Professional Development Workshops

Maine Archives and Museums hosts professional development workshops throughout the state. See the calendar below for a listing of upcoming events and check back for updates.  We're always working on more!

Also check out the additional networking opportunities at MAM's Mixers: informal gatherings of colleagues working in collecting organizations and cultural institutions throughout Maine.  

Upcoming workshops

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • L.C. Bates Museum Visitors Center, Fairfield, ME
    • 6

    Natural History Collections:

    Addressing Issues from Mounted Specimens to Sea Shells

    This 5.5-hour workshop will focus on best practices handling historic collections for the purpose of storing and moving them.

    In this 5.5-hour workshop, Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will discuss the special needs of natural history collections and how to safely handle, exhibit and store them. He will talk about safety concerns for the people handling the collections as well as for the objects.  Come learn how to best care for the many organic objects from our natural world: from a mounted fish to hair wreath or from powder horn to a mounted bird. 

    An afternoon tour by the conservator of the museum's natural history collections will show both issues and solutions to the care of natural history collections and objects made form natural materials.  To gain specific information from the conservator, participants are encouraged to bring photos of natural history objects in their collections.

    Morning refreshments will be available.  Bring your own bagged lunch to enjoy at half time!

    The workshop will be held in the conference room at the visitors center, the building with the blue roof just north of the museum.

    This event is supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences.

    Your Presenter

    This workshop is presented by Ron Harvey, Conservator/Principal at Tuckerbrook Conservation.  Tuckerbrook Conservation offers conservation consulting, treatment, teaching, management, storage, long-term preservation, handling, lecturing, preservation workshops, conservation assessments and assessment of collections, including archaeological, ethnographic, fine art objects, outdoor sculpture, and zinc sculpture.

    The Venue

    The L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley, located on U.S. Route 201 in Hinckley Village in Fairfield, is a natural history museum that includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.

    The workshop will be held at the visitors center, the building with the blue roof just north of the museum.

    Online registration will be open through October 7.  To register after this date, contact Deborah Staber at or 238-4250.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 15 participants - register early to reserve your space! If the workshop fills up before you register, you can register to be on the wait list.

    Registration is free to MAM members (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St, Portland
    • 13

    Security and Customer Service

    for Museums and Libraries

    Customer service and security are intertwined. This two-hour workshop will cover issues that affect small and medium-sized museums and libraries and will offer concrete, hands-on solutions you can implement to help assure the safety of your collections and your visitors. Topics will include: 

    • Security of your building and landscape: red flags and quick fixes
    • Conflict resolution: how to handle angry or aggressive patrons 
    • Policies: how simple policies and procedures can keep you safe
    • Old Home Days: how to manage special occasions that draw large crowds
    • Alarm Systems: options and alternatives
    • In an Emergency: your relationship with your local police and fire departments

    The workshop will include tours of the Brown Research Library and Wadsworth-Longfellow House showcasing security and customer service issues.


    The workshop will begin at 2PM and continue until 4PM.  This includes tours of Brown Research Library and Wadsworth-Longfellow House showcasing security and customer service issues.

    At 4PM, you are invited to attend the MAM Social Mixer in the Longfellow Garden on Campus.

    Your Presenters


    This workshop is presented by Steve Landry and John Babin of Maine Historical Society.  

    Steve Landry, MHS Facilities Manager, has had over 25 years’ experience working in cultural institutions with duties that included staff safety training, insurance loss mitigation, and collections and public safety.  Steve is a Certified Institutional Protection Manager and recently became a Certified Visitor Relations Specialist.  

    As Visitor Services Manager at Maine Historical Society, John Babin is responsible for overseeing the paid guides and volunteer docents who give tours in the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, on the Longfellow Trail and the Historic Walking Tour of Portland. John is a Certified Visitor Relations Specialist from the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection.

    The Venue

    This event is hosted in the Earl G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society.  Paid parking is available in nearby garages and on the street.

