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November 9, 2016
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Labor Department announced overtime final regulations that, when they go into effect on December 1, 2016, will mean that many employees earning less than $913 per week ($47,500 annually) will be entitled to overtime compensation.

In this interview, Christine Searles discusses how her museum is preparing for the new overtime laws. Christine Searles has been the Human...
November 4, 2016
by Nikki Peck 

This is part two of three part series in which Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (MOA) intern Nikki Peck shares a behind-the-scenes look into creating the Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories exhibition. Read part one.
Last summer, during the third and fourth weeks of my volunteer curatorial internship at MOA, I was asked by curators Karen...
October 19, 2016
By Anne Rowe
In Phoenix we kicked off the conference with a lively meet and greet free program called Speed Networking. Brave participants entered gingerly into the space; a slow trickle at first and then a small surge thanks in part to Niki Cuccinotto of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix who took matters into her own hands.  She tweeted to her contacts in attendance and ran over to the...
October 10, 2016
by Nikki Peck 

This is part one of three part series in which Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (MOA) intern Nikki Peck shares a behind-the-scenes look into creating the Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories exhibition. 
The Museum of Anthropology recently opened a new exhibition: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories. Lawrence Paul Yuweluptun is a...
October 3, 2016
Dear WMA 2016 Annual Meeting Volunteers,
On behalf of the Western Museums Association (WMA) Board of Directors, staff, and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer at the WMA 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in the Western...
September 13, 2016

By Kate Skelly
The benefits of having a mentor can be invaluable to professionals at any career stage. Mentors can help with setting and achieving career goals, learning new skills, or offering a fresh perspective when you are facing challenges at work. Mentor relationships don’t exclusively benefit the mentee alone, however. Many mentors report feeling a sense of satisfaction from being able to...
August 29, 2016
Amada Cruz is the Sybil Harrington Director of Phoenix Art Museum. Founded in 1959, Phoenix Art Museum is the largest visual arts museum in the Southwestern United States. The Museum is dedicated to being a vibrant destination connecting people to great art from around the world to enrich their lives and communities. Throughout the year, the Museum presents festivals, live performances,...
August 1, 2016
By Kate Skelly

Burnout is a problem in all sectors, but non-profit workers can be especially vulnerable to workplace fatigue. Many museum workers face expanding job responsibilities, long hours, and stagnant wages. Koven Smith does a good job of outlining the current spate of museum worker fatigue in his blog post, “Why are we so tired?”.
Becoming overwhelmed at work is not only bad for you,...


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