Conferences and Workshops

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Conferences/Workshops

Forum Race, Property, and Economic History
November 27 thru December 1 - Online Forum: Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is hosting an online forum on Race, Property, and Economic History. Organized and moderated by Walter D. Greason (Monmouth University), the forum will feature essays from C.N.E. Corbin (UC Berkeley), Kasturi “Rumu”
DasGupta (Georgian Court University), Devin Fergus (University of Missouri), Paige Glotzer (Harvard University), Tomas Gonzalez (Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, Boston), and Zebulon Vance Miletsky (Stony Brook University). During the week of the online forum, Black Perspectives will publish new blog posts every day at 4:30 a.m CST. Please join the conversation by using Black Perspectives (@BlkPerspectives) and AAIHS (@AAIHS) on Twitter; as well as discussions on AAIHS' account on Facebook.

November Federal Policy Update
November 16
- Webinar: 2 p.m. (CST). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Learn more about the federal policy process as they discuss developments regarding the debt ceiling, tax reform, and what to expect from the start of the fiscal year. Cost: No cost to attend.

Characteristics of a Healthy Nonprofit
November 28 
- Webinar: 1 p.m. (CST). Nonprofits Assistance Fund - Join this discussion of the role of financial health for the nonprofit mission. We will examine an overview of governance, management, and structural factors that indicate financial strength and review resources available for building effective financial practices. Cost: No cost to attend.

Nonprofit Communicators Workshop: What Should We Expect from a Web Redesign? 15 Things to Know 
November 28 
- St. Paul: 9 - 11 a.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - In this session, a nonprofit tech strategist, a web developer, and a nonprofit practitioner who recently worked on a web redesign will come together to offer their insight. You'll leave this session with knowledge about who is involved, what to look for and how to start the process. Cost: $45 members/$65 non-members.

Storage Environments: The Big Picture
December 5
- Webinar: 1 p.m. (CST). Connecting to Collections Care - Image Permanence Institute has developed strategies for a dynamic and sustainable approach to managing storage environments. This approach will reduce your carbon footprint and energy bill while still providing a proper preservation environment for collections. This presentation will discuss IPI research exploring how collections respond to changes in temperature and relative humidity and will present strategies for a dynamic approach to preservation based on our research. Cost: No cost to attend.

Webinar: Caring for Photograph Collections
December 5
- Webinar: 2 p.m. (CST). American Association for State and Local History - This webinar will examine suitable housing supplies, including paper, plastics, interleaving papers, boxes, and more. Environmental parameters for storage, proper labeling techniques, and safe handling of photographs will also be discussed. Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members.

Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference
April 18-22
, 2018 - Saint Paul: The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul MN. The conference will include 48 paper sessions that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world together to present new research on the history of the built environment. In addition, roundtable discussions and architectural and landscape tours are being planned to enhance the overall program. Registration opens January 9, 2018.

Making plans to attend the conference? Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental units, tribes, and educational institutions are eligible for an MHCHG Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota. The next Small Grant round deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018.

Imaging in Context: Introduction to Still Image Digitization for Smaller Institutions
November 9
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CST). Connecting to Collections Care - In this webinar, they'll describe the main elements of paper-based digitization, including the setup of scanning hardware and processing software, quality standards and best practices as defined by the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative, the scanning process itself, and they'll wrap up by giving an overview of how to preserve your digitized assets for the long-term. Cost: No cost to attend.

Using Financial Information for the Good of Your Mission
November 14
- St Paul: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nonprofits Assistance Fund - This new course offers analysis of an organization's numbers. Those who have attended Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance and Fundamentals of Budgeting are encouraged to attend the next step in financial management and strategy. Cost: $75.

Mobilize Your Board to Raise More Money
November 15
- St. Paul: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - This session focuses on board effectiveness and effective fundraising strategies. Put together, this day is sure to inspire you and your board to find new ways to jump-start the board's engagement and value as fundraisers. Cost: $75 members/$100 non-members.

NAGPRA for the Local Museum: An Introduction to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
November 16
- Webinar: 1 p.m. (CST) Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will describe the basics of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a Federal law pertaining to Native American human remains and cultural items, and when it applies to institutions. They will go over some important NAGPRA terms 
and concepts and introduce you to the National NAGPRA website and other resources available. Cost: No cost to attend.

Historic House Call: Interpreting Historic Landscapes
November 2
- Webinar: (CDT) American Association for State and Local History - This webinar will examine the variety of ways in which sites across the country are approaching the interpretation of diverse historic landscapes, from large estates to small urban sites, in order to expand a site's significance and stimulate engagement for contemporary audiences. Cost: $40.

Active Collections: How to Create a Leaner Collection for Greater Impact
November 7
- Webinar: 2 p.m. (CST). American Association for State and Local History - Join the interactive discussion of ideas and action items on innovative and possibly unconventional ideas for collections stewardship and management. Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members.

Are you prepared to implement FASB standards?
November 8
- Webinar: 9 a.m - 10 a.m. (CST): Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations - The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently issued the first major changes to accounting standards for NFPs in over 20 years. The new standards take effect for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, which means now is the time to prepare your organization to implement them. Cost: $10 members/$25 non-members.

AAIHS logoAfrican American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference
March 30 & 31
, 2018 - AAIHS invites you to attend their 3rd Annual Conference at Brandeis University, Waltham MA. Through a series of papers, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, films, and talks, this two-day conference will explore a wide-range of topics including religion, internationalism, slavery, sexuality, popular culture, and political thought. Early bird registration extends from January 1
2018 to February 14, 2018 and is $20 for AAIHS members; $60 for nonmembers. AAIHS is accepting conference proposals through November 15, 2017.

Imaging in Context: Introduction to Still Image Digitization for Smaller Institutions
November 9
- Webinar: 1 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will describe the main elements of paper-based digitization, including the setup of scanning hardware and processing software, quality standards and best practices as defined by the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative, the scanning process itself, and will wrap up by giving an overview of how to preserve your digitized assets for the long-term, including some details about collecting and storing metadata.

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Association of
Science - Technology Centers offers this toolkit that contains resources in the areas of leadership support, assessment, communication, professional development, career pipeline, and implementation of roles and responsibilities.

The Recent Past: Strategies for Evaluation
November 29 to 30
- Minneapolis: National Preservation Institute - Examine nationwide trends in mid-20th-century houses and neighborhoods, with an emphasis on the evaluation of large suburban developments, construction methods, and house types and plans. Review era-specific factors that help to identify and categorize these buildings. Evaluate survey methodologies and consider the impact of neighborhood zoning, subdivision design review, urban renewal, and owner associations. Discuss how to determine the significance and integrity of resources when evaluating eligibility for federal and state programs, such as the National Register and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.

Call for Session Proposals: Chicago 2018
The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting March 21-24, 2018, at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile in Chicago IL. The Program Committee invites session proposals on all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields. They are especially interested in proposals that align with the 2018 theme "Blurring Boundaries, Crossing Lines."

Forum - Collections preservation and conservation information
Do you have questions about caring for your collections? Join the Connecting to Collections Care Forum.

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.