I have made a sort of conglomerated Class Resources page pulling together all the links/books/blogs etc. we have mentioned in our posts (accessible via the Class Resource link in the right hand bar). I’ve tried to categorize them and alphabetize for easy location. If I have left anything out, or you have anything else to add just let me know. Also, if you have a personal site/blog or twitter handle you would like posted, I didn’t want to post anybody’s that wasn’t already listed here just in case. I will update the “master” list periodically. Other thoughts or ideas for a better resource page?
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The case Study that I found really interesting was: Object –Rich Theater at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Again I can’t stress enough about the importance of staff inclusion as part of museum development. There is nothing worse than not having guidance. Having a live actor in the space makes the artifacts or objects more accessible and appreciated because now visitors understand what they are looking at and the space they are entering. The permanent exhibit web site is very comprehensive as well. It has resources for parents and teachers that help further enhance the experience.
Not forgoing a pay raise, I wonder how badge achievement would work as an employee incentive for training and development. Would encouraging staff to explore self-guided research, projects or programs also help to boost a museums participatory culture?
Looking for a good one-stop-shopping place to further investigate badge systems for education (which I think have large implications for informal learning spaces like museums) use this link:
I’m hoping y’all operate on the “better late than never” philosophy, because I’m just now posting my resources. I’m a big believer in understanding the foundations and roots of thoughts and movements, because I think it’s the best way to trace the development of ideas over time. With that spirit in mind, the first two of my resources:
First, “The New Museum”, by John Cotton Dana. The link below connects to the goolgescholar link to the book.
I used Dana’s writings a lot when writing and Undergrad paper about the development of museum in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has a lot to say about museums acting as servants to the community, and about interactive and participatory learning. A lot of what he has to say goes hand in hand with The Participatory Museum.
Second, Paulo Freire’s “The Politics of Education”. Again, his stuff popped up a bunch during my undergrad, and when Simon mentioned him I couldn’t help but get into why what he’s got to say is so important. He’s got some great ideas about getting education out of the classroom, but, more importantly, he’s all about education as a form of liberation and convincing audiences to take charge of their on pedagogy. That’s something I think is incredibly useful in a museum setting. The link below directs to the SHU library’s listing for “The Politics of Education”.
On a slightly different note, I wanted to include the AAM’s resources for dealing with art stolen/misplaced/misappropriated during the “Nazi-Era”. In the History and Theory of Museums class last week we discussed a museum currently fighting legal battles regarding stolen art, and I found out that the AAM has a “Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal”, which provides a database of art known to have “changed hands” during WWII. I would imagine this database would be incredibly useful for a museum researching a newly acquired, or contested, piece of art The link is below.
So when I thought about resources I first thought about books but then I realized I don’t know any good museum books so rather than BS some museum resource books I would show y’all what I do with my fun time and it goes right along with Nina’s book.
All of these resources are blogs and I found them on http://www.tumblr.com. Which is basically just like wordpress (although I think a little more personal) because you can search through their blog, ask them questions. (I have one, but it is not all about museums) The only downfall is that, like with wordpress, you have to be a member to view people’s blogs, but it is free!
^her blog is an exhibition news and reviews. A lot of these places she has actually been to and often times she puts links to the museum websites. (She just did one on fashion week).
^there are also actual museums who have tumblrs so they show what their museum is up to and how it progressing. It can show if it is having an events or exhibitions coming up. This one actually just opened.
^and this is where it all comes together! its the social networking site for museums! Nina would be so proud! it has to be one of the new up and coming social resources for viewing museums, right?
because what they say on the side of their page is- “Mused for iPhone is an iPhone and iPod Touch application for museum and art lovers, families, students, and travelers. Discover, track, and learn about museums nearby and in locations all around the world.”
The three resources I use are as follows:
1) http://gizmodo.com/. While it’s not specific to museums it is a great tech review, even for those who are not tech savvy (like me). It had great article about how the Egyptian Gov cut the communication cables during the protest. It even had a chart! It explains things really well and helps you to get a better understanding of how equipment, concepts and programs work.
2) http://richardlouv.com/. Richard Louv is an author who explores the concept of “Nature deficit”. His work promotes reconnecting with nature and how it can be renewing to the mind and body. He especially focuses on children and education.
3) http://www.jason.org/public/whatis/start.aspx . This organization promotes the use of science and education with tech. In a way it connects 1 & 2 using the latest tech gear and issues to get outside in nature and explore, learn and reconnect. It is often matched with cutting edge science research.
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.
The three resources I mostly use are:
This is a listserve mostly used by registrars and collection managers that allows an open forum for questions and answers to be shared. It also has some job listings.
2. Museum Registration Methods 5th Edition. By Rebecca A. Buck
This book is the holy grail for registrars. It has all the basic principles a registrar might need.
Here is a nice blog I sometimes look at that is about the use of technology in museums and some other interesting things. A great post that I found interesting was the one about QR.
This the first book I bought when I finally figured out what I wanted to do with my life. Its; informative, encouraging, and still to this day I turn to it when wondering about internships, interviews, types of jobs and positions in museums, etc. I would highly recommend for anyone who whats to learn about museums and their (future) professionals).
I try to “hit up” this sit as often as possible. Mostly to curb my craving for the West Coast, but to also stay on top of the changing exhibits at the major museums up and down the coast. The lay out is very simple and easy to navigate, which makes a non-techie like me not too overwhelmed or put off (which happens more often than I’d like to admit).
I hope not to repeat this one, but I do actually turn to our trusty AAM resource from time to time. When I first arrived I wasn’t too sure why a subscription to AAM was heavily encouraged, but after just a short while of referencing for personal and work related research, I believe it is important for all museum professionals to be a part in the large community.
I don’t have a catalogue of museum resources as of yet, so I went to the Future of Museums site and explored their blog links. From there, found some more links on some of the other blogs, and here are some of my favorites. P.S. I read a lot of Nina Simon’s blog Museums 2.0 before I realized she wrote our book. It’s an awesome blog.
1. fresh + new(er)
I found this blog from the Power House Museum, a science and design museum in Sydney. They’re featured in a mashable.com article called “How tech is changing the museum exerience.’ (http://mashable.com/2011/09/14/high-tech-museums/) The blog talks about the apps they are developing to navigate their exhibits, as well as apps of walking tour of their area (including one devoted to historic pubs), and my personal favorite, a site that compiles free/cheap programs happening in local museums, sports, and recreational facilities. They were commissioned by the local government, because the individual websites didn’t note other activities and these activities were buried in local ‘what to do’ lists.
2. Sustainable Museums
This is my Pacific Northwest roots coming out. Written by Sarah Brophy, author of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice, it’s a good resource because it’s full of links and book reviews. Museums need to be a part of the green movement because sustainability needs to be a part of every kind institution, especially those that aim to improve their visitor’s lives.
3. Prerogative of Harlots
I just enjoyed this one. I started reading it because I loved the title, I kept reading it because it covers a wide range of issues, from digitization, to display, to funding.