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Museums & Non-profit Management Resources

(Links highlighted in Grey are broken links and need updated)
 
General Museum Stuff Links
•  American Alliance of Museums (AAM-US)
•  American Association for State and Local History
•  AASLH Resource Lending Library
•  Museum Store Assoc.
•  Museum Employment Resource Center
•  Ohio Museum Assoc.'s Local History Notebooks
•  Ontario Museum Association - Tip Sheets
 
 


Collections, Accessions, Conservation
• PastPerfect Museum Software
•  Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums
            - Rights and Reproduction Information Network (RARIN) - photo release forms and copyright information
• Conservation/Preservation Information for the General Public
• Museum Collection Care - Northern States Conservation Care
• Conservation, Restoration, Preservation
• Conservation Corner: Articles from the Wisconsin Historical Society
          - A Written Collecting Policy
          - Collecting Forms and Agreements
          - The Museum Building: Collections Storage
          - Storage Shelves
          - Storing Your Collections: A Crucial First Step
          - Storing Your Collections: Following Through
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "A Primer on Museum Collection Management,"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Protecting Museum Collections in Storage,"
• OMA Tip Sheets - An Introduction to the Deaccession and Disposal of Collections
• National Park Service - Museum Handbook (NPS standards for: collections care, museum records, collections use)

Digitizing of Collections
• Library of Congress - Building Digital Collections: Technical Information & Background Papers
• OMA - Planning the Digitization of a Museum Collection (PDF file)
• OMA - Capture Your Collections - digitization tutorial
• Museum for Textiles Digitization Project
 
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Exhibits & Labels
• Interpretation - John Veverka & Assoc.
• Makes a Good Interactive Exhibit?
• Exhibit Design resources for museum professionals
• N.A.M.E .- the exhibitionist.html
• Smithsonian's Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
• Exhibit Builder Magazine

Wisconsin Historical Society
• Exhibiting Wisconsin's Local Heritage
    - What Is Interpretation?
    - Choosing a Local History Topic: Looking at Objects
    - Choosing a Local History Topic: Beginning with Concepts
    - Balancing Your Exhibit Program
    - Communicating Concepts
    - A Hierarchy of Labels
    - Labels: Writing Style
    - Exhibit Design: The Language of Artifacts
    - Summarizing Some Thoughts

Ohio Historical Society, Local History Notebooks
• "Exhibit Planning in the Small Historical Museum"
• "On Target With Off-Site Exhibits"
• "Planning and Creating Effective Exhibits on a Limited Budget - Part I"
• "Planning and Creating Effective Exhibits on a Limited Budget - Part II"
• "Using Social History in Exhibit Making: 'From Victory to Freedom' as a Case Study"

Ontario Museum Association - Tip Sheets
• Exhibit Maintenance Programs
• Improving Label Production
• Almost Instant Mounts and Plinths
• Renting an Exhibit
• Fee-for-Service Contracts for Exhibits and Other Museum Projects

Labels
• Exhibit Labels, Some Basic Guidelines for Small Museums
• Basic Techniques for Making and Mounting Exhibits
• Exhibit Label Content
• A Hierarchy of Labels
• Labels: Writing Style

Some Interesting "online" Exhibits
• California Gold Rush at Oakland Museum of California
• America's Story - from the Library of Congress
• Canton, New York: the Story in Words and Pictures
• Journal for Multimedia History
• Smithsonian Office of Education
• Best Museum Web Site Competition 2004 Winners
 
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Education Stuff
• Library of Congress - Facilitator Workshops
• Chicago Hist. Society - Welcome to Just the Arti-FACTS
• Chicago Hist. Society - Just the Arti-FACTS, (Chicago Fire)
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Making an Academic Connection"
• Montecello, The Home of Thomas Jefferson - Teaching Resources
• Plimouth Plantation -"Just for Kids" Website

Education Curriculums
• Teaching with Historic Places: Lesson Plans
• Learning Page of the Library of Congress
• Learning Page of the Library of Congress: Lesson Ideas
• History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers
• Living School Book

Museum Interpretation
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "The Challenge of Interpreting the Past"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Hard Choices About Lifestyle Interpretations"

Traveling Trunk Links
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Cache and Carry Museums: How to Build a Suitcase Museum"
• Maryland Historical Society: Teacher Resources (Traveling Trunks)
• Kansas State Historical Society, Traveling Resource Trunks
• Old Capitol Museum - Traveling Trunk Program
• Kelsey's traveling trunks open new worlds for area schools
• Anniston Museum of Natural History - Traveling Trunks
 
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Museum and Non-profit Management
• Nonprofit Career Resource Guide
• Nonprofit.about.com
• Non Profit. Info Resources -Web Sites
• The Charity Village: Research Section
• INC: Information For and About Nonprofit Organizations
• MAP for Nonprofits: Nonprofit Services and Volunteer Opportunity
• Nonprofit Charitable Org's - Home Page
• Minnesota Council for Nonprofits
• Ginsler & Associates Inc. - Free Resources
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Basic Advice for Historical Societies Wanting to Make a Difference in Their Communities"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Financial Management for the Local Historical Society"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "An Insurance Primer for the Local Historical Organization"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Security for the Small Historical Organization"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Maintenance Care in the Small Museum"
• OMA Tip Sheets - Maintaining your Museum Building and Grounds
• OMA Tip Sheets - Staff Benefits in Museums and the Cultural Sector

