Session Proposals for AAM 2011 due July 16

The 2011 AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo in Houston, Texas needs input from small museum professionals and now is the time to put pen to paper. The theme is “The Museum of Tomorrow,” and ideas are flowing right now. If you haven’t had a chance to review some the topics proposed by your colleagues, below are just a few from Janice Klein of EightSixSix Consulting (

1. Being the first professionally trained staff member/registrar
2. Writing the first collections policies and procedures
3. Collections management as one of many responsibilities
4. Dealing with objects not related to museum’s mission
5. Making the collection known to other museums for loan purposes
6. Borrowing from other museums – meeting their requirements
7. Dealing with different numbering systems
8. Inventory
9. Deciding on insurance coverage
10. Dealing with endangered species or cultural property issues

Join in the discussion! Contact the SMAC Program Chair, Tamara Hemmerlein (, with your ideas and suggestions. If you're second-guessing whether or not this message is for you, read what Lindsey Baker has to say in ‘AAM is for Small Museums’. Direct your browser to the following Google docs link for more information on how to submit a proposal, and to read Lindsey’s article:

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