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Online Programs

Find information about upcoming Alliance online programs below. Information about local "Watch and Talk" events are available on the individual program pages.

Fall 2017 Getting Started Series

  • The Getting Started with Employee Onboarding program took place on Thursday, September 14 and included defining and crafting an onboarding process; developing activities to include at various points in your onboarding program; and creating an onboarding toolkit for your institution. Check out #employeeonboarding and #museumprofs on Twitter for tweets from this program. 
  • The Getting Started with Working across Generations program took place on Wednesday, September 27 and discussed various generations in the workforce today (traditionalists, baby boomers, genX, millennials, and gen2020), what characterizes them, what myths and truths are associated with each, and how we might address issues and concerns as we all learn to get along—and succeed—at work. Check out #generations @aamers on Twitter for tweets from this program. 

Live 90-minute webinar

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Photographic documentation is an essential aspect of collections management, helping mitigate risk by reducing the need for object handling, and providing opportunities to increase the accessibility of your collection. To get the most out of your photography projects you need to be sure you can take full advantage of your available resources. Lights and cameras are basic starting points, but there are many other aspects to consider. This webinar will cover different methods behind photographic documentation, and provide tips for implementing them–whether you are photographing an object for cataloging or condition reports, or looking for ways to digitize your collection.

More Upcoming Alliance Programs

Inclusive Storytelling in Museums

An EdComversation Online Discussion

Thursday, October 19, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)
Join this talk-show style online conversation to discuss “Out West: LGBT Stories of the American West”, a program series designed to illuminate positive contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to the history and culture of the American West. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the power of storytelling in our practice and how it relates to our audiences.

New Museum Member Welcome

Live 90-minute webinar

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

This orientation is targeted at new museum members, although any member wishing to gain better knowledge of AAM benefits is welcome. The webinar will lead participants through their benefits and explain how to connect to AAM resources and how to connect with other museum professionals through networking and social media. We’ll also cover tips for getting started on advocacy.

Environmental Sustainability Best Practices from the Field

Live 90-minute webinar

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Join museum professionals from the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership in San Diego and the Smithsonian Institution as they discuss the environmentally sustainable best practices they instituted within their institutions. This webinar will feature colleagues that have been able to set and match realistic goals in relation to available resources; and, in doing so, were able to significantly impact their institutions. These organizations are winners of the 2017 Sustainability Excellence Awards, a signature program of AAM PIC Green.

Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions

Live 90-minute webinar

Thursday, December 14, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Violent murders, rampant xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and gender and economic injustices vibrate around us. Is there a way that exhibitions can create spaces that authentically address these issues in all of their moral messiness without rushing to feel-good emotions, harmony or even empathy? Can there be space for outrage? An exploration of four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage will offer critical examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions. Find out how you can design for outrage in your institution.

Recorded Webinars

With over 70 programs to choose from, our recorded webinars cover a range of topics, and offer an affordable, accessible and convenient online learning opportunity for you, your staff and your colleagues. Purchase of each recorded webinar includes access to the archived recording and presentation materials. Programs originally produced after 2009 feature closed-captioning.

Click on the categories below to browse our webinar library.

How Does it Work?

Alliance webinars are originally presented live, recorded and archived for later access. Before purchasing, run a technical check to make sure your system is compatible. After purchasing a recorded webinar, you will receive access instructions to view the program at your own convenience.