Professional Development

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...
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...

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