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Boston Emerging Museum Professionals Meetup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 18, 2011 in boston emps |

Heads up on this potentially very fun evening! Our next event will be Tuesday, August 30th at 6pm. We’ll be getting a behind the scenes look at the Bostonian Society’s Old State House with staff from the collections department and then heading to a bar nearby in Faneuil Hall or Downtown Crossing. To RSVP, please email BostonEMPs[at]gmail[dot]com

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A Strategic Plan for Your Career

Posted by Amanda Gustin on August 15, 2011 in professional development |

Do you have a strategic plan for your museum career? Lots of museums have five or ten year strategic plans, but have you ever thought of doing one for yourself? At the very least, some goals and timeframes will help you aim for where you want to be. Linda Norris, an independent museum consultant and […]

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Blue Avocado

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 29, 2011 in forum not temple, free resources, professional development |

Some thoughtful reading for you going into the weekend. Blue Avocado is a very thoughtful newsletter/magazine/blog dedicated to solving issues in nonprofits. They tend to focus on “community organizations” but their advice is practical, timely, and spot-on for museums as well. Enjoy, and hopefully you are all now craving guacamole right along with me…

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 22, 2011 in free resources, professional development |

I know you’re all keeping busy this summer with internships, summer jobs, and beating the heat, but surely we all have some time for edifying reading, right? The Stanford Social Innovation Review is a really great magazine with a great deal of application for museums. It focuses on just what it says – innovative ways […]

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NEMA Workshop: Social Media as a Tool for Academic Engagement

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 18, 2011 in professional development |

From a NEMA bulletin; this one looks like a really interesting take on an issue (social media) that’s getting a lot of press lately. Campus Connection: Social Media as a Tool for Academic Engagement Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA Registration Deadline: August 4, 2011Register Online […]

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Historypin Launches

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 11, 2011 in forum not temple, free resources |

Get excited, because this is really, really cool, and it launches today. Historypin is a website that enables users to upload their own historical content – of any kind – and then tag it on Google Maps. It is then geo-cached and dated. You can layer historical streetviews over existing streetviews – or see the […]

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NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Online Course

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 6, 2011 in professional development |

From NEDCC comes a really interesting-looking online course in the basics of preservation. At only $600, it’s actually relatively inexpensive in the grand scheme of things: Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections The Online, Instructor-led Course Course Dates: January 12, 2012 – July 20, 2012 Registration Deadline: December 30, 2011 Course size […]

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Free Fundraising Webinar Series

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 5, 2011 in free resources, professional development |

Okay, I get that fundraising and development isn’t everyone’s favorite topic in the nonprofit world, but it’s crucially important, especially in this day and age. AAM has partnered up with Alexander Haas fundraising counselors to present a series of three free webinars about how fundraising and development are changing for the years ahead. There’s a […]

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Alternative Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 1, 2011 in professional development |

Public Historian, which is a great but seldom-updated blog, has linked today to a really fascinating new media commons project in which various contributors talk about their work and their intellectual pursuits – and how you can make a good career out of the things you love. It promises to be a fascinating and useful […]

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Cambridge Open Archives

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 29, 2011 in professional development |

From Museum Studies certificate student Kristin Powers, who’s currently doing her internship with the Cambridge Historical Society: In July, people in Cambridge, Mass. will have the rare opportunity to see inside nine different archives. The third annual Open Archives Tour will feature private archives, city archives, and Harvard archives on three separate days. “This is […]

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NEDCC Summer Preservation Webinars

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 28, 2011 in learning opportunities |

Heads up on these great webinars – one of them has an early-bird registration discount that ends today. Care and Handling of Scrapbooks Live online webinar When: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 2 – 4 PM Cost: $95 ($80 Early-bird Registration) Early-bird discount available until Jun 28 – HURRY! An introduction to the structure of scrapbooks, […]

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Consulting

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 17, 2011 in professional development |

Most of us, at some point or another, will consider life as an independent museum consultant. Linda Norris, of The Uncataloged Museum, wonders about that, and asks what’s next.

