Professional Development Opportunities

This page includes professional development/continuing education opportunities that may be of interest to the museum, library and archive communities

Online Training

Connecting to Collections Care Online Community helps smaller cultural institutions to provide well-informed care for valuable collections. Search the website for preservation and conservation information, links to resources, access to recorded webinars and online discussions. All content in this Community, with the exception of special courses, is provided for FREE. This site is managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Northeast Document Conservation Center offers ongoing online and in-person training on collections care topics. Visit their website for information. 

Image Permanence Institute is offering a FREE webinar series starting in July 2019 designed to help teach cultural institution professionals how to set up an environmental monitoring program to be more environmentally sustainable. 
The following webinars are being offered with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, Education and Training Grant Program. Series I webinars are designed for institutions beginning a program; Series II webinars are for those with a year or more of environmental data, looking to advance data analysis and data-based decision-making. Each live webinar will run for approximately 60 minutes including time for questions, and webinar recordings will remain accessible through December 2020.

In-Person Training

Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) Biennial Conference
November 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Fall Conference
November 7-9, 2019
Cambridge, MD

SymposiYUM! Fall Symposium at George Mason's Gunston Hall
November 15, 2019
Mason Neck, VA

VAM's 2020 Annual Conference
March 7-10, 2020
Fairfax, Virginia

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo 
May 17-20, 2020
San Francisco, CA
Call for proposals deadline: September 23, 2019

American Library Association (ALA)V Annual Conference
June 25-30, 2020
Chicago, IL

ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020: Creating Our Future Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA and SAA
August 2–8, 2020
Chicago, IL
Call for proposals deadline:  Friday, November 15, 2019

September 23-26, 2020
Las Vegas, NV

October 19-21, 2020
Louisville, KY