Museum Association of Arizona


2018 MAA Spring Conference

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A collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or ... to run a museum

Resource Materials


Making+Learning in Museums and Libraries (IMLS 2015)

Everybody DIY: Why and how the Arizona Science Center created its own makerspace by RaeAnn Fox. Museum March/April 2018.

Volunteer Management

Boomer Volunteer Engagement by Jill Friedman Fixler and Sandie Eichberg

Planning Your Volunteer Program by Kat Selvocki and Chantal Emmanuel

The Four R’s of Volunteering

The Three R’s of Volunteer Manageent

Find Software.  Read real user reviews, compare products, and get the latest software research to find the right solution for your business.

Management software

Free programs

Signup Basic is the free basic program, best for small, locally focused nonprofit organizations.

Features Include:Mobile signups, Printable rosters and calendars.

Son of Service (SOS) is a free and open offering limitless volunteer records and coordinator accounts/logins. 

Features Include:Event reporting, Volunteer information storage, Work history spreadsheets.

VolunteerLocalincludes unlimited tracking for jobs, shifts, and volunteers. It is best for smaller nonprofits. 

ourVolunteersis a free volunteer management that offers a few extra features through a premium subscription. Includes scheduling, Email reminders for volunteers, Volunteer tracking, Virtual volunteering capabilities, 1,000 volunteer maximum.

Sign-Up GeniusSchedule volunteers, organize events, it works best for a one-time event.

For a fee

Galaxy Digital's Connect products are mobile-friendly volunteer management software That are designed to help organizations of all types to better manage, grow, and track their local volunteerism.

VolunteerMark is a cloud-based software program for communication including text messages and emails, automatically reminders. Create one-time events with unlimited shifts and repeating positions, track service hours.  

VolunteerLocalorganizess, manage, schedule and communicate with volunteers. There is a fully functional free service (no ads) as well as paid versions with advanced features.

InitLiveis a staff/volunteer management tool designed for events, customize scheduling, recruitment, shift assignment. Manage staff on-site on event day - all event.

Exhibits and the Visually Impaired

Art Beyond Sight

Vocal Eyes

Works with arts organizations across the United Kingdom to identify and remove barriers to access and inclusion for blind and partially sighted people.  Publishes an Annual State of Museum Access (in UK Museums)

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Museums and Exhibits

Audio description, text transcription and content recording
Brynn O’Hara Voice Over–

Tour guide handsets

Braille labels
Terra Reproductions

Grant funding  
National Federation of the Blind:

Collections Databases
How Do We Select a Collections Management System

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Collections Management System

5 Tips for Finding the Right Collections Management System

Collections Management Systems and Vendors 

Surveys of Hazards 
Arsenic, Old Lace, and Stuffed Owls May Be Hazardous to Your Health: Health Hazards in Museum Collections.    Illinois Heritage Association Technical Insert 50 (1991).

Hazardous Materials in Your Collection.   NPS Conserve-O-Gram Number 2/10 (August 1998)

Guidelines for the Handling of Pesticide Contaminated Collections.   NPS Conserve-O-Gram Number 2/19 (January 2002)

Collections Storage Materials
AIC Wiki: Oddy Test Results: Exhibition Adhesives and Tapes

A Systematic Approach to Selecting Inexpensive Conservation Storage Solutions by P. Garside and L. Hanson

Safe Plastics And Fabrics For Exhibit And Storage.  NPS Conserve-O-Gram 18/2 (August 2004).

Table of resin codes for conservation reference.

Online Fundraising
Using Online Tools to Help Raise Funds for Your Organization by Dr. Tamera Zivic


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