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October 27, 2009
by Allyson Lazar
Bob Welch, Keynote #wma09

This morning's keynote address by journalist/storyteller/author Bob Welch was a rousing feel-good, inspirational affirmation of all that we, as museum professionals, do and love. In his address, he answered the question, "Why is history important?" Certainly the old adage holds true that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but...
October 27, 2009
by Allyson Lazar (disclosure: I moderated this session)
You're a registrar or a collection manager in a museum. Maybe you are understaffed because the administration just told you that you had to let go of a couple people--or maybe you've always been understaffed. You are hoping beyond hope that you'll have enough money in the budget for that acid-free cardboard--you really need it! The rainy...
October 27, 2009
by Allyson Lazar
all photos copyright by lidja

Ever wonder what 11 trained museum collections professionals can accomplish in one day? The San Diego Air and Space Museum found out when they hosted CSI:Registrars, the RC-WR-sponsored pre-conference volunteer event on Saturday October 24. (CSI stands for Collections Services Initiative.)
Following an introduction to the collections, library and...
October 27, 2009
View of the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey from the vantage of the minaret, a piece of a spherical panorama. Photo © Gross Brothers Media LLC

As part of TechLab at #wma09, the Gross brothers of Gross Brothers Media presented on their amazing virtual recreations of real-world spaces, places, objects and paintings.
Here's what they have to say:
We are very excited to be here in San Diego...
October 25, 2009

John Maccabee

One of the first sessions to kick of #WMA09 will be A1 Metrics Of Success: How to Measure & Account for On-line Social Engagement for Museums on Monday morning at eleven o'clock (right after the Keynote by Bob Welch).  The  panel will explore the intersection of sincere, social, on-line engagement and mission-driven value
assessment. The presenters are:
Stephanie Almeida,...
October 23, 2009
Elizabeth Ellen Merritt has blogged about the ecological cost of conferences at the Center for the Future of Museums blog.  Her latest post on one of the projects that she has inspired at #wma09 San Diego follows, "...speculating that in the future our consciences (not to mention our pocketbooks) will make us think three or four times before winging or wheeling our way across the country or the...
October 20, 2009
How do we make it through these challenging times with museums and historical societies closing their doors or implementing hiring freezes after a sustained period of expansion?  One approach is to join forces.
To quote from one of the underlying themes of the work occurring in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the National Arts Marketing Program:
As more and more advertisements try to...
October 18, 2009
By Barbara Maron

Coachella Valley Preserve looking NE (click photo for link)

The desert splendor of the Coachella Valley has been created, in part, by an unusual geological feature: the periodic movement of the San Andreas Fault.
To address the ever- present threat of earthquakes, 15 months ago local museums and historical societies of the valley formed a group called the Coachella Valley...


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