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Making it Meaningful: Interpreting Unique Places and Experiences

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 6, 2011 in professional development |

Passing this along to all who might be able to go – this workshop sounds amazing. One of the speakers is Kathleen McLean, co-author of the great new book The Convivial Museum. McLean and her co-author, Wendy Pollock, recently wrote about their work on Nina Simon’s Museum 2.0 blog. Here’s the summary; check out their […]

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NEMA Workshops in June

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 3, 2011 in professional development |

A little bit of everything in these upcoming workshops from NEMA; enjoy! (Remember that there is a reduced student rate for registering.) Managing Projects: How to Keep One Step Ahead of your Project Thursday, June 9, 2011 Co-sponsored by the New England Conservation Association Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA Registration Deadline: June 2, 2011 Beneath […]

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On Point Radio Museum Podcasts

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 2, 2011 in learning opportunities, museums in the news |

I know I’m probably not the only NPR junkie out there. Listening to the radio is how I get most of my news. Probably my favorite NPR program, though, is Boston’s own On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrooke. The program does two hours each day of thoughtful discussion on current events. It feels like eavesdropping […]

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Museum Tech Meetup in Boston

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 30, 2011 in events, professional development |

Ed Rodley is an exhibit developer over at the Museum of Science and author of the terrific blog Thinking about Exhibits. Go add it to your blog roll right now; I’ll be here when you get back. Okay! Welcome back. Anyway – Ed organized a museum tech meetup in May, and I was not on […]

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Survey from Family Learning Forum

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 27, 2011 in professional development |

Pssst – want to help a great museum project gather data? Take fifteen minutes to help the Family Learning Forum fill out a new survey about its website. Clickity click. PS – This goes double for those of you who are interning at the USS Constitution Museum this summer. I know who you are.

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AASLH Book Series Survey

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 26, 2011 in professional development |

Very cool news from AASLH – read through the whole thing, take a few minutes to do their survey, and you might win a great prize! For over 40 years, the AASLH Book Series (www.rowman.com/bookseries/SLH <http://www.rowman.com/bookseries/SLH> ) has been a primary source of professional support for historical organizations large and small. On behalf of AASLH […]

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Lifelong Learning

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 13, 2011 in professional development |

We all get a great education in the classroom through Tufts – but how to continue that process once we’re out in the big, bad real world? And how to apply the great lessons that we’re getting from the theory to the practice? One of the best ways to keep learning and keep a critical […]

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NEDCC Risk Assessment Seminar

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 4, 2011 in professional development |

Remember a few weeks ago we talked about the NEDCC’s webinar on risk assessment for disaster planning? It had limited spaces open, and came and went last week. Luckily for those of us who couldn’t attend the initial webinar, the lovely folks at NEDCC have made it available for viewing at any time. Check it […]

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Upcoming NEMA Workshops

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 27, 2011 in professional development |

Direct from NEMA and hot off the presses: NEMA’s Professional Affinity Groups provide you with timely, valuable workshops that address the challenges you face. Take charge of your professional development and join your New England colleagues at one of NEMA’s upcoming workshops or networking events. Register today as space is limited. Workshops are open to […]

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Free Webinar from NEDCC: Risk Assessment for Disaster Planning

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 13, 2011 in professional development |

NEDCC (that’s the New England Document Conservation Center) is celebrating May Day and Preservation Week by offering a great free webinar about risk assessment and disaster planning. Here’s what they say about it: NEDCC is offering a free introductory webinar on Risk Assessment for those who are beginning to work on a disaster plan or […]

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Atlas Versus The Cherry Tree: Museums, The Nation, and the World

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 8, 2011 in events, free resources, professional development |

Great event coming up this Thursday at Harvard – check it out! (Hat tip to Tufts instructor Rainey Tisdale for letting us know!) April 14, 2011 4:15 to 6:00pm Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building (Lobby Level) Harvard Kennedy School of Government Atlas Versus The Cherry Tree: Museums, The Nation, and the World Check out their […]

