Professional Development

By: Tim Hecox
This past September I had the honor of attending the 2011 Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii as both a Wanda Chin Scholarship recipient and session presenter.
Having been awarded this scholarship offered me the first time experience of presenting at a national conference and to take another step in establishing myself as a leader in the museum industry...
By: Tasia Endo
Whereas the summer was already ending in Seattle, with seasonal showers and sixty-degree temperatures, the warmth of the sun and welcoming aloha-spirit undoubtedly describes my time in Honolulu for the 2011 WMA Annual Meeting. However, “working together to move forward,” truly characterizes my experience at the meeting this September.
Attending on behalf of the Northwest Nikkei...
By: Elise Stieren
Cultural Connections- Making Yourself More Marketable Career Workshop, October 14, 2011.

Do you desire to change the trajectory of your professional career?  Are you unsure as to how to get your foot in the door? The Museum field is a competitive industry to break through, and much effort is required on behalf of the candidate to position themselves advantageously for new...
By: Kelly Sturgeon
The field of oral history has undergone a renaissance-like change that has lifted it out of the academic world and into communities throughout the country.  StoryCorps is a terrific example of this infusion of energy into the field, as their services broaden the opportunity for stories to be recorded and preserved (StoryCorps.org).  The 2011 Oral History Education Workshop on...
Dave Asheim, Matthew Tedford, Jon Voss and others at the WMA sponsored network luncheon


By James G. Leventhal
Last Thursday, August 18th the Contemporary Jewish Museum welcomed 50 museum people from all over the greater San Francisco Bay Area -- from Golden Gate Park’s California Academy of Science to the Oakland Museum of California -- for a Network Lunch to talk about the use of new media to...

by Lydia Johnson
One of the most challenging aspects of my work as a teacher has been helping students transition from school to career.  As we all know, in our little corner of the non-profit world this transition can be a rough one.  I often worry that my network isn’t big enough or open enough or deep enough to serve students adequately.
A couple of years ago, I asked students and colleagues...
By Marlow Hoffman
Over the past nine months I have applied to arts administrative positions all across the country, including every city I have never wanted to visit. One of my mentors occasionally reminds me that opportunities abound in Doha, Qatar, but as committed as I am to working in the museum field, there is only so much angst I am comfortable causing my mother in pursuit of my...
It is still not too late to consider showing off what your museum has in their shop? Or wonderful catalogues..or maybe a nice piece of art or jewelry? A favorite B&B? We are looking for those great items for our auction at our annual meeting in Portland....let me know if you have something or know someone willing to donate.......greenberg2@ca.rr.com...Items are being donated from museum shops...
by Allyson Lazar
This past Wednesday, the Center for the Future of Museums hosted a lecture/webcast entitled, "Towards a New Mainstream," sponsored in part by Learning Times and, thanks to an anonymous donor, registration was free to all! For those who have not yet participated in a webcast, here's how this one worked:
Up in the top left corner of my screen was a box where first CFM director...
By Leslie Madsen-Brooks
In recent days, an old argument over whether museums are recruiting professionals from the appropriate pools (e.g. museum studies programs or community colleges) and at the right stages of their lives.  In the comments thread following that post at the Center for the Future of Museums, it becomes clear that many museum workers feel they haven't had the best opportunities...

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