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September 7, 2017
By Ian Gill
I entered the San Francisco State University Museum Studies program in fall 2015 with a planned focus in Collections Management and Registration. Through program coursework and internship experiences, my interests expanded to other aspects of collections care, including database management, intellectual property issues, and the way that technology facilitates interaction with...
April 6, 2017
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...
March 23, 2017
By Scott Burg
The Computer History Museum (CHM) is in the midst of an exciting phase of expansion and transformation. Within the next year CHM will launch a large-scale exhibition on software as well as a new Center for Software History, both of which are part of their larger software initiative and follow the June 2016 launch of Exponential, a center for entrepreneurship and innovation. 

March 15, 2017
Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar-practitioner, a former museum director, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Museum Management and Curatorship, and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK). He has a Ph.D. in archaeology and began his career as an archaeologist in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. Janes was given a traditional Blackfoot (First...
March 3, 2017
By Joy Hyatt
Implementing change requires courage. For me, the duality of this experience can be equally inspiring and a challenge to demonstrate. Focusing on this year’s theme of change, the Western Museum Association (WMA) Annual Meeting did not shy away from considering the struggles and joys related to change. Before attending the Meeting, I often wondered how museum professionals might...
February 21, 2017
By Catherine Salthouse
I remember sitting in a middle school library, answering questions about how I would react to student misbehavior. I was terrified. I was about to work with kids with autism for the first time and I had no idea what to do. I accepted the job because I liked teaching teens, I was broke, and nothing could be much worse than night shifts at a postal distribution center. I’m...
January 10, 2017

The Western Museums Association (WMA) presents WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks, which took place during the 2016 Annual Meeting. WestMusings is a program of short, engaging presentations by unique voices—intended to inspire the museum field. This year, speakers delved into topics that explored the unique ways that we relate to our work as museum professionals. Join WMA as we celebrate the...
January 5, 2017
By Mollie Fullerton
I came to the 2016 WMA Annual Meeting in Phoenix from Green River, Utah. Green River has no stoplights, about 950 residents, a giant watermelon float, and a twenty thousand square foot museum where I am the Education and Programs Manager.    
The John Wesley Powell River History Museum was built over 25 years ago when the Green River city council, mayor, and other stakeholders...


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