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Spaces still open in AASLH’s Project Managment for History Professionals Workshop

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 6, 2011 in free resources, professional development |

Heads up, Tufts – this is an AMAZING workshop, and there are still spaces left. I attended the session in Atlanta at the beginning of March, and it was a useful, practical, and ridiculously fun intro to the world of project management. I’ve already taken skills that I learned in the workshop back to my […]

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Musuems and the World: Whose Story Is It?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 4, 2011 in forum not temple, professional development |

This is an absolutely amazing-looking forum coming up on Thursday, April 14. Those of you who are not in Rainey’s Material Culture class should absolutely check it out – and please write about it for the blog! *** On April 14 2011 The Northeastern University Humanities Center will host seven leading museum professionals, philosophers and […]

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Making the Most of What You Have – NEMA Workshop

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 1, 2011 in professional development |

The registration deadline for this very interesting, very useful NEMA workshop is next Monday, so run to the website now to sign up! *** The Membership, Development, PR and Marketing Professional Affinity Group Presents: Best of Times, Worst of Times: Making the Most of What You Have Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:30 am – 4:00 […]

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Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 21, 2011 in professional development |

The registration deadline for this workshop is TODAY – so run, don’t walk, and sign up! *** Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities Monday, March 28 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Wistariahurst Museum Holyoke, MA Registration Deadline: March 21, 2011 Registration Fee (lunch included): $50 NEMA members / $60 […]

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NEMA YEP Workshops

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 16, 2011 in professional development |

This week’s professional organization information is about some very useful and specifically targeted workshops for young and emerging museum professionals. We’ve talked about them before, but the first one, called “LEARN,” is coming up soon and you don’t want to miss it. Information below. *** The NEMA Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEPs) PAG understands […]

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Know Your Professional Organizations: Visitor Studies Association

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 23, 2011 in know your professional organizations |

Up next is a very specialized, very important group: the Visitor Studies Association. The VSA, in its own words, is today’s premier professional organization focusing on all facets of the visitor experience in museums, zoos, nature centers, visitor centers, historic sites, parks and other informal learning settings. We’re committed to understanding and enhancing visitor experiences […]

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National Arts Strategies

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 21, 2011 in forum not temple, professional development |

This isn’t exactly a professional organization, so we’re spinning information about this great organization off into its own post. National Arts Strategies is a group that helps with “organizational leadership for arts and culture.” They provide advice, training, and general information about best practices in arts and culture organizations. Right now that means they’re putting […]

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Know Your Professional Organizations: National Art Education Association

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 16, 2011 in know your professional organizations |

For the art historians among us: the National Art Education Association. Here’s what the NAEA has to say about itself: Founded in 1947, The National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, researchers and […]

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NEMA YEP Workshops – More Information

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 11, 2011 in professional development |

A few days ago we announced the NEMA spring workshop lined up, with special mini-workshops aimed directly at young and emerging museum professionals. Here’s more information on those workshops, the fun networking events taking place afterward, and how you can register. All information is courtesy of NEMA’s workshops page. The NEMA Young and Emerging Museum […]

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Know Your Professional Organizations: National Association for Museum Exhibition

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 9, 2011 in know your professional organizations |

Going with our specialization theme, here’s one for the aspiring exhibit designers out there: the National Association for Museum Exhibition. NAME is actually sort of part of AAM; it describes itself as “one of the Standing Professional Committees of the American Association of Museums.” For more from them: Our mission NAME seeks to enhance the cultural landscape […]

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Upcoming NEMA Workshops

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 8, 2011 in professional development |

There are some really great workshops coming up this spring, and if you’re a NEMA member, they’re only $40 each. Scroll down to check out a series of workshops sponsored by the NEMA Young Emerging Professionals – $15 each, 6-8pm, and focused on interviewing and building your resume. Exhibitions & Conservators PAGs Workshop Best Practices […]

