You can probably see by now that working at the Historical Society takes a wide variety of skill sets. As professionals, our staff is always working towards improving our skills and learning new ones. This is why we’re always looking for professional development opportunities to attend, such as classes, workshops, webinars, and conferences. (Don’t tell the kids, but school never ends in this line of work!)
Topics for these opportunities range far and wide as our positions and expertise require. From webinars on proper archival storage climates to lectures on fundraising, our staff is always looking for learning opportunities.
Here’s a taste of what our staff has been learning recently:
Archives Manager Elizabeth and I attended the New England Archivists conference on ethics in archives a few weeks ago. Did you know that many museum professional organizations have a code of ethics? They are used as standards to create best practices from, as well as guide professionals through tricky situations.
Next up on our calendar is the New England Museum Association annual conference (their centennial one). Chris, Sarah, and Stacey will all be attending this three-day conference later this week - and you know they’ll have their pencils, phones, and business cards at the ready. Not only does NEMA’s annual conference allow us to learn from our peers, it also provides wonderful networking opportunities. Conferences such as this spark new ideas and create lasting partnerships between staff and organizations.
Professional development opportunities abound in our field. We’re lucky to be able to attend many of these sessions for free, and so can you. Though some are paid classes and conferences, there often are free or low-cost webinars and local lectures on a variety of topics related to museums and archives. So, keep an eye peeled for something educational, and don’t forget to bring a notebook!
-Lina Rosenberg, Operations Manager and Archivist
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