BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Standards’

  • Local history organizations are identifying their greatest needs with help from agencies at the state level that have created programs and tools using StEPs and other assessment programs. Hear how a state historical society, historical commission, and state humanities council are using assessment programs to gather data, offer assistance, and effect positive change. Chair: Cherie […]

  • StEPs Labs are 75- or 90-minute webinars that provide you with valuable information and training from the comfort of your office or home. No travel expenses or extended time away! The webinars are offered in conjunction with AASLH’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations, a self-study program that helps small- and mid-sized history organizations assess […]

  • There’s been a lot of talk in the last few years about whether museums should consider breaking the “Rembrandt Rule,” the unwritten dictum that states every object in a museum must be treated equally, like a precious Rembrandt. Much of the discussion has been positive and probably has won a few converts, but is flexible […]

  • People say that money talks. Too often, however, people don’t want to talk about money. People often shy away from talking about finances beyond a cursory approval of the budget and financial reports until there is a crisis. Ongoing monitoring and conversations about finances are the foundation of a healthy organization. In this StEPs Lab, we […]

  • History Colorado has assembled a number of great resources dealing with preservation, archaeology, architecture and history. You can find forms, guides, and publications to assist you in your research and work by visiting this site. Most documents are free, but may carry shipping and handling charges if you choose to have them mailed to you. Resources […]

  • LISTEN: Interested in bringing more traffic to your digital collections? Want to participate with other great presidential sites and libraries to reach more people? Come and hear about Connecting Presidential Collections, a website that provides users one place to search across presidential resources. In this general session from the 2014 Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference, […]

  • The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is coordinated by the American Alliance of Museums. MAP helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer. The program offers four assessments: Organizational Collections Stewardship Community Engagement Leadership (full cost only) Non-competitive grants […]

  • This article, by Ron Kley, offers recollections of a participant in the earliest developments of Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging. Kley remains actively involved in the evolution of that classification/lexicon project – with a retrospective look at antecedents dating back to Biblical times, and some speculation regarding the future course(s) of the initiative. Takeaway Messages  The Nomenclature […]

  • This article explores the connection between the historic freakshows of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and modern museums. Additionally, the article offers a short history of dime museums as predecessors to today’s museum. Most museums and exhibits still try to entertain the masses, but with an emphasis on education; there are some, however, that still […]

  • This sample policy from the Early American Museum in Mahomet, Illinois, establishes the principles, procedures, and legal responsibilities for the acquisition, care, loan and use of its collections. From the policy: The Museum is committed to maintaining standards of professional and ethical excellence in all its actions and embraces the standards set forth by the […]