Mapping the Landscapes

Documenting the continuing education and professional development needs of staff in and across cultural memory institutions.

The Mapping the Landscapes project served to document continuing education and professional development training needs, current offerings, and potential cross-germination opportunities within and across libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). The project collected, analyzed, and reported on data from more than 2,700 LAM survey respondents about their continuing education needs. It also produced a methodological framework for collecting, accessing, and analyzing CE/PD data, including survey instruments, focus group instruments, and analysis and data visualization tools. The project has provided a strong foundation for conducting regular surveys every 2-5 years to understand how needs in these three fields overlap and diverge. It also has provided baseline data from 2016 against which we may now begin to track how those needs change over time.

Project Outputs:

Project Partners:

  • Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), Nancy Melley
  • ALA/SAA/AAM Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM), Elizabeth Call
  • American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Eric Pourchot
  • Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Harry W. Bruce, Sandy Hirsh, Dick Hill
  • Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Charles Wilt
  • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, Jill Hartz
  • Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), Victoria Garvin
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Mary Ellen Davis, Kathryn Deiss
  • Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), Donna Sack
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Mark Puente
  • Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Wendy Hancock
  • Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, John Burger
  • Califa, Linda Crowe
  • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), Cal Shepard
  • Council of State Archivists (CoSA), Anne Ackerson, Matt Veatch
  • Digital Preservation Management Workshop, Nancy McGovern
  • Heritage Preservation, Tom Clareson
  • InfoPeople, Lisa Barnhart, Eileen O’Shea
  • Internet Archive, Jefferson Bailey
  • Library Information Technology Association
  • Lyrasis, Laurie Gemmill Arp
  • Midwest Archives Conference (MAC), Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Ellen Swain, Lisa Sjoberg
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), Brian Keough, Laurie Sather
  • National Association for Interpretation (NAI), Margo Carlock
  • National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), Tanya Marshall
  • New England Museum Association, Dan Yaeger
  • New Media Consortium, Larry Johnson
  • North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), Jeannie Castro
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), Jessica Bitely
  • OCLC, Kendra Morgan
  • Public Knowledge Project (PKP) School, Kevin Stranack
  • Public Library Association (PLA), Barb Macikas, Scott Allen
  • Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC), Amanda Focke
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA), Solveig De Sutter, Nancy Beaumont, Kathleen Roe, Helen Wong Smith, Donna E. McCrea
  • Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), Mike Hudson
  • Urban Libraries Council (ULC), Angela Goodrich
  • Virginia Association of Museums, Jennifer Thomas