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Know Your Professional Organizations: American Association for State and Local History

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 2, 2011 in know your professional organizations |

Next up in our continuing series is a more specialized organization. Don’t worry, we’ll be featuring organizations that cover all the wonderfully specific portions of the museum world as we go along! So, for those historians out there: the American Association for State and Local History. The AASLH, as it’s called, “provides leadership and support […]

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Marketing Yourself

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 31, 2011 in professional development |

This post on The Museum of the Future has some great suggestions for young artists who want to get their name and their work out into the world. The same principles can easily apply to you and your work as you set out into the museum world and look for your perfect job. You’re selling […]

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Know Your Professional Organizations: New England Museum Association

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 26, 2011 in know your professional organizations |

Next up in our Museum Professional Organizations series is one near and dear to all of our hearts. In fact, if you’re in your first year as a Tufts student, you’re already a member! Let’s talk about the New England Museum Association. To quote from their website: The mission of the New England Museum Association […]

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Boston EMP Tour of the New MFA

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 24, 2011 in events, professional development |

Just a quick note to say that the Emerging Museum Professionals event yesterday morning – a highlights tour of the new MFA Art of the Americas wing followed by lunch – was an absolute blast! If you’re not on the Boston EMP mailing list, then you’re missing out on some great opportunities. EMPs were treated […]

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Webinar on Compensation from Guidestar

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 22, 2011 in free resources, professional development |

We talked about Guidestar not that long ago, and remember at the bottom of that post shared some of Guidestar’s resources for nonprofits? Well, there’s another one coming up soon. Guidestar is running a free webinar called “The Compensation Checklist for Nonprofits: Are You Prepared for Today and the Next Five Years?” They describe it […]

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Museum Meetup in Worcester!

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 21, 2011 in professional development |

Just reminding everyone that there will be a NEMA informal meetup at O’Connor’s Restaurant and Bar in Worcester next Monday. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m on Monday, January 24, directly following the Orphans in the Collections Workshop at the Higgins Armory. Any Tufts students planning on going? Let us know, and we’ll coordinate for a carpool.

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Know Your Professional Organizations: AAM’s Emerging Museum Professionals

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 19, 2011 in know your professional organizations |

Next up in our series of know your professional organizations, we have a sub-category of last week’s featured organization: the AAM’s Emerging Museum Professionals. Now, not all of you are just emerging. Some of you have been out there in the ranks for years. But even if you’re fully emergent, you can surely keep an […]

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The Foundation Center

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 17, 2011 in free resources, professional development |

Remember our post a while back about skills every museo should have? Well, one of them was grant writing. In that spirit, we’ll be talking about a few ways to educate yourself about writing grants. They may not be the flashiest, quickest way to fundraise, but they are an important piece of the puzzle. Being […]

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Know Your Professional Organizations: American Association of Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 12, 2011 in know your professional organizations, professional development |

Everyone’s telling you that you have to network. Go out there and meet people! they say. Make your voice heard! Introduce yourself and make connections and do favors and it will all pay off down the road! And you say…that sounds great. Where on earth do I start? We’ve got you covered. Over the next […]

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A Guide to Guidestar

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 6, 2011 in forum not temple, free resources, professional development |

With the advent of the internet age, we all have a LOT more tools in our hands to begin to learn about specific organizations – and particularly specific museums. Whether you’re doing some research into a museum you’d like to work for, trying to get a good picture for how a museum of a certain […]

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Ring in the New Year with a NEMA Workshop

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 3, 2011 in professional development |

Orphans in the Collections: Unclaimed and Abandoned Property Workshop Monday, January 24, 2011 Higgins Armory Museum Worcester, MA 10:00 a.m ~ 4:00 p.m. Registration Deadline:   January 17, 2011 Join us at the Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, to discuss unclaimed and abandoned property issues and how they affect the museum community. Several of our New England […]

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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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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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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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