    Online registration will be open through October 18.  To register after this date, contact Nan Cumming at 207-774-1822 ext. 231.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

    MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St, Old Orchard Beach
    • 12

    Book and Pamphlet Enclosures

    For museums and archives, proper enclosures can protect books and pamphlets from environments that are detrimental such as temperature, relative humidity, and UV light. There are many ways in building enclosures. This workshop will teach participants various quick and easy way to build enclosures. This is useful for those institutions with limited staff or time to spend on such projects.

    Book Conservator, Anastasia Weigle of IN A BIND Studio will offer this hands-on preservation enclosures workshop. It will address the following:

    • Building preservation enclosures using a single sheet of 20 pt. board
    • What materials and tools to use materials.
    • When to use this type of enclosure.

    NOTE: This workshop will not cover building drop-front or clamshell boxes.

    Attendees will need to bring their own lunch.


    The workshop will begin at 10AM and continue until 3PM.  A half hour will be provided in the middle of the day for lunch.

    Your Presenter

    Anastasia Weigle currently owns IN A BIND Studioas a book conservator, bookbinder, and artist. She has taught various workshops in bookbinding, materials repair, altered book and assemblage/multimedia art. Anastasia holds a B.A. in Natural Science Illustration with a minor in Museum Studies, an M.S.L.I.S. in Archives Management and is currently a doctoral candidate at Simmons College in Information Science. Anastasia's extensive background in library and museum archives has also spilled into her work as an assemblage artist. Her work reflects her profession as an archivist. Her academic skills and her artistic talents are tightly woven together to create a cohesive, structured body of work, which encourages the viewer to discover a piece of themselves inside her art. Anastasia was featured on National Cable Television HGTV’s “That’s Clever” in August 2006 and March 2007, was listed in the 2008 Studio Visit art catalog, featured as one of the ten assemblage artists in the Jan/Feb 2009 Maine Home and Design magazine, and in 1000 Artists Books. Anastasia has published works in The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Preserving Local Writers, Genealogists, Photographs, Newspapers, and Related Materials, and in the forthcoming book Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management.

    The Venue

    This event is hosted in the Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach.  

    Online registration will be open through November 4.  To register after this date, contact Anastasia Weigle at 207-493-5946.

    To make sure everyone gets a great experience, this workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register early to reserve your space!

    MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library), Waterville
    • 16

    Archival Basics

    This basic archival workshop will give attendees a holistic understanding of collections care by discussing fundamentals of archives, including governance, preservation, arrangement and description, storage, access and outreach. Specific examples will illustrate key points and a list of resources will be provided. 

    Colby Special Collections will provide coffee, tea, and cookies.


    2 - 3:10: Part 1 of the workshop, including Q&A on broad topics like governance, preservation, arrangement, and description

    3:10 - 3:30: Snacks

    3:30 - 4:30: Part 2 of the workshop including Q&A on more granular topics like storage, access, and outreach

    4:30 - 5:00: Optional page turning of John James Audubon's The Birds of America in Special Collections

    5 PM: MAM social mixer in at the Silver Street Tavern (2 Silver St) in downtown Waterville

    Your Presenter

    This workshop is presented by Pat Burdick, Assistant Director of Colby College Special Collections. Pat has been working with Colby's rare and unique materials for over 20 years. She received her MLS degree with an archival concentration from Simmons College and continues to serve as an archival consultant and workshop presenter throughout the state of Maine. Before finding her way to the world of archives, she completed a masters program in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh and Georgia Tech, working as a research engineer at MIT. She lives on North Pond in the Belgrade Lakes area with her covivant, artist Kevin James, and three lovely felines. She is a Master Gardener and helps to maintain the gardens at Skowhegan History House and the Fairview Grange in Smithfield as part of her yearly community service. 

    The Venue

    The Robinson Memorial Room is located in Special Collections at Miller Library on the Colby College Campus in Waterville.  View the campus map.

    Parking available in the Roberts Parking Lot, which is a short walk to the Miller Library.

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.

    Online registration will be open through November 8.  To register after this date, contact Pat Burdick at 207-859-5151 or

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

    MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    This workshop was originally scheduled for August 1, 2018, but had to be rescheduled.

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