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More museum blogs!

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 29, 2010 in forum not temple |

First things first: if you’re not reading Museum 2.0, you should be. Next, check out Nina Simon’s recent post, Six Museum-Related Blogs You Might Not Know About That Are Really Good. One of the blogs is local – Thinking about Exhibits is written by Ed Rodley, an exhibit developer at Boston’s Museum of Science. This […]

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Censorship and Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 28, 2010 in Uncategorized |

We’ve linked to several news items in the past few weeks covering the removal of artwork at the National Gallery of Art and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Both museums have removed artwork from their galleries, either after public protest or the anticipation of public protest. Both are receiving praise and condemnation for […]

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Museums in the News – The Weird Museum Roundup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 26, 2010 in museums in the news |

Welcome to the fifth Museums in the News roundup. Canadian Museum Backs Smithsonian Protest (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC) Disney gets weird (proposed movie based on a Disney theme park attraction called “Museum of the Weird”) How much was street artist Blu paid for whitewashed MOCA mural? (Museum […]

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Can a video game collection be a museum?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 24, 2010 in forum not temple |

Namco Museum Megamix is a new compilation of classic video and arcade games. All well and good – companies try to re-release and cash in on their older products in the name of nostalgia all the time. (King’s Quest, anyone?) Namco is calling this release a “museum.” Maybe they’re trying to give Super Pac-Man a […]

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Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 22, 2010 in free resources, professional development |

The IMLS is running a series of free webinars about caring for collections. Per their description: Using the content of the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, Forums, and Workshops, these highly interactive webinars will connect you with experts and colleagues to discuss issues of common concern.  The series has a dual focus:  four webinars will help […]

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Three New Blogs to Highlight

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 20, 2010 in museums in the news |

Today we’re highlighting three very interesting and interrelated blogs that appear on our blogroll, to the lower right of these posts. All three write eloquently and with definite points of view about issues of security, cultural property, and legal implications in the museum world. Museum Security Network – Primarily a news aggregation website for all […]

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Museums in the News – The Opening and Closing Roundup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 19, 2010 in museums in the news |

Welcome to the fourth Museums in the News roundup. Big news for this week is that the US House of Representatives has confirmed the IMLS re-authorization. We wrote about the Senate’s approval of the IMLS re-authorization here. Learn more about the House re-authorization, as well as how you can thank your representatives, here. On to […]

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Resources for Weathering the Financial Storm from AASLH

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 17, 2010 in free resources |

At a panel at NEMA focused on emerging museum directors and professionals, one of the topics that the audience felt they had trouble finding resources about was finances. I’ve just discovered that the American Association for State & Local History has put together a really excellent guide for museums and other nonprofits during our current […]

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Shaping Outcomes: Making a Difference in Libraries and Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 15, 2010 in free resources, professional development |

I know, I’m all about the free online learning lately, but – there are so many quality resources out there to help museum professionals that I can’t restrain myself. Shaping Outcomes, in their own words: Provides an online curriculum in outcomes-based planning and evaluation (OBPE) Is designed for library and museum professionals as well as […]

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TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 13, 2010 in forum not temple, free resources |

Museums are in trouble. That’s not news to anyone in the field right now. We need big ideas to take us forward into this next century – we need to reimagine what we’re doing, and why, and how. Your guess is as good as mine as to where those ideas will come from. But that’s […]

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Museums in the News – The Legal Roundup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 12, 2010 in museums in the news |

Welcome to the third week of Museums in the News! Highlight this week is the lawsuit filed by Chuck Kortlander, director & owner of the Custer Battlefield Museum. Apparently in 2005 and 2008 his home, business, and the museum were raided by two dozen armed federal agents who claimed they had evidence that he was […]

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Last Gardner After Hours Until 2012!

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 10, 2010 in events |

Have you ever been to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s After Hours program for tasty cocktails, fabulous art, and interesting conversation? What are you waiting for? This Thursday, December 16, the Gardner will be hosting its last Gardner After Hours until after their new wing opens in 2012. Students get in for $5 with ID, […]

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NEMA Fall Conference Audio Recordings

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 8, 2010 in free resources, professional development |

Couldn’t make it to the NEMA fall conference? Missed the panel you were dying to see? For the first time ever, NEMA has taped several sessions and provided them free of charge on their website for download. Run, don’t walk, and listen to all of them! 2010 Conference Audio Recordings

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Free Project Management Webinars

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 6, 2010 in free resources, professional development |

Following up on those essential skills from Museos Unite, here’s an opportunity to get some free management training. Project Management Webinars from Boston University Upcoming webinars are listed at the top, but scroll down for other titles. A few to highlight: What You Must Know About Stakeholder Management Strategies for Managing Change: Managing People in […]

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Museums in the News – The Censored Roundup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 5, 2010 in museums in the news |

Welcome to Week 2 of the Museums in the News roundup! Probably the biggest museum news of the week comes from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Curators there removed a video art installation of an ant-covered crucifix after complaints from, among others, the Catholic League and members of Congress. It’s a complicated, controversial […]

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Spontaneous Acts of Joy

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 3, 2010 in forum not temple |

Watch this YouTube video. The first time I watched it, I thought: oh, how lovely. What a joyful experience in the middle of the stress of holiday shopping and the cold sterility of a shopping mall food court. The second time I watched it, I watched the crowd. The mother reaching for her son’s hand […]

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Free Preservation Webinars from the Image Permanence Institute

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 1, 2010 in free resources, professional development |

The Image Permanence Institute, an NEH-funded organization based out of the Rochester Institute of Technology, is hosting a series of free webinars addressing a variety of conservation issues. The next webinar, “Managing the Storage Environment in the Southeast Region,” is on December 15th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., EST. For more information about the webinar […]

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IMLS Re-Authorized

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 1, 2010 in museums in the news |

Some excellent breaking news from the American Association of Museums: the Institute of Museum and Library Services has been re-authorized by the Senate’s HELP Committee. The IMLS is a federal grant-funding organization that provides support for museums and libraries. Their authorization (ie permission to exist) has been on the docket for many months now, and […]

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