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In collaboration with the Registrars Committee (RC-AAM), a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums. 



Live 90-minute webinar 

Getting Started on Collection Storage 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Collections not used are useless collections. All too often, loss of collection utility is a result of storage design - disorganization that makes it impossible to find things; poor quality storage materials that do not facilitate access or can contribute to deterioration; or ill-conceived housings that frustrate access and promote damage. In this webinar, expert practitioners explore the fundamentals to collection storage that are critical for successful stewardship. 

Who Should Attend 

This webinar will benefit curators, collection managers, registrars, conservators, institutional planners, administrators, or anyone involved in planning or running a collection storage facility.  

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in the program, attendees will be better able to: 
  • Comprehend the scope of issues that need to be taken into consideration in making storage decisions 
  • Implement practical approaches for creating appropriate storage 
  • Understand the key role played by risk analysis in the planning, creation and management of storage facilities 
  • Appreciate how issues like facilities management and material choices affect long-term storage
  • Engage institutional colleagues in more productive partnerships for collections storage and care


  • John Simmons, principal, Museologica Inc.


  • Lisa Elkin, chief registrar and director of conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 
  • Chris Norris, senior collection manager, Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT 
  • Greg Stevens, assistant director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums 


  • Free: Staff of Alliance Tier 3 Museum Members  
  • $25: Staff of Alliance Tier 2 Museum Members, Ally Members, Industry Partner members and Individual members 
  • $50: Staff of Alliance Tier 1 Museum members and Non-members* 

You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours. Webinar access instructions will be sent via email closer to the live event.

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“Webinar Watch and Talk” Events

The following institutions will be hosting Webinar Watch and Talk events in conjunction with this program. If you are in or near one of these locations, we invite you to join colleagues for a no-cost learning and networking opportunity. There is no cost to host or attend an event. Events consist of:

  • 30 minutes of pre-webcast networking
  • 90-minute live webcast
  • 60 minutes of post-webcast facilitated discussion or activity.

If you are interested in hosting an event at your museum, please contact Greg Stevens. There is no fee for hosting or attending a local watch and talk event. The deadline for host information is November 11.


Stevens County Historical Society and Museum
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Main Gallery
Light refreshments available.
Contact Host for more information: Hannah King


Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Museum admission included. This is a brown bag lunch event.
Contact Host for more information: Brooke Wagner   


The Wisconsin Veterans Museum
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Education Center
Attendees may take an optional tour of collection storage following the program.
Contact Host for more information: Sarah Kapellusch

*Check your Museum’s Membership Status 

Check your museum’s membership status: 

  • Login to your existing account.   
  • Click on Edit Profile. Under the Profile Overview tab, you will see the membership status for you and for your organization.  
  • If your museum is not a member or it’s time to renew, it’s easy to join or renew online. (If someone else in your institution makes decisions about the museum’s professional memberships, please forward this information to that person). 
  • Call us at (866) 226-2150 and we’ll gladly assist you in joining or renewing, or answer any questions about the new museum membership program. 
  • Email Membership and we’ll be happy to help you login and join or renew, and answer any questions.

About the Getting Started Series

The AAM Getting Started series presents basic and practical information on selected topics for museum colleagues new to their functional role and/or individuals entering the museum field from a different industry.  By participating in these programs, attendees will be better able to develop and apply core job knowledge; utilize related tools and resources for continued professional growth; and exchange information, ideas and inspiration with peers. These programs are planned in collaboration one or more of AAM’s 22 Professional Networks.  

About the Registrars Committee 

The Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) is one of the largest of 22 Professional Network Committees of the American Alliance of Museums. RC-AAM strives to provide accurate, up-to-date information pertinent to the job responsibilities of registrars, collections managers and other collections professionals.  This includes the dissemination of information and discussion of best-practices; current legal information as related to the profession; and information about conferences and workshops around the world. It is also a vehicle for networking with other museum registrars, other museum professionals, and those who provide services critical to registration/collections management such as preparators, shippers, insurance providers, and conservators.   

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.