MAP and CAP: Assessment Programs for Small and Mid-Sized Museums

Are you looking to improve your museum’s collections care, organizational management, or community engagement, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a long list of things you’d like to accomplish, but struggle with limited staff and resources? Assessment programs like MAP (Museum Assessment Program) and CAP (Collections Assessment for Preservation) can help by providing a road map to help you distinguish your critical needs from less important tasks.

This webinar will introduce participants to the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) administered by the American Alliance of Museums and the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. Benefits, similarities, and differences between the two programs will be explored to help you understand whether one (or both) might benefit your institution.


Tiffani Emig is the CAP Coordinator for the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. Tiffani previously served as Curator of Collections at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Pittsburgh, PA, before temporarily venturing outside of the museum world to serve as Director of Market Operations at the startup Boston Public Market. She received a BA in History from Denison University and an MA in History: Archival, Museum, and Historical Editing Studies from Duquesne University.

Recorded: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Duration: 1 Hour 11 minutes

Danyelle Rickard is a Program Officer for the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) which is run by the American Alliance of Museums through a cooperative agreement with IMLS. She has her B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and her M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins. Danyelle had worked in museum collections for 13 years prior to joining AAM. She has worked at the Maryland Historical Society, Winterthur, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, The Baltimore Museum of Industry (where she conducted a Collections Stewardship MAP) and the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. Danyelle also continues to volunteer her time when able in museums collections.



MAP-CAP PowerPoint Slides


CAP Rack Card


MAP Brochure


CAP and MAP Contact