leaders and managers constructive tools to engage and energize staff to take initiative, problem-solve with confidence and do their best work. Location: Ely Folk School.

Strategic Financial Planning
June 27
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). Nonprofits Assistance Fund - This is an advanced webinar designed for nonprofit leaders who want to take their financial management skills to the next level.

Willmar Area Lunch and Learn
June 27
- Willmar: 12 to 1 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Nonprofits in the Willmar area are invited to join this free, informal discussion and information sharing group. This month's topic is Transparency and Accountability. Location: Willmar Area Community Foundation.

High Performing Teams in 5 Mindful Moves
June 28
- St. Paul: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - In this workshop, participants learn to apply 5 Mindful Moves to break through barriers, re-ignite passion, enhance creativity, and establish a unified vision.

Co-Sponsor an SAA Course or Workshop
Society of American Archivists has developed a wide array of courses and workshops that are available for hosting by repositories and other institutions

Board Chair Training
June 20
- Minneapolis: Nonprofits Assistance Fund - This governance training session prepares the Board Chair for governance responsibilities, leadership responsibilities, and best practices. You will enjoy this evening with other Board Chairs, sometimes joined by their executive directors. Location: Riverplace, Suite 145, Minneapolis MN. 

Metadata for Digitization and Preservation

June 20 & 21 - Online Course: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CDT). LYRASIS - This class is designed for catalogers and non-catalogers who are planning for access and preservation of digital materials. In the first session, topics include different aspects of metadata, including metadata formats, content rules, controlled vocabularies, data models, and metadata encoding (such as XML). The second session introduces the use of METS as an information package to include metadata and digital content. 

Strategic Financial Planning - Free Training
June 27
- Webinar: Nonprofits Assistance Fund - In this webinar, you will learn about analytical tools to assist in understanding your organization's current financial position and current business model, different techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision-making, and factors to consider when scenario planning and multi-year budgeting. 

Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk Assessment Approach
June 29 & 30
- Ames, IA: Society of American Archivists - This workshop combines a detailed look at copyright basics with a risk-management approach for archivists to use in assessing their own collections and institutional circumstances. The ultimate goal is to enable archivists to fulfill their fundamental purpose, achieving the widest possible use of their collections. Location: Iowa State University Library, Ames IA. Attendance is limited to 25. 

Twitter for Museums & Historic Sites
July 11
- Webinar: American Association for State and Local History - When used effectively, museums and historic sites can use Twitter to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. Join AASLH for an in-depth lesson on Twitter for museums and historic sites. 

AASLH 2017 Annual Meeting
September 6 through 9
- Austin TX: Registration is now open for the American Association for State and Local History's annual meeting. Gather with peers for networking and professional development. This year's theme is "I AM History." Cost: $328; $253 members for early-bird registration.

The Federal Budget: What's in it, Legislative Process, and Impact on Nonprofits
June 15
- St. Paul: 1 - 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Join Minnesota Budget Project, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities policy staff to learn more about the federal budget process, the President's budget, and how your organization can get engaged. You may attend this session in-person or virtually.

Building an Effective Nonprofit Board of Directors
June 15
- St. Paul: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - This workshop is designed for both experienced and new executives, staff, 
board members, and volunteers. The topics covered will provide an essential refresher for those more experienced as well as an important orientation for those newer to board development. Cost: $50 members/$75 nonmembers.

Strategic Financial Planning - Free Training
June 27
- Webinar: 12 - 1 p.m. (CDT). This is an advanced webinar designed for nonprofit leaders who want to take their financial management skills to the next level. In this webinar, you will learn about analytical tools to assist in understanding your organization's current financial position and current business model, different techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision-making, and factors to consider when scenario planning and multi-year budgeting. Cost: free.

Museum Assessment Program
July 1
(Deadline): The American Alliance of Museums' Museum Assessment Program helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer.

Fund Your Mission

Newberry Library Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
The Newberry Library Fellowship Program supports researchers using Newberry's collection. Both long-term fellowships and short-term fellowships are available.

Museums Publications Design Competition
June 16 
(Deadline): American Alliance of Museums recognizes superior execution and ingenuity in the graphic design of museum publications. Judges award prizes for the best publication in the competition. This year, judges will also be recognizing entries in any category that offer creative solutions and/or innovation regardless of institutional budget size.

AASLH Small Museums Scholarships
June 10 (Deadline): Apply for a scholarship to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting in Austin TX, September 6 - 9, 2017. These scholarships are available to a full or part-time paid or volunteer employee of a small museum (annual budget of up to $250,000).

Ensuring Sustainability with Data Driven Decision Making & Organizational Accountability
June 6
- Webinar: Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations -  Jennifer Sharma, from Cadence Strategic Solutions, will engage participants and provide information on building organizational capability to manage 
by data, ensure organizational and individual accountability, and engage staff in organizational results. Cost: $10 members/$25 nonmembers.

Who is Taking Care of Grandma's Grave? The Basics of Cemetery Care
June 7
- Webinar: 1 - 2 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care. This webinar will cover the basic steps of caring for historic cemeteries. Topics covered will include an introduction to documentation surveys and forms, an overview of general definitions required for documentation, photography tips, and an introduction to cemetery preservation planning and prioritization. Cost: Free.

Introduction to Email Preservation
June 8 
- Webinar: 1 - 2 p.m. (CDT). Society of American Archivists - This webcast will provide a basic understanding of the components of email, approaches to email preservation, emerging tools and research, and examples of successful email preservation projects.
Cost: Members $159 | Nonmembers $189.

Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference
July 12-15
- Des Moines IA: The 2017 AMM Annual Conference and Meeting "Strong Roots and Thriving Communities" will include a diverse line-up of workshops, sessions, events, and keynote speakers.?

Call for Award Nominations
Association of Midwest Museums invites nominations for career, leadership, best practices, and corporate achievement awards?

Atlas of ReUrbanism
This tool from the National Trust takes the massive amount of data currently available about cities and makes it more accessible, allowing for the exploration and discovery of connections between older buildings and economic, demographic, and environmental measures.?

2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop
June 12 to 18
- Online: HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory). The workshop is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects.

Artist Initiative Webinar
Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Artist Initiative grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
The session is offered on two dates. The content is identical.

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 3 p.m.

"Common Heritage" Grant Program
June 1
(Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities. Grants will support day-long events, organized by community cultural institutions, in which members of the public will be invited to share materials important to their family or community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, family letters, and works of art.

Documenting Endangered Languages
September 15
(Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities. To develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.

MALHM Conference Keynote Speaker Drawn to History

The keynote speaker at the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum's Annual Meeting and Conference has always been drawn to history. Formerly the executive director of the Cass County Historical Society (West Fargo ND), Steve Stark now combines his love of history with his drawing skills to create his "Illustrated History" presentations. Dressed in historical costume, Steve tells true tales of the past while fast-drawing them in charcoal on mounted rolls of paper. The political cartoonist and artist is known as "Mr. History" for his talks to more than 5,000 school children each year as well as adults throughout the region.

900-EZ

The IRS recently released an updated Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, that will help tax-exempt organizations avoid common mistakes when filing their annual return.

The updated Form 990-EZ includes 29 "help" icons describing key information to help small and mid-size exempt organizations avoid common mistakes when filling out the form and filing their return. The icons also link to additional information available on IRS.gov.

American Folklore Society Annual Society
The American Folklore Society will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, October 18-21, 2017, on the theme "Community: Resistance, Reclamation and Re-Creation." The field of folklore is inherently interdisciplinary, and they welcome the participation of presenters from allied fields. Preregistration is available at a discounted rate until August 31, 2017.

Co-Sponsor an SAA Course or Workshop
Society of American Archivists has developed a wide array of courses and workshops that are available for hosting by repositories and other institutions.

SAA Copyright Workshop
Society of American Archivists' workshop, "Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk Assessment Approach" combines a detailed look at copyright basics with a risk-management approach for archivists to use in assessing their own collections and institutional circumstances. The ultimate goal is to enable archivists to fulfill their fundamental purpose, achieving the widest possible use of their collections. Thursday and
Friday June 29 - 30 2017, at Iowa State University Library, Ames IA. Attendance is limited to 25.

This is a hands-on class, during which attendees will have a chance to look through the bound volumes of local newspapers within Morrison County Historical Society's collection. Call 320-632-4007 for more information or sign up online.

National Conference in Minnesota

The Organ Historical Society (OHS) is holding their 62nd Annual National Convention in St. Paul MN, August 5-11, 2017, at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel, highlighting organs in our nation's heartland with tours around the state and into Wisconsin of historic organs. OHS celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in the USA; in all its historical styles, through research, education, advocacy and music.

Wireless Environmental Monitoring: Is it right for you?
This free Connecting to Collections webinar is an update on the Connecting to Collections 2012 program on the topic. Join presenter Rachael Perkins Arenstein to learn what new products have come on the market in the last few years.

The full-day workshop, held at Ramsey House, St. Paul MN, costs $15 for MALHM members or $25 for non-members. (Lunch not included.) Sign up today! Space is limited to 50 participants.

Speakers include: Jane Pederson (Glensheen) - Instagram; Jayne Becker (Ramsey House) - Interpretation; and Aaron Novodvorsky (MNHS) - Museum Security. See MALHM website for more information. For more Information contact MALHM Coordinator Marci Matson at 612-500-7460.

Modernism on the Prairie Symposium Videos Available
Videos are posted of selected sessions from the three-and-a-half-day Docomomo US National Symposium "Modernism on the Prairie" held in the Twin Cities in June of 2015. Videos include presentations by the leading minds in the fields of architecture and preservation on the current issues facing modern architecture and cultural heritage preservation. Examples of available session videos:

  • Modern Sustainability
  • Concrete & Religious Modernism
  • Rural Modernism
  • Concrete Conservation

 

This webinar will take a look at laws that govern firearms and how museums can ensure they are legally obtaining weapons. The webinar will also address the care of firearms as composite objects, made of both organic and inorganic materials, in close contact. This can result in complicated deterioration reactions that make balancing storage conditions a challenge.

Museum Studies
The University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN is offering a new Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Details on their website.

 

 

 

 

US Department of Labor Finalizes New Overtime Rules; Free webinar offers guidance
The US Department of Labor has announced new regulations governing when an employee is eligible for overtime compensation. Under the new rules which go into effect on December 1, 2016-a full-time salaried employee earning less than $47,476 per year could now be eligible to receive overtime pay. The department estimates that 4.2 million workers will be affected by this change, and the nonprofit sector-including many museums and their workers will also be affected. 

Resources available to help:

Webinar Recording
If you missed Connecting to Collections' webinar "Deaccessioning Dilemma: Laws, Ethics, and Actions", you can listen to it and download the handouts for free.

HiFi History Podcast
HiFi History is a new podcast geared toward organizations dealing with historic preservation. The first episode is focused on how the National Trust manages their social media accounts and makes decisions related to social media.

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.

Annual Meeting Videos Available
If you missed the Minnesota Digital Library 12th Annual Meeting, the morning keynote and MDL Update sessions are now available online:

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.