Collaborating is key to the success of The History Trust. Here are ways we can learn from each other and work effectively to preserve and share our collections.
Collaboration and Communities of Practice
- “Advancing Together: The Role of the Nonprofit Board in Successful Strategic Alliances” ⇗. This document, developed in collaboration with Maine Association of Nonprofits, provides an overview of the collaboration continuum, the opportunities and challenges of alliances, and guidance about the role of the board in creating effective partnerships (2007).
- “Communities of Practice: A brief Introduction” ⇗ by Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayne (2015). We are building a “community of practice” among the institutional members of The History Trust. This brief and general introduction examines what communities of practice are and why researchers and practitioners in so many different contexts find them a useful as approach to knowing and learning.
- “Five Elements of Collective Leadership” ⇗ by Cassandra O’Neill and Monica Brinkerhoff ⇗ (2018).
- Two scholarly articles explore collaboration, or the lack of it, among social organizations:
It’s a good idea to join professional organizations, first local then regional and national organizations as budgets allows. The following three are a good start for History Trust members, and each has annual dues based on the size of an organization’s budget. It’s a great way to learn!
- Maine Archives & Museums ⇗ – Collecting institutions of all kinds, and their directors, staff, and volunteers, are encouraged to join (https://www.mainemuseums.org/MAMMembership).
- NEMA ⇗ – New England Museum Association is good for a wide range of organizations, small to large, various types of museums (https://nemanet.org/membership/museum/).
- AASLH ⇗ – American Association for State & Local History is probably the best national organization for a small, local historical society (https://aaslh.org/membership/).
Nonprofit Governance and Management
- “All Hands on Board – The Board of Directors in an All-Volunteer Organization” ⇗ . This handbook recommended by the Maine Association of Nonprofits explains the two types of responsibilities that volunteer organization boards have and provides a checklist that helps assess the work of the board.
Code of Ethics for Archives and Museums
Following a commonly agreed upon set of ethical principles and practices encourages member organizations to act beneficially and for the common good of all History Trust collaborators.
- SAA ⇗ – Society of American Archivists Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics are intended to guide individuals who perform archival labor or who work in archival environments (https://www2.archivists.org/statements/saa-core-values-statement-and-code-of-ethics).
- AAM ⇗ – American Alliance of Museums Code of Ethics for Museums is presented as the Framework for Museum Excellence which provides a structure inclusive of AAM-issued standards and best practices, as well as those developed by discipline-specific organizations and issue-specific groups (https://www.aam-us.org/programs/ethics-standards-and-professional-practices/).
- Collaborate – Links about working together.
- Preserve Collections – Links and other resources recommended by the History Trust collections committee.
- Share History – Help making historical collections available to all.
- Learn Digital Archive – Help for anyone to use use the Digital Archive.
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