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Conferences and Workshops

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


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.
Call for Proposals
Trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) community-based scholars and activists, academics, family members, and allies of trans and GNC people are invited to submit proposals for presentations, panels, posters, grass-roots projects, and workshops for the 2016 Moving Trans History Conference sponsored by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, Thursday March 17, 2016.

Deaccessoning Webinar
Connecting to Collections invites you to their free webinar, “The Deaccessoning Dilemma: Laws, Ethics, and Actions.” This webinar will address the deaccessioning and disposal of objects in the context of good collection stewardship, including criteria for justifying these decisions and deciding how to dispose of deaccessioned objects. November 19, 2015, 1 p.m. 

Caring for Originals during Scanning Projects
Explore how digitization provides an opportunity to stabilize, re-house, and even repair the analog within your collections with this two-hour online Lyrasis class. November 19, 2015, 2 p.m.

Introduction to Dublin Core Metadata
This two-hour online Lyrasis class will help you lay some of the basic groundwork needed to implement Dublin Core metadata in your institution. November 20, 2015, 2 p.m.

Webinar: Being Historic and Green 
American Association for State and Local History hosts Sarah Sutton of Sustainable Museums as she presents Being Historic and GreenDecember 2, 2015, 2 p.m. Free for AASLH Members; $40 for Nonmembers. 

JIMI 2016 Deadline Extended
Application deadline for the 16th Annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI), January 19-26, 2016, has been extended to November 6, 2015. JIMI provides an eight-day, total immersion environment for museum professionals to learn more about general museum administration and operations. JIMI offers opportunities for participants to learn management skills through presentations, small group discussions, projects and participatory exercises. Scholarships available!

Personal Digital Preservation: Bigger than a Shoebox
This live online Lyrasis class will explore the concerns of growing personal digital collections, discuss the preservation challenges and outline techniques to preserve our own digital treasures and records. November 17, 2015, 2 - 4 p.m.

Call for Presenter Proposals 
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) is requesting proposals for session speakers for its 2016 Annual Meeting in Willmar MN, April 27 & 28, 2016. Proposals should be informative, relevant, applicable to the field, and encourage opportunities for participant engagement. Please complete the form outlining your session proposal. Each session should last a minimum of one hour and should include time for questions/answers. Proposals are due by January 8, 2016. Completed session proposal forms should be emailed or sent to Jill Wohnoutka, MALHM Treasurer, 610 NE Hwy 71, Willmar, MN 56201.

The Volunteer Handbook
Northern States Conservation Center is offering the online course: The Volunteer Handbook. This course puts the volunteer program to paper. Create an outline and some draft text for a handbook providing consistency within the volunteers as well a legal support if ever needed. November 2 to December 11, 2015. Instructor: Karin Hostetter.

Care of Leather and Skin Materials
Northern States Conservation Center is offering the online course: Care of Leather and Skin Materials learn to identify leathers and surface finishes, determine their extent of deterioration, write condition reports, and understand the agents of deterioration that are harmful to leather and skins both in storage and on exhibit. November 2 to December 11, 2015. Instructor: Helen Alten.

Preservation Environments
This Northern States Conservation Center online course, Preservation Environments provides information for calculating whether the proposed improvements will actually improve the environmental control of your protective enclosure. Participants learn the advantages and disadvantages of numerous methods of temperature and humidity control. The course arms museum professionals with the knowledge they need to work with engineers and maintenance professionals and helps explain why damaged occurred and how to keep it from happening again. Cost: $499. November 2 - 30, 2015.

Mark your Calendars
Plan to attend the 2016 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference at the Sanford Center in Bemidji to get the latest information on tourism trends, sharpen your promotional skills with new ideas and approaches for marketing, and get a “sneak peek” at the next round of advertising planned for the Explore Minnesota Tourism advertising program. February 2-3, 2015.

Small Museums Accreditation Academy
The Small Museums Accreditation Academy is a AAM year-long Accreditation readiness program. At the end of the program a museum will have its core documents verified, have a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for Accreditation. Applications for the Academy are due by November 1, 2015. 



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.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Simi Valley CA, seeks an Education Outreach Manager.

NASPA, Washington D.C., seeks a Director for Equity, Inclusion, and Violence Prevention.

Director/Chief Administrator
National Atomic Testing Museum/Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, Las Vegas NV, seeks a Director/Chief Administrator.

Both novices and experts are encouraged to submit proposals or session ideas. Varied session formats are welcome. Questions should be sent to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table or Lori Williamson at 651-259-3252.

Registration for the Symposium is FREE!

MCN is also offering a great opportunity to help museum professionals attend the conference in Minneapolis. They are looking for volunteers to help with social media and on-site tasks starting on Tuesday November 3 through Saturday November 7, 2015. Volunteer shifts are 4-8 hours, and in return for each shift the volunteer receives free registration for one day of the conference. Volunteers can also attend more than one day of the conference for free if they serve multiple shifts.

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 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.