Here in the world of state and local history, we are often pushed beyond the boundaries of our own training and experience. Museum educators suddenly have to be experts in fundraising. Administrators need a crash course in conservation. Catalogers are asked to give tours. And hey, we can all be flexible! But, a little guidance would go a long way – and here’s your chance to offer your colleagues assistance in your area of expertise.


Ask a Colleague is a new AASLH program for anyone who has a job-related question but would like more personal attention than a list serve can provide. If you feel you have expertise in one or more of the areas listed below, please consider submitting an application to become a Specialist. You don’t have to be a seasoned veteran to qualify! Follow the link to the Ask a Colleague Specialist application to learn more. Once you have completed the application form, please submit it to AASLH along with your current CV or resume.

Watch the AASLH website in the New Year for more information about the launch of Ask a Colleague. We’re looking forward to offering you even more resources to get the job done!

Specialist Areas:

  • Archives
  • Audience Research
  • Collections Management / Conservation
  • Curatorial / Research
  • Development / Membership
  • Exhibits
  • Graphic Design / Publications
  • Historic Preservation / Archaeology
  • Historic House Management
  • Leadership / Governance
  • Museum Store
  • Public Programs / Interpretation
  • Public Relations / Marketing
  • Security / Facilities
  • Site Use / Rentals
  • Staff / Volunteer Management
  • Technology / Web
  • Visitor Services / Access

Submit your application today!

Meghan E. Smith is a Conservation Specialist at the Indiana State Museum and a member of the AASLH Career Resources Committee. She can be reached at [email protected].