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How to make a great museum? Make your staff happy.

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 16, 2011 in potpourri |

The Happy Museum Project, which is putting together a really interesting assortment of studies, thinking, and initiatives (if you’re not getting their newsletter, go sign up!), just published an interesting article from Steve Gardam, Head of Live Programmes at the London Transport Museum. Gardam went to an event called “Action for Happiness” at the Cass [...]

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Upcoming Boston EMP Events

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 14, 2011 in boston emps |

Quoting this one directly from the Boston EMPs email: Hello Boston EMPers! This Thursday December 15th we will be having an informal happy hour at Meadhall in Cambridge.  The gastropub is near the Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line.  We will start to gather around 5:30 pm.  Bring some business cards and get to know [...]

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Here and There: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Posted by Sarah Margerum on December 12, 2011 in events |

Here: First, sign up for Drawing in Pubs, a ten week session hosted by the MFA that meets in a different pub each Thursday and covers basic drawing skills in pencil and ink. Open to all levels over age 21. Next: Get your tickets for the Gardner’s After Hours Opening Bash on January 19. Be [...]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 11, 2011 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums. The museum website as a newspaper – an interview with Walker Art Center Museum treads careful line in ‘God(s)’ exhibit What’s in a museum’s name? Everything ‘Please touch,’ says new Utah natural history museum Maintaining a Museum Ship: ex-USS SLATER (DE 766) Touring Valentino’s Museum, [...]

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Weekly Jobs Listing

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 10, 2011 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly jobs listing! As always, job announcements go up immediately on their own page. Director for Learning and Interpretation [DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum]Director for Learning and Interpretation, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is seeking a Director of, or Deputy Director for Learning and Interpretation (DLI). The [...]

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NEMA YEP Book Club Poll

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 9, 2011 in book clubs, books about museums, learning opportunities |

The New England Museum Association’s Young & Emerging Professionals group is planning on hosting a book discussion in the near future. They’ve got a poll up asking which book we should all talk about, so go, vote, and then come to the meeting. (We’ll have details about the date and location when we hear.)

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NEMA Conference Survey

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 8, 2011 in conferences |

Did you attend NEMA’s fall conference? If so, they’re looking for some feedback. Go, fill it out, and give your opinion. If you give them your thoughts by December 16, you’ll be entered to win a free conference registration for NEMA 2012. If you missed filling out your little yellow evaluation sheets about a particular [...]

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Free December Webinars

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 7, 2011 in free resources, learning opportunities |

Wild Apricot, which makes online membership software, has a really great blog. Each month, they do a roundup of free online webinars. (I think I’ve mentioned them before. They do a really great job.) Here’s this month’s. Highlights include: Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook 5 Trends in Technologoy that will Shape [...]

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Here and There: More Than One Way to Decorate a Tree

Posted by Sarah Margerum on December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Here: First, show some support for our own Sarah Duff and visit the exhibit she planned at the Andover Historical Society, Common Indecency. Tinsel and ornaments will seem so commonplace when you realize you could be decorating with corsets and vintage toilet paper. There: Next, head over to the Concord Museum and see Family Trees: [...]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 4, 2011 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museums in the news! What car part should hang in a museum? Human Zoos: Quai Branly Museum Puts Humans On Display Time To Tweet The Art: Museum-Analytics.org Keeps Tabs On Curatorial Social Media Utah’s new museum of natural history engages the senses: Rotting flesh and bird songs Make Museums Free: [...]

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