Professional Development


By Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
Let’s face it, for many people museum work can be lonely work. That’s one reason that it is great that there are so many interesting, educational and inspiring podcasts available. Tune it to one of these while you are working this week and let us know what you think. Also if you have a podcast, you’d like added...

After a busy month in March looking at women in museums and Dulce Kersting-Lark's blog piece about asking for a raise, we wanted to bring back this piece to help you become an advocate for yourself within your own workplace. Ask yourself these questions:
Is the senior staff and/or board at your museum aware of your impact on your organization?
Do you feel truly valued?
Are you able to...

By: Jennifer Caballero, CAM Program Co-Chair 2018
Museums in the Golden State are facing challenges that are not unique to California – they are tackling uncomfortable topics, communicating about current events, and finding new ways to use rapidly-changing technology to achieve goals.


From February 5-7, more than 400 museum professionals from across California spent time thinking about all of...

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
No matter what point you are in your career, figuring out how to navigate the ins and outs of your job, as well as preparing yourself for the next growth opportunity can be greatly assisted through mentorship. Research shows that women and people from traditionally underrepresented groups do better than the...

Dulce Kersting-Lark, Executive Director of Latah County Historical Society (Moscow, ID)
Working for a museum became my dream sometime during my high school years when I realized that my passion for history did not encompass a love of classroom teaching. In college I pursued internships (both unpaid and poorly paid) in nearby museums and archives. I went on to study Public History in graduate...

By Hillary Ryan, Western Museums Association; based on an article by Halden Ingwersen in Talent Management 
National employee recognition day is coming up next week, Friday, March 2 to be precise. Employee recognition is the praise, acknowledgement, and appreciation given to employees in the workplace. And it’s effective. In fact, receiving praise in the workplace has benefits like increasing...
by Ivy Young, Project Director, California Networks for Collaboration, California Association of Museums
In recent years, the California Association of Museums (CAM) and 13 other partner organizations joined together to oversee a collective vision for leveraging shared networks and providing professional development opportunities for museum workers throughout rural, suburban, and urban regions...
Professional conferences are a fantastic arena to learn and grow through attending sessions, networking with peers, and exposure to organizational, theoretical, and geographical perspectives. However, taking advantage of this type of opportunity often is a matter of finances.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) offers the Wanda Chin Scholarship to assist member’s financial needs and ultimately...
By Joseph Govednik, Museum Curator, Foss Waterway Seaport & President, Washington Museum Association

Being a recipient to the Wanda Chin Grant is something I am grateful for.  Without the assistance of this grant my attendance, and professional development opportunities associated with participation, would likely not happen this year.  The WMA annual meeting in Phoenix was a treasure of...
By Claire Blaylock
From October 23-25th, the Oregon Museums Association hosted our annual meeting in the scenic college town of Eugene, Oregon. The conference theme, “Engage!” drew representatives from museums across the state. From small local institutions to large regional museums, volunteers and staff members discussed how museums can engage with their audiences in the 21st century.
OMA was...

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