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Month: March 2012 (page 2 of 4)

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles featuring museums!

The big news to highlight this week is that the New York Times’ annual museum issue is out. Check it out – there’s a lot of interesting things in there, and it will make a good Sunday read for those of you not buried under end-of-semester work.

In other news:

National Libraries and a Museum open up their data using CC0

L.A. museum prepares to display space shuttle Endeavour

Google to Announce Venture With Belgian Museum

Opportunities for new Getty museum leader

THE ROCK: Inland boulder arrives at LA museum

One step closer to a Children’s Museum that will teach and amaze

Why the Museum of the Confederacy Chose Not To Fly the Flag

Liverpool museums could start charging due to funding cuts

When Artists Take On Museums

Foreclosed Homeowners Inspire Architects to Float Housing Ideas

What Makes for Compelling Museum Websites? When to Break the Rules

Booth bobbleheads yanked in Springfield

Montauk Indian Museum Caught In Crossfire

Discovery’s popular ‘MythBusters’ hopes to amuse with first museum exhibit based on the show

Fatal accident at NY Jell-O Museum brings lawsuit

How The Terra Foundation Became A ‘Museum Without Walls’

German court orders rare art posters seized by Nazis to be returned to American man

Weekly Jobs Listing

Job announcements always go up on their own page immediately, but each week we do a recap so those of you following along via RSS feed or email aren’t left out of the loop.

  • Seasonal Positions [Nantucket Historical Association] Senior Interpreter The Nantucket Historical Association seeks an individual with supervisory and customer service experience for the position of Senior Interpreter. Senior Interpreters assist the Manager of Interpretation with the daily operations of the…
  • Senior Coordinator, Educational Programming and Exhibitions [Archives of Ontario] Senior Coordinator, Educational Programming and Exhibitions, Archives of Ontario**** ** ** Use your innovative ideas along with your strong collaboration skills in this challenging role where you will help shape and implement public outreach, edu…
  • Education Specialist [Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum] Education Specialist (Professional Development and Web Technology), Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum *Position: Education Specialist (Professional Development and Web Technology)* This position is located at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design…
  • Assistant Curator of Education [Lakeshore Museum Center] *Position:*  Assistant Curator of Education, Full-time Position *Reports to:*  Curator of Education *Salary:* High 20¹s with benefits *Hours: *Monday through Friday 8am-5pm with some additional weekend and evening hours required …
  • Intern [Dedham Historical Society] Intern The Dedham Historical Society is seeking a part-time temporary intern to transfer collections data from various paper documents into PastPerfect 5.0. The intern will review the existing data; reconcile it with collections objects as much as poss…
  • Paid Summer Internships [Highfield Hall] Summer Internship: Environmental Education Highfield Hall in Falmouth seeks a summer intern with environmental education expertise to assist the Education Coordinator in developing and teaching nature-based activities for Highfield’s new summer camp …

NEMA YEPS Book Club Tonight!

Reminder: tonight, the NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals will be hosting a book club discussion of Socialnomics by Erik Qualman.

The YEPS are meeting from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Old State House.

Here’s their announcement:

NEMA YEPs Book Club #3

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Bostonian Society, Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02109

Who: All museum professionals interested in reading and discussing the book of choice. Books are chosen through in-person event voting and online voting via the YEPs Facebook page.

Book: “Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business” by Erik Qualman

Join the NEMA YEPs for their third book club meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:00 pm, at the Old State House in Boston! The book discussion will focus on Erik Qualman’s “Socialnomics,” highlighting how museums can utilize social media as an education and interpretation tool, to build community, to strengthen relationships, and to expand their reach and visibility. Not sure if the book is for you? Check out this video, by the author, on YouTube: for an amazing overview of how social media truly is ‘transforming the way we live and do business.’

From the inside flap of “Socialnomics”:

“Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are fundamentally changing the way businesses and consumers behave, connecting hundreds of millions of people to each other via instant communication. This is a massive socio-economic shift that is fundamentally changing the way consumers and companies communicate and interact with each other.

Welcome to the world of Socialnomics—where consumers and the societies they create online have a profound influence on our economy and the businesses that operate within it. Online word of mouth and the powerful influence of peer groups have already made many traditional marketing strategies obsolete. Today’s best businesses and marketers are learning to profitably navigate this new landscape…

In “Socialnomics,” Erik Qualman offers a fascinating look at the impact of social media on business to reveal what the future holds and how businesses can best take advantage of it. He explores how social media is changing the way businesses produce, market, and sell products; how it eliminates inefficient marketing tactics and middlemen; and how businesses are connecting directly with their customers through popular social media platforms.”

For more information on the Bostonian Society and Old State House,

For more information on “Socialnomics” and Erik Qualman, visit:

Here and There: Interesting Women in Boston’s History

Here: First, visit Historic New England’s Otis House on March 18 to learn about the Williams sisters who ran a boarding house on the site in the later half of the 1800s.

There: Next, visit the Paul Revere House on April 22 to learn about Rachel Revere’s struggles during the Revolutionary War.

Visit Historic New England to register for Boarding and Lodging: Women’s History Month Series on March 18 at 2pm.

Visit Paul Revere House to learn more about Rachel Revere: Revolutionary Woman on April 22 at 1:00, 1:45, or 2:30.

Food for Thought: Radical Trust & The Decentralization of Curation at TED

If you’re looking for fascinating and thoughtful reading about social innovation and the future of nonprofits, look no further than the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s blog.

A recent post on that blog, “A Platform Worth Spreading,” discusses the decentralization of the TED conferences and how sharing has actually strengthened, rather than diluted, their model.

How can this apply to museums?

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