Welcome to IMA Plugged-In, a free monthly opportunity for Iowa museum professionals and volunteers to connect around topics of interest to the museum field. IMA Plugged-In is provided by the Iowa Museum Association. In 2020 topics will revolve around 360-degree Engagement.
Join us the third Monday of the month at Noon for a one-hour opportunity to lunch, learn, and engage. The format will vary between facilitated conversations and presentations.
IMA Plugged-In uses Zoom. If you haven't previously used Zoom, you can download it here. If you don't have a camera on your computer, there is a call in option. Following registration you will receive confirmation and the link to join in the meeting.
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March 16: Engaging School Groups - Facilitated by Dr. Heidi Lung. Nick Hartman, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will share on a variety of topics related to engaging school groups.
April 6: Advocacy. Speaker: Ember Farber, American Alliance of Museums and Cyndi Sweet, Iowa Museum Association. Ember will speak about advocacy on the national level and the importance of state advocacy efforts; Cyndi will share dates and ideas for Iowa Museum Week.
May 18: TBD
June 15: Volunteer Engagement: How can program structure and training practices ensure successful volunteer and visitor engagement? - Lindsay Erhardt-Hansen, Director of Visitor & Volunteer Services at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, alongside Megen O’Toole, Docent Educator & Volunteer Manager at the Des Moines Art Center will facilitate a conversation around volunteer and visitor engagement. Specifically, how can program structure and training practices ensure successful volunteer and visitor engagement? Summer is a busy time, but it is also a time when many of us rely even more on volunteers. During the lunch hour, we will share resources and processes and hope we will all learn something of value that can help us all do our best job.
July 20: Newspaper Digitization. Jeff Kiley, Advantage Archives, Cedar Rapids, Iowa will provide information on newspaper storage, microfilm, and digitization. Advantage Archives specializes in document imaging, preservation microfilming, microform scanning, digital archive hosting, and document management solutions to preserve documents and make them accessible. Advantage Archives works with libraries and historical societies across Iowa. How does digitizing tie into your organization's engagement strategy?
August 17: TBD
September 21 Community Partnerships - Speaker: Patricia LaBounty, Union Pacific Railroad Museum will share strategy, format and key learnings from her community partnerships.
Museums are feeling increasing pressure from foundations and other granting agencies to demonstrate collaboration to achieve project goals. Often this pressure results in partnerships that are only sustainable as long as the grant funding remains in place. Let's talk about how to generate, and retain, key community partners, who will help you achieve your mission and goals, with or without grant funding applications! Community partners can reinvigorate your institution, and breathe new life into your mission. We will talk about how to identify projects that benefit from this type of partnership, how to identify key partners, and how to evaluate and pivot if the partnership is no longer producing results.Format: Guided discussion, concrete strategy and step by step plans.
November 16: Inclusion and Diversity in Collections, Exhibitions, and Programming. Speaker: Dr. Heidi Lung, GEMM Steering Committee.
Plug into IMA during your lunch hour one Monday each month. Connect with colleagues as we discover the many ways museums engage with their visitors and communities. Free for IMA members.
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