Business Planning
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Planning for the Future: Treat Your Hist. Organization Like a Business"
• What are the steps of a strategic planning process?
• SBA - Starting Your Business - Startup Kit
• SBA - Starting Your Business - Business Plans
• SBA - States Map - Local Information Matrix
• OMA Tip Sheet - Strategic Planning - Planning for Organizational Success

Board Members and Board Meetings
• Practical Hints for Building Your Nonprofit Board, Part I
• Charity Village Research: Sub-Index: Board of Directors and its Role
• Nat. Ctr. for Nonprofit Boards (BoardSource)
• Information about Nonprofit Boards of Directors
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Trusteeship for Local Historical Organizations"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Sustaining Leadership in Historical Organizations"
• OMA Tip Sheet - Tips for Boards - Policy Development
• OMA Tip Sheet - Governance: The Role, Responsibilities & Structure of Museum Boards & Committees

Meetings, Open Houses, and Public Programs
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Putting Together a Successful Membership Meeting"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Details, Details: Successful Public Programs"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Planning and Producing Community Celebrations and Special Events"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Community Anniversaries: A Time to Look at the Past, Present, & Future"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Sliding to Success"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "All That Work: A Living History Program"
• Annual Meetings
• Opening- (Open houses and opening receptions)
• Members, Memories, Programs
• OMA Tip Sheets - Obtaining and Using Visitor Feedback

Meeting Skill Building
• Group Skills (Committees, Teams, Focus Groups, etc.)
• 10 Great Ways to Close a Session
• Training tips downloads

Brainstorming
• Code of Ethics
• Rules for Brainstorming
• Brainstorming
• Brainstorming Techniques
• Affinity Diagram
• Mind Tools - Brainstorming
• Brainstorming
• Rules For Brainstorming

Volunteer Managment
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Volunteers Are People Too"
• Energize, Inc. - Volunteer Management - Volunteerism Resources for Directors of Volunteers
• Charity Village® Research: Sub-Index: Volunteer Recruitment, Relations and Management
• The Volunteer Dilemma - a Special Report
• Energize, Inc. - Volunteer Management - Volunteerism Resources for Directors of Volunteers
• OMA Tip Sheets - Planning for Staff and Volunteer Training
 
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Fundraising/Grantwriting
• Foundation center.org/
• Grant Proposals for Nonprofit Organizations
• Welcome to Donors Forum of Chicago WWW site
• Wisconsin Hist. Soc. - Seven Principles of Fund Raising
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "A Grant Writing Primer"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Capital Fund-Raising"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Fund Raising for Beginners"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Researching the Grant Review Process"
 
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Marketing - Writers and Designers
• Museum Marketing Tips, Tools and Resources
• What is marketing?
• Designer's Jumpola: Design and marketing resources, products, and how-to information
• Managing Your Museum Web Site
• Nonprofit Web Site Scenarios
 • Best Practices in Museum Web Site Design
• Best Museum Web Site Competition 2004 Winners
Writing, Design, Printing and Mailing Tips
• Net Tips for Writers and Designers
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Should Your Historical Soc. Publish Books? - Part I"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Should Your Historical Soc. Publish Books? - Part II"
• OMA Tip Sheet - Promoting Your Museum

Membership
• Wisconsin Hist. Soc. - Building Membership -- Part 1
• Wisconsin Hist. Soc. - Building Membership -- Part 2
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Ideas on Membership Development for Local Historical Societies"

Newsletters
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Planning Newsletters: Content & Design, Part I"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Planning Newsletters: Content & Design, Part I I"
• Newsletter Design Tips
• How effective is a newsletter as a development tool?
• Create a postcard newsletter
 
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Historic Building Preservation
• National Register of Historic Places
• The Sec. of Interior Standards & Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings-Index
• Electronic Rehab: An interactive web class on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
• Teaching with Historic Place
• OMA Tip Sheets - Maintaining your Museum Building and Grounds
 
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Research & History Links
• Lib of Congress - American Memory Collection
• American Memory Fellows Program -- Home Page
• National Archives and Records Admin. - General and National History Day Research
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Ordinary People and Everyday Life: Social History for Local Historical Organizations"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "With Fear and With Research: Clio Biblio Researches the History of Chicken Bristle Corner"
• Making of America - Primary Source Docs
• A Research Guide for Students
• Do History
• Do History- (Local history took kit)
• American History Outline
• My History is America's History
• History House: Books, Stories, and Historical Trivia
• Journal for multimedia History
• HarpWeek.com
• Researching Wisconsin Community History

Doing Oral Histories
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Oral History Basics"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Putting Oral History Interviews to Work - Part I"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Putting Oral History Interviews to Work - Part II"
• Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History
• Learning Page: Using Oral History: Lesson Overview
• Folklife and Fieldwork (Guide)
• Learning Page: Using Oral History: Lesson Overview
 
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