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Based primarily on data reported in late 2013 by 203 science centers and museums, this electronic report includes a four-page, full-color summary document, graphs suitable for dropping into digital presentations, and over 60 tables and graphs of information on facilities, programs, attendance, membership, employees and volunteers, and finances. PDF only. #4-2013
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This report by the Issues Laboratory Collaborative reveals that the public wants to see controversial exhibits, as long as the museum shows both sides of the issue. Communicating Controversy indicates how museums can examine controversial issues without themselves becoming the focus of the controversy. Issues Laboratory Collaborative, 1995. 36 pp. #83
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Limited stock — order now! H. Richard Crane; Ann Arbor Hands•On Museum, 1992. 106 pp. #60
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McLean's best-selling book provides museum professionals with a broad understanding of the many disciplines needed to produce effective exhibitions, from industrial, graphic, and interior design to writing, editing, psychology, and management. Kathleen McLean; ASTC, 1993. 196 pp. #67
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This anthology comprises five plays written by and performed at science centers: Alice in Numberland, George Washington Carver: Born to Succeed, Sara the Scientist, The Soap Opera, and Wondrous Visions: A Visit with Leonardo da Vinci. Includes the scripts, playwright's notes, and production histories and rights. Tessa Bridal and Susan McCormick, editors; ASTC, 1991. 128 pp. #51
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Limited stock — order now! Judith White; Smithsonian Institution, 1992. 69 pp. #61
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With its Science City exhibition, the New York Hall of Science took to the streets of the Big Apple, turning street lights, storm drains, and manhole covers into outdoor, public exhibits on urban infrastructure. Take to the Streets examines site selection, approvals and permits, and successful and unsuccessful exhibit ideas, and provides sketches for many of the exhibits that appeared in Science City. New York Hall of Science, 1995. 34 pp. #88
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This book demystifies the formative evaluation process. Step-by-step procedures are provided, along with case studies from around the United States. The book contains contributions from Minda Borun, Margaret Chambers, Lisa Detloff, Alan Friedman, Patricia McNamara, Chandler Screven, Beverly Serrell, Cary Sneider, and David Taylor. Samuel Taylor, editor; New York Hall of Science, 1992. 118 pp. #58
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This four-part report identifies the critical dimensions in starting a science center. The report is the result of a survey of nearly 100 new or expanding science centers and museums, and in-depth, on-site interviews at six. Included are survey data, analysis of interviews, and suggestions for planning. Mark St. John and Sheila Grinell; ASTC, 1993-1996. Sold as set only; partly photocopied. 108 pp. #73
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Following up on the success of the first volume, this book contains essays on communicating risk, explaining difficult concepts, identifying and serving new museum audiences, using focus groups, assessing school field trips, and designing exhibits that motivate, and more. Minda Borun, Shelia Grinell, Patty McNamara, and Bevery Serrell, editors; ASTC, 1993. 44 pp. #68
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Based primarily on data reported in late 2012 and early 2013 by science centers and museums around the world, this electronic report includes a full-color summary document, graphs suitable for dropping into digital presentations, and over 70 tables and graphs of information on facilities, programs, attendance, membership, employees and volunteers, and finances. Do you work for a member of ASTC? Email ASTC's publications department for your free copy! PDF only.
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An ASTC Bulletin that provides guidelines for designing a science center, including ceiling heights, floor loads, lighting systems, electricity, and more. Ten case studies show how the guidelines work in the real world of science-center construction. Charles Howarth Jr. and Maeryta Medrano; ASTC, 1997. 55 pp. #110
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Co-produced by ASTC and the Association of Children's Museums (ACM), this report is based on a survey of 155 US institutions and features detailed data on 14 positions, including salaries analyzed by museum size, educational requirements, benefits provided, and turnover rates. Salary information for 10 additional positions, plus information from CEOs at 25 institutions outside the US are included. PDF format only. 308 pp. #103-2011 FREE for members that contributed data to this report.
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Whether starting a new science center or expanding an existing one, a sound business plan is vital to success. This ASTC Bulletin describes why and how to create one and includes a sample plan. Charles H. Trautmann; ASTC, 1997. Available in photocopy only. 26 pp. #111
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Thirty more cheap exhibit ideas, now available as an electronic publication. This edition includes, among others, Pyramid Puzzle by Dan Goldwater, Howling Cats by Stephen Pizzey, and Magnetic Canvas by Chris Burda. Paul Orselli; ASTC, 1999. 49 pp. PDF only.
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Another 31 cheap exhibit ideas, now available as an electronic publication. Featured in Volume 3 are Harvey the Invisible Rabbit by Harry White, Little from the Big by Pietro Cerreta, Parabolic Throw by Geoff Snowdon, and Cartesian Floater by Al Read. Paul Orselli; ASTC, 2004. 68 pp. PDF only.
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These three collections of inexpensive exhibit ideas, which are now available in PDF format, have been extremely popular. Perfect for small museums and exhibit developers on a budget, each volume provides construction tips and exhibit schematics for 30 time-tested interactive exhibits. We are now selling these together for a discount, so buy all three for a special price today! PDF only.
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This compilation includes a number of the highest-rated affordable exhibits from The Cheapbook, Cheapbook 2, and Cheapbook 3, as well as a number of brand new exhibit ideas. These are great for people who want to put together science exhibits while on a budget and would like to see what other museums voted on as the best. Order now to save big time on exhibits! PDF only. #170
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The discounts get even better when you combine the latest entry of the Cheapbooks series with the Cheapbooks 1-3 Bundle. Cheapbooks Greatest Hits mainly features the most popular exhibits from the first three Cheapbooks (chosen by Cheapbooks users) but also contains 12 brand new and affordable exhibit ideas. Now is your chance to experience every exhibit idea compiled by Paul Orselli and ASTC. PDF only.
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This publication is a must for museums engaged in or considering collaboration. The result of a seven-month 1995 study involving four focus groups and 23 in-depth interviews with professionals from science centers at all stages of development, the book provides seven assessment criteria for choosing a project and 12 keys to successful collaboration. Pacific Science Center and SLi, 1997. 69 pp. #106
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TWO GREAT BOOKS, ONE GREAT PRICE! Package of The Convivial Museum and the companion volume, Visitor Voices in Museum Exhibitions, at a discounted price. #159
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In a time of challenge, what can museum professionals do to assure that museums continue to fulfill their promise as essential public institutions? This richly illustrated book offers reflections about key dimensions of a defining quality of vibrant public places, which the authors call "conviviality"—a welcoming spirit, orientation to the community, comfort, opportunities for social engagement, and places for healing and renewal. Kathleen McLean and Wendy Pollock; ASTC, 2011. 200 pp. #158
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This book looks at family groups in four science museums. It summarizes the results of a four-year NSF-funded R & D project—defining and measuring family learning, determining exhibit characteristics that facilitate active family learning, and developing exhibit components that embody these characteristics and measure their impact. Minda Borun, et al; Philadelphia/Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative, 1998. Available in pdf format only. 70 pp. #121
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A must for exhibit developers, researchers, educators, and other museum professionals looking for ways to engage visitors more deeply with interactive science exhibits, this book documents the exploration and findings of the Exploratorium's APE project. Thomas Humphrey, Joshua P. Gutwill, and the Exploratorium APE Team; Exploratorium, 2005. 144 pp. #205
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This book is an important tool for employees and managers who want to communicate more effectively. The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results shows some of the mistakes that are made in everyday conversation and provides the reader with the tools how to minimize those mistakes and to communicate in a way that is productive both for themselves and their colleagues. Jeffrey Ford and Laurie Ford; Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009. 240 pp. #166