Past Webinars

Get free, museum training! Every week, we host free webinars designed especially for small museums on topics ranging from accessibility to video production. Here, you’ll find our past webinars, ready for you to watch! 

 

 

 

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About our webinars

A new module is introduced each month with an introductory session or technical training workshop offered each week. All sessions have been broadcast live with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions in real time. Session recordings and transcripts are available in each module after a live event. 

We offer free, downloadable toolkits for each module!

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Get inspired and get started

Our first ten live learning modules are focused on digital media and technology topics. Each module features an introductory session by museum professionals who connect topics to real-world museums with real-world budgets, followed by three technical training workshops taught by subject-matter experts and tailored to varying levels of experience.

Podcasts | Module 6

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Intro Session: Get Inspired
September 9, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level
Presenters: Amanda Kay Gustin, Public Program Manager, Vermont Historical Society
Barre, Vermont, and Joe Williams, Director – Native American Programs, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota

 

Description: Has your museum considered making a podcast? Podcasting can help small museums engage with the public, educate, entertain, and make connections to collections, creators, and diverse audiences in a cost-effective way. Join this introductory session to get inspired.

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Virtual Exhibitions | Module 5

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Technical Workshop 3: Exhibition Design in Virtual Environments
August 26, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Advanced Level
Presenter: Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins, Digital Artist, Academic, and Cultural Critic, Boston, MA

Description: Dr. Nettrice Gaskins will bring the perspectives of both the digital artist and digital curator to look at exhibition design in virtual environments. 

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Virtual Exhibitions | Module 5

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Technical Workshop 2: Web-based Approaches
August 19, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Intermediate Level
Presenter: Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Practice, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington, DC

Description: The second technical session in Module 5 will investigate the connective and distinguishing elements between curating an online exhibition and designing a website. When must a digital curator wear the hat of a web developer? Join this workshop to learn strategies for ensuring online curatorial practice is not lost in a myriad of technical issues. Experience demonstrations on WordPress and Squarespace, and learn about costs and benefits of using other content management systems (CMS) for online exhibitions.

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Virtual Exhibitions | Module 5

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Technical Workshop 1: Strategies, Project Workflow, and Efficient Design
August 12, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level
Presenter: Dr. Rene G. Cepeda, independent art historian and curator, Puebla, PU, Mexico

Description: When is it appropriate to create an online exhibition? What are the differences between an online exhibition and a physical one? Where does the creation of a virtual exhibit begin? Join this technical session to better understand the methodological framework required to create a virtual exhibition as well as the philosophical challenges involved.

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Virtual Exhibitions | Module 5

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Intro Session: Get Inspired
August 5, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level
Presenters: Meg Salocks, Director of Marketing and Engagement, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and Matt Farah, Associate Curator/Exhibitions Coordinator, The Historic New Orleans Collection

 

Description: Thinking about adding virtual exhibitions to your museum’s menu of offerings? Looking for guidance on how museums have organized exhibits beyond their galleries, absent four walls and dramatic lighting, and to learn how they pushed the technological and creative limits of their virtual presence? Join this introductory session to hear from museum staff who successfully created online exhibitions.

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Managing Website Projects | Module 4

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Technical Workshop 3: Managing the Project
July 27, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Intermediate Level
Presenter: Despi Mayes, Founder & Lead Strategist, Bluebird, Indianapolis, IN

Description: Join us this week to get the inside scoop on how to manage technical resources with confidence. We’ll identify common pitfalls that derail web projects and how to prevent or solve them. Learn how to plan a successful website launch and tackle post-launch maintenance.

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Managing Website Projects | Module 4

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Technical Workshop 2: Setting Content Priorities
July 21, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Intermediate Level
Presenter: Despi Mayes, Founder & Lead Strategist, Bluebird, Indianapolis, IN

Description: Join this session to learn about methods to streamline content planning with helpful tracking tools. Plus, we’ll practice ways to identify content gaps, find creative ways to fill them, and explore innovative ways to tell stories online without breaking the budget. 

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Managing Website Projects | Module 4

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Technical Workshop 1: Plan for Success
July 13, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level
Presenter: Despi Mayes, Founder & Lead Strategist, Bluebird, Indianapolis, IN

Description: Join this session to learn about methods to streamline content planning with helpful tracking tools. Plus, we’ll practice ways to identify content gaps, find creative ways to fill them, and explore innovative ways to tell stories online without breaking the budget. 

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Managing Website Projects | Module 4

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Intro Session: Get Inspired!
July 6, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level, Peer-to-peer introductory session
Presenters: Cathy Saunders, Lighting the Way Coordinator, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Dr. Fran Kaplan, Co-Founder, Nurturing Diversity Partners and consultant, America’s Black Holocaust Virtual Museum

Description: Does your museum’s website allow those who manage it to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances? Can you easily create or update a digital exhibit or oral history file? Are you able to cross promote events, stories, and objects on all of your pages? Join this session to hear from museum professionals who have managed website projects through times of great change using teams of volunteers, in-house staff and community partners. Learn about projects that have been agile, effective, budget friendly and forward thinking!

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Managing Digitization Projects | Module 3


Technical Workshop 3: Imaging Standards and Logistics in Digitization Projects
June 29, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Advanced Level
Presenter: Elizabeth Chiang, George Eastman Museum

 

Description: Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of how to work with the resources you have to achieve your digitization goals. During Tech Workshop 3, we’ll take a look at equipment and space setups; technical imaging standards and how these standards contribute to long term digital preservation plans; tools for ensuring that the digital files have the longest lifespan possible; an overview of QA/QC models in the cultural heritage imaging field; and how to scale up over time.

