Webinars, Workshops, & Notices

Webinars and Workshops

Recent ICPN webinars:

All ICPN webinars have been archived and are freely viewable at any time.  Click ICPN Events to see a full list of our webinars; and then, and click on a webinar title for its description, resource list, and video link. 

Association of Midwest Museums
Communicating The Value of Museums
July 19-22, Cincinnati, Ohio

Registration for the AMM 2015
Annual Meeting and Conference is Open!

It has been a decade since AMM hosted a conference in the "Queen City," and we're delighted to revisit Cincinnati and enjoy its growth and revitalization. With a vibrant downtown and riverfront, Cincinnati is a lively and pedestrian-friendly city with a thriving arts and cultural scene. Having just passed a significant referendum to fund the restoration and preservation of Union Terminal, it is the perfect place to convene and talk about the importance of Communicating the Value of Museums. Don't miss out on this important opportunity to learn, network, and share with colleagues from around the Midwest. Join us for this learning opportunity full of sessions, workshops, keynotes, tours, and evening networking events that will help your museum reach further heights. Learn more about the AMM Annual Meeting in the 2015 Conference Guide.

Register before June 15 and take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount. AMM Members receive discounted rates.

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The IAM Annual Conference will be held in Springfield on September 24-25, 2015.  The theme of this year's conference is Museums + Schools = Transformative Learning.  The IAM Conference is an opportunity for museum professionals network, and attend sessions, workshops, and panel discussions on topics of importance to the field.  The Conference also includes the Annual Meeting and Awards presentations as well as opportunities to explore the historic homes and museums of the host city.  For more information visit www.illinoismuseums.org.

Certified Interpretive Guide Program

Instructor: Donald McLean

Date: June 1-5, 2015

Regular Registration: $915 (After May 4, 2015INCLUDES ON-CAMPUS LODGING


The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. Topics covered include: history, definition, and principles of interpretation;  making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant; organized, and thematic;  using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs; presentation and communication skills;  certification requirements (50-question literature review; program outline; 10-minute presentation);  all materials, workbook, and CIG course textbook. 


This course in open to anyone age 16 or over with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to interpretation may participate. Membership in NAI is not required, but NAI members may pay a discounted fee to participate in the program. You can also elect to take the training without becoming certified. You do not have to be an NAI member to take the training course.

The Summer Term is a great time to start (or complete) your CAMPBELL CENTER CERTIFICATE. We are offering back to back classes for students to conveniently complete more than one course per visit. Visit their website and click on SUMMER/FALL TERM to see what classes are available. 


Click CARLI training events to see training opportunities sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries. 

Society of American Archivists

Check out the workshops, seminars, & live webinars posted on the SAA website.

 Among the interest groups - numbering 74 and growing - that you can join at The Museum Resource Network, are the  "Museum Conservation & Preservation" and the "Collections Management" groups whose members are discussing topics that may interest you.


Welcome to the Illinois Collections Preservation Network!

The Illinois Collections Preservation Network (ICPN) was made possible by a Connecting to Collections grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.   The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action is a multi-year, multi-faceted national initiative funded by IMLS to help libraries and museums achieve the best possible care for their collections.

The Connecting to Collections initiative is a call to action, spurring activity at the local, state and national level to care for America's collections. This video was developed to underscore the importance of collections held in museums, libraries and archives throughout the U.S., and to inspire communities to take action.  ("Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action" video produced by Watertown Productions for IMLS and Heritage Preservation.)





Illinois' heritage collections are at risk!

Illinois heritage collections include irreplaceable works of art, artifacts, historical objects, books, documents, maps, photographs, audio and video tapes, digital records, and scientific specimens that document our state's unique cultural and natural heritage.  Many of these objects are at risk from natural hazards, human-made problems, inadequate environmental controls, unexpected calamities, and the inevitable processes of deterioration. 

The ICPN is a collaboration of 15 partner institutions and numerous individual and institutional members who want to minimize the risks.  Our mission is to “ensure the long-term preservation of collections in Illinois that document cultural and natural heritage for the education and enrichment of present and future generations.”  In 2011 Illinois was one of six states to be awarded a Connecting to Collections grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)In order to aid employees and volunteers of collection-holding facilities (e.g., museums, libraries, archives, historical societies) in caring for their collections, ICPN is creating a network of people and providing resources like workshops, assessment kits, training webcasts, and this website.  We hope to engage you in this conversation about preserving our state's valuable objects and thereby ensure their longevity.  We welcome both your preservation tips and your questions.

Conservation professionals are bound by the American Institute for Conservation's (AIC) code of ethics and standards to adhere to various laws and regulations; and, to be respectful not only of the items they are treating, but also of an object's cultural importance. While treating each object with materials and methods appropriate to the object's properties, the conservator must also be cognizant of future needs to access the object for research, public display, cultural purposes, and future conservation. Techniques need to be reversible; and, sometimes the best treatment is no treatment.