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by Katherine Whitney
For their annual “Feast of Ideas” session, December 9, 2009, the Bay Area’s Cultural Connections experimented with a new format. Traditionally the December meeting is more social than other programs, focusing on gathering and exchanging information from many participants rather than a single speaker or topic. This was the case this year as well.
The broad theme was Technology...
From disease and death to land loss and forced subjugation, native museums often have the daunting task of exploring difficult issues and events. Too often, as museum planners and exhibit designers, we talk around these subjects without fully confronting them. Three museum professionals from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and Bishop Museum and 'Iolani Palace in...
By Michelle Maxwell
The gardens at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK

Recognized as one of the nation’s premier museums, Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum features some of the finest and most-renowned collection of art, artifacts, and historical archives that document and depict the American experience. The Museum is a national treasure that generations of supporters have been proud to call their own.
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Rachael Faust is a JFKU museum studies graduate student. Previous to her academic studies, Rachael worked at the University Art Gallery at UCSD and at the Portland Art Museum. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has volunteered at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and has been an intern at SFMOMA and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.

By Rachael Faust
After completing my first year at...
by Allyson Lazar (disclosure: I moderated this session)

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Technology seems to be a key buzz word in the museum world these days. Many people are still a little tech-shy, but that changes day by day. But while people may feel less afraid or daunted by the idea of online technologies, they still aren't always quite sure what to do with them. The session on free, shared,...
by Allyson Lazar (disclosure: I moderated this session)
You're a registrar or a collection manager in a museum. Maybe you are understaffed because the administration just told you that you had to let go of a couple people--or maybe you've always been understaffed. You are hoping beyond hope that you'll have enough money in the budget for that acid-free cardboard--you really need it! The rainy...
by Allyson Lazar
all photos copyright by lidja

Ever wonder what 11 trained museum collections professionals can accomplish in one day? The San Diego Air and Space Museum found out when they hosted CSI:Registrars, the RC-WR-sponsored pre-conference volunteer event on Saturday October 24. (CSI stands for Collections Services Initiative.)
Following an introduction to the collections, library and...
By Barbara Maron

Coachella Valley Preserve looking NE (click photo for link)

The desert splendor of the Coachella Valley has been created, in part, by an unusual geological feature: the periodic movement of the San Andreas Fault.
To address the ever- present threat of earthquakes, 15 months ago local museums and historical societies of the valley formed a group called the Coachella Valley...

Nam June Paik, TV Buddha (1974) Closed Circuit video installation with bronze sculpture

What kind of stuff is coming up at #WMA2009?  How 'bout Navigating New Media in Collections without Going Adrift...
Time-based media such as video art, sound sculptures, oral histories, and other recorded media have been entering our museums collections and exhibitions for decades. The care and management of...
Hi, I'm Steve Tokar, and I'd like to invite you to a couple of San Diego Conference sessions that we've organized on the topic of visitor comfort.
Here's what we mean by comfort. The last time you and your family visited a museum, could you find your way around easily? Were there enough places to sit? Were the labels readable? Were there multiple/alternate ways to enjoy and learn? Were the...

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