professional development

By Anne Rowe
Professional conferences are peculiar gatherings. It took me two conferences to figure out that it’s not important whether your next session is in the Tango or Tierra room. What’s really important is this: once you find the right conference room, whom are you sitting next to? Nobody prepared me for this reality so I will try to save you some time with one tip as you prepare for the...
By Kristine McCarty
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
 I never wanted to work in a museum.
Not that I was against it—the thought had just never occurred to me.
Almost two years ago, a position for an intern opened up at the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) on the campus of Idaho State University. The position was a paid...
By Sue Lafferty
“I made some incredible connections! I reconnected with old friends and felt great to be able to mentor the newcomers during the conference.”
“I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for a career in museums and ideas to enhance the mission of my institution.”
“I am always so impressed by the spirit of community and reflective practice you and your team are able to cultivate at these...
By Meris Mullaley
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
How many times have you thought, “If only I knew then what I know now, I would have done [blank] differently.”
While perpetual second-guessing is not a productive way to live and work, my recent career change from field archaeologist to museum educator has given me the...
As many of you know, I have been very concerned about the lack of email archiving in museums. I chaired a session a few years ago at MCN and found that I am not alone in my concern. Since then, things have not improved. In fact, one might say they have worsened as the volume of email continues to increase, as does its use for types of museum correspondence that are crucial for us to preserve.
By Wendy Meluch
A first glance at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting Program
Western Museums Association (WMA) members tell us that they highly value networking opportunities at the Annual Meetings, but not everyone feels comfortable making new acquaintances at coffee breaks or other gatherings. Make the most of your 2013 Annual Meeting this year by kick starting it in Conference...
So it’s that time of year again when you’re thinking about professional development. AAM 2013 has just passed, and it was all the way across the country this year! But wait…the Western Museum Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting is just around the corner in October in Salt Lake City!
As we all know, it is important to be continuously developing in our museum profession, whether by connecting...
A chance to recognize unsung heroes of our profession…
“not necessarily just for directors”
The July 15th deadline is rapidly approaching!
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Director’s Chair Award. This recognition is designed to showcase and acknowledge outstanding achievement in the museum profession. The Director’s Chair Award is presented annually to...
By James G. Leventhal
Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch and The Venerable Palden Gyatso, Tibetan Freedom Concert, SF, CA 1996

So quotes my friend Jennifer Caleshu:
These times especially call for more than mere incrementalism. Let’s demand that our leaders get in over their heads, that they remain a little bit naive about what they’re getting into.
It's from WIRED.
And my friend Erin Potts wrote...
by Kristen Olson

"Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair"

Imagine a large room, filled with light, buzzing with electric conversations. You hear a shout from across the room, saying "come sit over here!" and someone is waving you over, pulling out a seat to a table. As you navigate through the crowded path of circular tables covered in pieces of paper, you...


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