Practices & Networking Meetings

Cultural Facilities Virtual Meetings

Our traditional Benchmarking Practices and Learning Workshop provides a good, structured day of content for those who attend the annual IAMFA conference. This session allows staff from participating organizations to share best practices, network with peers, develop professionally/be mentored, and benchmark data/practices.

Since the 2021 IAMFA conference will be virtual, this meeting will be a series of online meetings and workshops in 2021 to provide networking, discussion of best practices, and some technical content.

These are virtual meetings, not webinars – there may be some prepared content but these are opportunities to network and share with your peers: approach to the meeting topic, lessons learned, questions, and general discussion.  These events will use the GoToMeeting, Zoom, or Teams platform and attendance may be limited to 30-40 persons so all participants can be seen on one screen and contribute to discussions. Each meeting will be 1 to 1-1/2 hours long with a typical agenda of:

  • topic or theme which will be the initial subject of discussion,
  • 1-2 mini-presentation* by sponsor or participant (related to topic),
  • general town hall time (anyone can ask the group a question and share their experiences)

*As part of the benchmarking program, all participants are encouraged to share a mini-presentation during at least one of the meetings.  (These are 10-20 minute presentation, case study, virtual facility tour, or sharing of something of interest going on at your organization/facility that take little or no effort for you to prepare.) Sessions are typically not recorded to allow for free discussion, but any prepared content will be made available as possible.


Cultural Facility Practices & Networking Meetings – Schedule and Tentative Topics

The focus of the 2021 online networking meetings will be on three areas (with other topic of interest to participants as identified):

  1. evolving our pandemic response to new standards and operations,
  2. discussion and update of the best practices in facility operations, and
  3. exploring new technologies and ways of working.

All meetings will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm ET unless otherwise noted.  Use the form below to “register” or find the meeting invite in the member area.  Here are the tentative topics – subject to revision based on interest and steering committee input!


Date Topic
Feb General Town Hall on Reopening Issues (space changes, best practices for cleaning, other items of note)
Mar Metrics and practices for major projects & renovations & Town Hall
Apr Overview of pandemic response measures in the museum collections environment
May Misc. practices – who performs or provides and how:  parking, exhibit changes, lighting and controls & General Town Hall
Jun Misc. practices and secondary changes as part of reopening & General Town Hall
Jul How do we use our facility data for better Cultural Facility operations, management, and planning & General Town Hall
Aug KPIs used for Cultural Facility operations, management, and planning & General Town Hall
Sep 2021 best practices for energy conservation & utilities – Thomas Reavey, SI & General Town Hall
Oct Sensors, smart buildings, BIM, and digital twins or other topic TBD & General Town Hall
Nov Building technology and FM systems: CAFM, CMMS, IWMS, BMS, EMS, BIM, etc. what are we using and how & General Town Hall


Meeting Registration

The meetings are open to all staff from organizations participating in any of our benchmarking programs – use the form below to register up to 1 week in advance.