I came across this link through the museum-ed list serve. It has a ton of posts about informal science learning projects happening at institutions across the country. One that may be of interest is the creating museum media for everyone (not much there but still interesting!). There is also a ton of info on research and evaluation along with a link to a user-friendly handbook for evaluation
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While this link is fairly obvious, it is a great place for finding legitimate job postings in museums around the country.
I heard about the 9/11 exhibit at the SI American History Museum from a co-worker. I find checking on what the SI is up to from time to time is worthwhile as they have some of the best supported museums in the world and are able to utilize new methods. For the 10th anniversary this exhibit placed objects on tables with no cases. Educators also focused on how to teach recent history to a new generation. They used technology in a great way by holding an online conference for educators across mediums. Topics included Conducting difficult conversations with young people and the curator’s challenge. Recordings are now available.
This is a link to a museum education list serve I just found out about through another class. I was told the museum ed world is fairly small and this is a great website to use in finding out what educators around the country are doing. It also helps to familiarize yourself with well-known members of the community. Discussions vary from job postings to docent training tips.
I subscribe to the listserv attached to this site and I find it incredibly helpful. Mostly, I just read the posts that other professionals e-mail to the listserv, but I have, on occasion, submitted a question to those great minds asking advice for who to contact for a class project or just to feel out the general consensus on an idea. They also post jobs, which will be handy in a few months. *gulp*
Another really useful listserv I subscribe to. There are some double postings between this and the RCAAM listserv, but the Museum L doesn’t just pertain to registrar concerns or problems. It’s great for just all-over museum issues.
Not sure if this counts or not, but I LOVE this book. I read it for a class project last semester and it was a wonderful read. This book talks about various museum controversies that have cropped up in the media over the last forty years. The author is not a museum professional, which I believe helps with the tone of the book. He looks at the controversy, how it came about and how it influenced the field, without any biases. He sometimes says that the public was out of line, sometimes the museum was. I think its a great book to read because you may be able to learn how to head off any controversy that might come up when you’re out there in the real world.
Here is the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums blog…there are some interesting posts kindof what’s being talked about in the museum world around our area.
New Mexico Association of Museums resources. So this has specific resources for museum professionals in collection care, exhibition material sources and more. It is relevent for every museum, not just NM. You can see the resources by clicking on the right hand side. It would be helpful to people in the administration of a museum and/or small museums to have a place that has done research to find good solutions to common concerns in museums.
Museum L is a listserve where museum professionals post issues they are dealing with. I like it because sometimes they post job oportunities and internships! But theres also conservation and exhibtion issues that are talked about.