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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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