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Collections Professional Development

The Collections Professional Development Program seeks to enhance the academic knowledge and technical skills of staff on stewardship issues to ensure awareness and the successful application of Institution-wide collections management policies and standards and encourage the professional growth of Smithsonian staff. The Collections Professional Development Program provides workshops, events, courses, and resources that promote a commitment to collections stewardship and provides collections-minded professionals across multiple disciplines with a platform to collaborate with colleagues.


Collections Quarterly

The CQ is an internal publication featuring collections-related information, events, and articles that showcase the work of the Smithsonian community and provide staff an opportunity to share their work with colleagues. 

Explore CQ publications: Collections Quarterly Archives

Online Learning

The online collections curriculum provides a series of courses on various collections topics through an internal, online educational platform (Moodle) for the ongoing professional development of staff. 

Webinars & Workshops

The NCP regularly hosts presentations on collection-related topics connecting participants from across the Smithsonian community through a series of internal webinars. 

Workshops include in-person training opportunities, hands-on demonstrations, and related collections-focused discussions to enhance the skills of collection staff and provide opportunities for collaboration with non-collections colleagues.


C3: Collections Collaboration Community

C3 connects collections staff from all disciplines and units from across the Smithsonian. Introduced in 2017, membership includes over 980 collections stewardship advocates, connecting collections staff and non-collections colleagues.

Annual C3 Conference

The annual C3 Conference focuses on collection-related issues suggested by staff during the yearly Collections Share Fair. Specific, issue-focused groups of collections-minded staff from across the Institution meet throughout the year to continue conversations and develop action plans.

Annual Collections Share Fair

The annual Collections Share Fair encourages collaboration and communication among collections stewards from across disciplines and specialties with a venue to display their accomplishments, discuss research projects with the Smithsonian community and raise awareness on particular topics through tabletop presentations and poster displays.

Virtual Presentations from the 2021 Collections Share Fair

2019 Share Fair AIB
NMNH Table
C3 Conference 1

For more information on the collections professional development program or to join the C3, please contact Samantha Snell with your SI email.

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