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Live 90-minute webinar

Tackling Collections Backlogs for Small Museums

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Join colleagues with a range of experience working in and with small museums in a practical, focused discussion on issues related to tackling collections backlogs. We'll talk about ways to approach a collections backlog, prioritize tasks and implement practical solutions. Presenters will offer suggestions for immediate, intermediate and longer-range solutions and action steps and will discuss how tackling a collections backlog fits within an overall collections management strategy. Additional resources will be provided. 

How Will I Benefit?

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Strategically tackle collections backlogs
  • Prioritize tasks related to collections backlogs
  • Take positive action to resolve collections backlog-related issues

Who Should Attend

Staff and volunteers working in collections-related positions in small museums.


  • Karen DePauw, coordinator, Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN
  • Charlotte Fitz-Daniels, executive director and curator of collections & exhibitions, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC
  • Jessica Jenkins, independent museum consultant
  • Melinda McCrary, executive director, Richmond Museum of History, Richmond, CA

Special Guest

  • Cynthia Ann Bettison, director & archaeologist Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City, NM


  • Tamara Hemmerlein, director, Local History Services (and SMAC chair), Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis
  • 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, Individual members
  • $50: Staff of Alliance Tier 1 Museum members and Non-members*
Register Now

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

All Alliance live webinars feature text chat, audience interactivity, Closed-Captioning, and access to presentation handouts and other resources. All Alliance webinars are recorded and archived for later access.

“Webinar Watch and Talk” Events

We invite you to join local colleagues for a webinar “watch and talk” event, a no-cost learning and networking opportunity. The following institutions will be hosting webinar “watch and talk” events in conjunction with this program. See details below for times, locations and RSVP information. There is no fee for attending a local event, but space at some locations is limited and RSVP is required. Most events consist of:

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

Please note: attendees at local events will not have access to the program recording post-event. Parking fees and transportation are not included in local events. AAM is not responsible for onsite accessibility, webinar access, technology support and facilitated discussion.

Dorothy G. Page Museum 
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Alaska Standard Time
Curtis D. Menard Sports Complex
Host contact for more information: Bethany Buckingham

Casa Grande
The Museum of Casa Grande 
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT
Heritage Hall on museum grounds
Coffee and water will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Host contact for more information: Berlin Loa

Denver Art Museum 
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. MT
Sharp Auditorium
Attendees enter the Hamilton Building and check in with greeter at door. You will be directed to the Sharp Auditorium on the basement level. Food is not allowed in the auditorium. Attendance at the webinar will not include free admission to the rest of the museum.
Host contact for more information: Isabel Tovar

Museum of Science & History 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Community Conference Room
Attendees may tour the museum at no cost, prior to the program beginning. Please check in at the visitor desk for admission.
Host contact for more information: Lena Hernandez

Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science 
In partnership with Southwestern Indiana Collections Connection Association (SICCA)
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CT
1st Floor Learning Center
Attendee will be checked in at the door. Light refreshments will be served during the post-webinar gathering.
Host contact for more information: Kaman Hillenburg

Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park 
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CT
Conference Room, Vermilionville Living History Museum Visitor Center
Host contact for more information: Anne Mahoney

North Carolina
Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
HF Robinson Auditorium
Light refreshments will be served.
Host contact for more information: Pam Meister

High Point
High Point Museum 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Education Classroom
Free parking, drinks and snacks.
Host contact for more information: Marian Inabinett

Heritage Alliance 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School
103 Franklin Avenue, Jonesborough
Host contact for more information: Deborah Montanti

Birthplace of Country Music Museum 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Performance Theatre
Attendees may tour our new special exhibit at no cost at the end of the webinar and facilitated
discussion period.
Host contact for more information: David Lewis 

Lacey Museum
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT
Lacey City Hall, Community Room
Brown bag or order Jimmy John's for lunch
Host contact for more information: Erin Quinn Valcho

Wisconsin Veterans Museum 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Education Center
In collaboration with the Wisconsin Federation of Museums. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch.
beverages will be provided. Attendees may tour the museum before or after the webinar.
Host contact for more information: Sarah Kapellusch  

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.

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  • 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.