 

Managing Digitization Projects | Module 3

Technical Workshop 2: How to Build a Digitization Project
June 22, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Intermediate Level
Presenter: Lindsey Richardson, Owner, Museum Person

Description: Now that you know why, how: How do you plan a successful project, where do you start, how do you identify priorities? What should you include? Should you digitize in-house or use a vendor?  What are your short- and long-term goals and considerations? Tech workshop 3 in the Managing Digitization Projects module will address these questions and offer tips for digitization project managers as they get started.

 

Managing Digitization Projects | Module 3

 

Technical Workshop 1: Digitization: Strategy and Purpose
June 15, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level
Presenter: Dr. Rhonda D. Jones, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro

 

Description: The first technical workshop in our June series will address the “why” and “who” of collections digitization projects – why your digitization project matters and to whom; the importance of defining your digital collection project’s purpose, audience, and interfaces; the role of digitization in your museum’s access strategies and how communities will use your digital collection; how to use metadata for findability and to support public use/access.

 

Managing Digitization Projects | Module 3

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Intro Session: Get Inspired!
June 8, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level, Peer-to-peer introductory session
Presenters: Ann Stegina, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska; Carolyne Hart, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota; and Taylor McKeown, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota

 

Description: Thinking about tackling a digitization project? Not sure where to begin? Join this introductory session to hear from museum staff who successfully conceptualized, planned and implemented projects to expand the online presence of collections. Presenters will share different approaches to digital projects and discuss goals, budget (or lack thereof,) planning process, partnerships and technologies utilized to turn museums inside out and make collections accessible online. 

 

Live Streaming | Module 2

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Technical Workshop 3: Live Streaming with Multi-Source Content
May 27, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Advanced Level
Presenter: David London, The Peale Center

Description: This workshop will be a deep dive into streaming virtual tours and events using multi-source content. Learn tools to manage multi-layered presentations using live production studio software to combine pre-recorded media and live presenters, including sign language interpreters. The session will offer insight and training on specific software that have been vetted and used by others and will provide a deeper understanding of live mixing tools, and available technology. A variety of hardware considerations will also be discussed.

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Live Streaming | Module 2

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Technical Workshop 2: Audience Participation in Live Streamed Programs
May 20, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Intermediate Level
Presenter: Alex Freeman, Texas Association of Museums

Description: The second workshop in Module 2 will address technologies and tools that enhance audience participation and interaction in live streamed programming. Learn more about when and how live stream features such as chats and breakout rooms can be used alone or in combination with other available online tools to provide a participatory virtual experience. Gather best practices and tips for live audience participation (with or without audio and video) and how to manage the logistics of interactive live-streamed programs and events.

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Live Streaming | Module 2

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Technical Workshop 1: Intro to Live Streaming
May 13, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level
Presenter: David London, The Peale Center

Description: The first workshop in Module 2: Live Streaming will focus on tools, technologies, and tips for one-way live streamed broadcasts and will lay the groundwork for more complicated streaming needs and audience interaction. During this workshop, learn about available tools and technologies available for live broadcasts involving presenters and simple, pre-recorded content and how to get started. 

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Live Streaming | Module 2

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Intro Session: Get Inspired
May 6, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level, Peer-to-peer introductory session
Presenters: Ross Stanton Jordan, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (left), and Kristi McMillan, Asheville Art Museum

Description: Seeking inspiration to tackle a live streamed event or virtual tour? Join this introductory session to hear from museum staff who successfully developed live virtual programs, tours, and events with small budgets and basic technology tools. Presenters will discuss virtual tours and live-streamed, collaborative community events with focus on project details including creative partnerships, intended audiences, translating physical into virtual experiences and the life cycle of virtual events.

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Digital Accessibility and Inclusion | Module 1

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Technical Workshop 3: Accessibility in Digital Collections
April 29, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Advanced Level
Presenters: Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, Prime Access Consulting

Description: The final workshop in the Digital Accessibility and Inclusion module will focus on digital collections. From the time an object is acquired, cataloged, entered in the database, to when and how it is published online, there are many opportunities to ensure that collections are accessible and encourage exploration and participation by all.

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Digital Accessibility and Inclusion | Module 1

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Technical Workshop 2: Live/Streamed Program Accessibility
April 22, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Intermediate Level
Presenters: Sina Bahram, 
Ana Chiaretta Lavatelli, and Corey Timpson; Prime Access Consulting

Description: The second workshop in the Digital Accessibility and Inclusion module will focus on the ways that small museums can ensure that live-streamed and video programming are accessible to and inclusive of individuals of all abilities. Instructors will address the pros and cons of different video platforms and how to incorporate live captioning, American Sign Language (ASL), image descriptions, and other services.  

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Digital Accessibility and Inclusion | Module 1

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Technical Workshop 1: Intro to Digital Accessibility and Inclusion
April 15, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Beginner Level
Presenters: Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, Prime Access Consulting

Description: The first workshop in the Digital Accessibility and Inclusion module will be an introduction to best practices for a wide range of digital projects including web and social media. Instructors will offer practical advice, tips and tricks for small museums who wish to identify areas for improvement in existing projects and/or implement inclusive and accessible design standards from the start.

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Digital Accessibility and Inclusion | Module 1

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Intro Session : Get Inspired!
April 8, 2021 | 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
Presenters: Robin Marquis, The Peale Baltimore; Katy Menne, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport; Meredith Peruzzi, National Deaf Life Museum
Beginner Level: Peer-to-peer introductory session

Description: This introductory session will bring together staff of small museums to share their approach to ensuring that their digital projects are accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities. Learn more about their organizations’ access journeys, discover how they pivoted during the pandemic, hear how they balance the wide-ranging accessibility needs of visitors – all while navigating limited budgets and staff capacities.

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