Two Big Workshop Opportunities Coming Up

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April 1, 2021

Spring Workshop Opportunities


ODL and the Oklahoma Museums Association are offering two multi-day workshop/course offerings this spring that incorporate both presentations and hands-on learning opportunities.


Strategic Planning 101 – Live, Online, Three-Part Course Presented by Ken Busby

The Oklahoma Museums Association in partnership with Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board is pleased to offer Strategic Planning 101, a live, online, three-part course. The three-part course on creating a basic strategic plan will be held on Mondays, May 3, 10 and 17 from 9:30am–11:00am on each date via the Zoom platform.


During Strategic Planning 101, you will learn:

  • valuing strategic planning
  • understanding the strategic plan lifecycle
  • discussing mission, purpose, and vision statements
  • utilizing SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)
  • determining where you are as an organization
  • gathering information including asking what your organization does well, what your organization can improve upon, and what your organization’s dream is for itself
  • looking at outside influencers
  • setting priorities, goals, and action steps
  • budgeting for your strategic plan
  • implementing your strategic plan
  • evaluating your strategic plan

As part of the course, participants will be asked to complete, review and/or update a strategic plan for your organization within one month of completion of the course. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not register for the course. As an added bonus, Ken Busby will provide a 30-minute consultation to each organization to review and make recommendations on your strategic plan.


Strategic Planning 101 is a live, online, three-part course that is FREE to attend thanks to scholarships provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, with funding support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Interested individuals must complete an application for registration here.

Deadline to apply is April 23. The course is limited to 30 participants.


Registration is only open to staff, volunteers and board members of museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers, other museum-related institutions, libraries and archives in the state of Oklahoma. Registrants must commit to attending all three parts of the course.


Funding support also comes from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Thank you to OMA’s annual partners and 2021 professional training sponsors: Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Humanities HOPE Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, Oklahoma Today, Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill, Southwest Solutions Group, Grady County Historical Society, Oklahoma Hall of Fame | Gaylord-Pickens Museum, The Springer Company, University of Oklahoma Press, Marci Donaho, Har-Ber Village Museum, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum and Dane and Lynn Pollei. A special thanks to the Oklahoma Museum Network for use of their studio space.


About the presenter
Ken Busby is the Cultural Czar of Northeast Oklahoma. He also serves as Executive Director and CEO of the Route 66 Alliance. Previously, he served as Executive Director and CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa for twelve years. A native of Tulsa, Busby is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII.


Busby is a presenter for the Americans for the Arts Speakers Bureau, and serves as a consultant in the areas of fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and board development for nonprofits across the state.


Preservation Enclosures Live, Online Course Taught by Rebecca Elder, Cultural Heritage Preservationist

Preservation enclosures don’t have to be complicated. Join us to learn four easy enclosures that will be useful in any museum, archive or library. This live, online course taught by Rebecca Elder, Cultural Heritage Preservationist, is comprised of four sessions, each on a different type of enclosure. Materials to complete a sample enclosure of each type will be mailed to participants in advance.


The four preservation enclosure topics are:

  • Surface Cleaning and Encapsulation of Fragile Paper: Do you have documents that are dirty? Brittle and breaking? This workshop will teach you how to safely clean documents in your archives, and protect fragile paper by sandwiching it between two pieces of Mylar. These are two of the most tried and true preservation techniques for paper materials and in this class, you can learn to perform them yourselves.
  • Four Flap Enclosure: Small books and objects such as cased images need safe, simple housings that can be created quickly by staff and volunteers. In this workshop we will create a classic four-flap enclosure. Please provide a deck of cards or similarly sized item for this session.
  • Panorama/Oversized Enclosure: Archives and museums often have oversized objects that do not fit in standard sized file folders. In this class, you will learn to create a custom enclosure that can be used for a flat panoramic print, or similarly oversized object. We will also discuss your options for rolled panoramic prints.
  • Custom Artifact Box with Dividers: Do you have an odd-sized artifact that needs housing? Or a collection of small items that should be housed together? In this class, we will create an easy, non-adhesive box with interior dividers that can be used for almost any object.

The Preservation Enclosures Live, Online Course is FREE to attend, but interested individuals must complete an application for registration and commit to attending all four of the live, online course sessions. Only one person from an institution may register and the institution must be a museum, archive or library located in Oklahoma. Participants will receive a toolkit and materials in advance of the course to complete a sample enclosure of each enclosure type. Participants will keep the toolkit at the end of the course. Failure to attend a course session, may result in loss of FREE registration and a charge of $50.


The live, online course will be offered twice. The first offering is on Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and the second offering is on Fridays, May 7, 14, 21, 28.


Participants must select to attend either the Wednesday or Friday course offering. Each course session will take place at 9:00am-10:30am on the dates listed.


There is a limit of 8 participants for each course. The registration deadline is Friday, April 9. Register here. Course questions should be directed to or 405-522-3191.


The Preservation Enclosures Live, Online Course is being provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Museums Association, and the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, with funding support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


About the Instructor

Rebecca Elder, an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant who helps clients find practical and achievable solutions to care for their history collections, will be the instructor for the workshops. She collaborates with libraries, museums, archives, municipalities and families to tailor preservation plans to their resources and timelines. In 2014, Rebecca founded Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation to provide preservation advice to clients holding history collections. Rebecca has also worked at Amigos Library Services, the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.


Rebecca is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She also engages in professional service with the American Institute for Conservation, the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.


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