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By Ian Gill
I entered the San Francisco State University Museum Studies program in fall 2015 with a planned focus in Collections Management and Registration. Through program coursework and internship experiences, my interests expanded to other aspects of collections care, including database management, intellectual property issues, and the way that technology facilitates interaction with...
By Marcelle Lunau
Wrapping or boxing or leaving…How do we decide what to do when we want to protect our cultural heritage? And which plastics are safe to use?
Recently I had a conversation with participants at the Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) Focus on Collections workshops in Tempe about whether or not plastics are safe to use for wrapping leather objects in storage. In this case, we...
By Eleanor Sandys
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
At midnight on Saturday night, after eight and half hours of more-or-less straight driving from Berkeley, CA, my three compatriots from John F. Kennedy University’s Museum Studies program and I arrived at the Las Vegas Strip. Lights, billboards, and huge video advertisements lit up...
By Michelle Nash
I was very pleased to present this poster at the recent Western Museums Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and am further pleased for the opportunity to share it here as well. The following blog post is not so much a summary of the poster (which can be accessed below), but rather a call to further the Meta-Museum Movement.
So first thing’s first: what is the “Meta-...
By Catie Webb
Everything has an acronym these days; it seems that we feel we’re running so short on time, we cannot find a few additional seconds say whole phrases, or even truly consider what our shorthand means. In my experience, speaking acronyms aloud tends to point in the direction of a stale topic of conversation, and regularly downplays the importance what those few short letters actually...
By Samantha Porter Two weeks after I started in my current role at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, I joined the team that was tasked with developing one of the most ambitious exhibits the Museum has created, Imagine That: Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects in the Burke Museum. The mission of the exhibit is to give the visitor an insider’s view of what happens behind the...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is proud to present the first installment of videos from the first WestMusings | Ten Minute Museum Talks. This new programmatic feature took place at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. Based on TED Talks’ model, WestMusings is an unconference program of short, rehearsed, and engaging presentations on museum related topics. WestMusings will provide an...
By Clare Haggarty
This session took place during the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting
I care for a public art collection at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the challenges I face concerning collection management can be different from my colleagues who work within institutions that were built as museums. Site-specific art is my favorite kind of art. Context enhances the...
By Ted Greenberg
A first glance at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting Program
Once upon a time in a land far away, there was a museum with many objects that could not be shown. These objects were placed into storage for safekeeping. The museum curators kept collecting and there were more and more objects coming into the museum. As if by magic, the storage areas were able to house...
Ben Garcia, Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.


By Maraya Cornell
What's it like to work in a museum that's closed for renovation? "It's a real privilege and luxury," says Ben Garcia, Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley, California. "It's so rare to have time to really think about your practice and be intentional...

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