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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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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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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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Now available as an electronic publication only, this collection of inexpensive exhibit ideas is perfect for small museums and exhibit developers on a tight budget. The book provides construction tips and exhibit schematics. Exhibits include the weight changer, liquid crystal walls, Mobius zippers, and more. Paul Orselli; ASTC, 1995. 69 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 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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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
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In Their Own Voices is the story of thirteen families from the African American, Latino, and Asian communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey, who have been actively involved in grant-funded outreach programs for nearly two decades. The collection is a surprisingly candid and moving portrait of the significant role that these programs can play in the lives of local families. Minda Borun, et al., The Franklin Institute, 2011. 70 pp. #160
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Limited stock — order now! An Invisible Infrastructure: Institutions of Informal Science Education Inverness Research Associates, 1996; Volume 1: Findings (20 pp.); Volume 2: Statistics (126 pp.); Sold as set only. #97/98
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Limited stock — order now! Melanie L. Herman and Peggy M. Jackson; Nonprofit Risk Management Center, 2001. 96 pp. #20
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This title teaches leaders how to evaluate and define their leadership maxims by leading oneself, leading the thinking, leading one's people, and leading a balanced life. Based on Mike Figliuolo's "Leadership Maxims" training course, One Piece of Paper is a fundamental addition for leaders in all fields. Mike Figliuolo; Jossey Bass, 2011. 244 pp. #167
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TWO GREAT BOOKS, ONE GREAT PRICE! Package of One Piece of Paper and The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results, at a discounted price. #168
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In The Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and Cultural Interpretation, Susan Strauss shows how good storytelling weaves a magical web around scientific facts and theories. Strauss uses examples from Native American myths and legends, stories told by friends and collegues, and anecdotes from her work as a storyteller at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History and the National Park Service. Susan Strauss; North American Press, 1996. 152 pp. #96
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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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Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy is a unique and historically relevant read that delves into John Dewey's influence on museum practice, as well as into the significance of museums in fostering democracy and education. If you want to learn about an important aspect of museum education history, this is a must-read. George E. Hein; Left Coast Press, 2012. 254 pp. #165
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Science demonstrations, science exhibits, special event plans, and enrichment class curricula make this an ideal publication for those who are just starting a science center or want to infuse new life into their present programs. This book grew out of the NSF-funded Science Carnival Consortium project at Pacific Science Center, which was designed to assist new and developing science centers. Pacific Science Center, 1996. 275 pp. #99
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TWO GREAT BOOKS, ONE GREAT PRICE! Package of Science on Stage Anthology and The Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and Cultural Interpretation, at a discounted price. #159
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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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Practitioners in informal science settings—science centers and museums, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and more—are interested in finding out what learning looks like in those settings, how to measure it, and what they can do to ensure that all visitors come away with a positive learning experience. Surrounded by Science is designed to make that task easier. Marilyn Fenichel and Heidi A. Schweingruber; National Academies Press, 2010. 220 pp. #162
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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