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Here on the WestMuse Blog, you’ll find a variety of articles and resources to help guide you through this difficult time as we all stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Check in every #WestMuseWednesday and Fridays for our latest blog posts discussing current topics from learning how to work from home to sharing social media best practices.

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April 1, 2020
Welcome to a new month and a fresh start.
Now that we’ve all been living the stressful, anxiety-filled stay-at-home life for a couple of weeks, it’s time for some serious self-reflection and introspection.
What is introspection you ask? The process of can simply be defined as “an examination of one’s own thoughts and feelings.”
Why is it important? Researchers have shown that we think more than...
March 26, 2020
So, you’re months into #QuarantineAtHome and you have already been burrowing your way through the ever-expanding streaming universe. Yet, somehow, after endlessly swiping through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and every other streaming service out there, you still can’t find exactly what you’re looking for.
Well, to help make your movie selection process easier (or maybe more difficult… sorry), WMA has...
March 24, 2020

#MyMuseumCollection
The global outbreak of COVID-19 has changed the way many of us go about our day-to-day lives. We all know that by “physical distancing” ourselves we can slow the transmission of the coronavirus, protect our loved ones, and limit the number of people affected overall. However, as more of us are told to stay home, we begin to miss our normal daily human-interaction and start to...
March 18, 2020
It's not Spring Break, and it's not summer vacation. It's just the COVID-19 break.
If you suddenly find yourself working from home with kids, you're probably asking yourself, "how in the world am I going to get through the next few months?" And everyone knows, even though you sincerely, deeply love your children, you can only handle so much family time before the stress levels escalate. But don’t...
March 13, 2020
Everyone knows working from home can be an awesome luxury. But what happens if you, as a modern working professional who spends your day in the office, is suddenly sent home for two-to four-weeks due to an uncertain situation?
Across the globe, COVID-19 is causing organizations and businesses to close their doors, and professionals in every industry are being sent home to work. With this abrupt...
March 11, 2020

Dear Job Seeker,
Have you spent endless hours customizing your LinkedIn profile, but still aren't hearing from employers or seeing results? Whether you're in the middle of the job search process, or have just entered the vast museum world as an Emerging Museum Professional (EMP), WMA's tips on how to best optimize your LinkedIn profile, might prove useful.
With 660+ million members in over 200...
March 4, 2020
By Chloe Doucette - 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
 
I was uncomfortable at WMA’s annual meeting in Boise this past October. Don’t get me wrong, the seats were cushy, the food was yummy, the restrooms were nearby. I can be pretty socially awkward, but things didn’t get as weird for me as they could have. Even the financial pressure was off because, thanks to the great folks at WMA, I...
February 26, 2020
By Gail Priday - 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
 
     Three weeks after returning from the annual meeting in Boise, I opened up the notebook I carried with me to the various sessions. As I skimmed the pages I was reminded of just how valuable the long weekend had been. My notes included reflections on accessibility, inclusive language, universal design, listening, and mindfulness. There...

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