Professional Development

What do Joie de Vivre hotels, the Oakland Museum of California and EmcArts’ Innovation Labs have in common?
Find out at the 2012 Smith Leadership Symposium when 20+ institutions share their stories of organizational change, employee engagement and leadership on Friday, September 7 in Balboa Park, San Diego.
The 2012 Smith Leadership Symposium Organizational Innovation and the Engagement Equation...
By: Nicole Herden
For the past year, I have been working two part time curatorial assistant positions. The opportunity to gain insight into two long established art museums within the greater Phoenix area simultaneously is rare, let alone having the same job title. Both Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum have unique distinctions; a stroll through their galleries, browsing...
By: Adam Mikos
Living in Portland, where the sun started shining through the rain only a few days ago, it seems defective to be already looking forward to October.  Looking forward I am though, to the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Palm Springs.
 
As museum people, we frequently look at the same situations and see very different things.  This holds true for educators, students,...
By: Renee Montgomery
Recently, San Francisco was the site of the annual ALI-ABA seminar for museums, a 2 ½ day discussion of new developments and practices regarding various points of law affecting museums, sponsored by the American Law Institute – American Bar Association.   Day 1 of the meeting focused on intellectual property, copyright, trademark and web issues, highlighted by a presentation...
By: Irene Rodriguez
As March 22 and 23 were approaching, I was looking forward to meeting again with my WMA Program Committee colleagues and discussing the potential sessions and creating an energizing Annual Meeting for Palm Springs (especially since my institution will be one of the hosting venues).
Before the Program Committee (PC) meeting, work needed to be accomplished from the discussion at...
By: Caroline Posynick
Just like most communities these days, the museum sector in British Columbia has been going through some challenging economic times. The funding model still has its foundation in federal and provincial support and, as we all know, there’s not a lot of money for culture and heritage in the pot right now. Truthfully, it looks like there may never been enough to go back to...
By: Louise Yokoi
As a new member of the WMA Program Committee, reviewing session proposals with the committee for the upcoming conference got me thinking about the types of opportunities for professional practice support (aka professional development) for museum professionals and prompted me to reflect on my own method for learning and growth in the museum field. I like the term ‘professional...
March 1 Application Deadline
Thursday, March 1 at 5 p.m. CST is the receipt deadline for scholarships to the June 4-7, 2012 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Qualified applicants must work with a tribal archive, library, museum or cultural center, or be enrolled full-time in a museum, library, archival, or...
Environmental Management: Stewardship & SustainabilityPresented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic ArtifactsPortland, OR – May 22, 2012      
Cosponsored and hosted by Portland Art MuseumABOUT THE PROGRAM
Creating stable environmental conditions is the most significant step an institution can take for the long-term preservation of the collections materials under its...
By Adrienne Barnett
Okay…let’s face it the phrase, “when I grow up, I want to be a museum professional,” is not spoken with much frequency (if any) by most children.  In fact, even those of us in the field would be hard pressed to exactly define a “museum professional.”  Is it someone that teaches summer camps, builds exhibits, writes grants, and tracks budgets (sometimes all within the same well...

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