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When is the last time you updated your resume? If your answer is “more than six months ago” or “when I applied for this job,” it might be time to dust it off and make it shine again! Not only is keeping an up-to-date resume a great way to track your professional growth and achievements, but many grant proposals require resumes from key project members. Join ASTC and Jennifer Thomas, executive director of the Virginia Association of Museums, for this 60-minute webinar and get inspired to revamp
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In this webinar, we will walk through an imaginary exhibition and track and time ourselves. Will our fantasy data look like a real sample of visitors--where they went and how long they stayed? Tracking and Timing (T&T) is one of the oldest and most commonly used methods for conducting summative evaluations of museum exhibitions. Join Beverly Serrell, one the foremost experts and literally the woman who wrote the book on Tracking and Timing, for a fun, participatory learning experience that will
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What does it mean to work WITH instead of FOR your community? Now more than ever, we need safe community spaces where people can listen to each other. How can museums and science centers increase our relevance and contribute to powerful community change? Explora in Albuquerque, NM made a decision to turn outwards, using the community as a reference point for strategic planning and design making. Formal listening sessions have helped Explora staff understand their community and its rhythms, te
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Most museums are sitting on a treasure trove of web-based and social media analytics data but many professionals aren't sure how to go about accessing, analyzing, and using this analytics data as an evaluation and research tool. Date: May 18 Time: 2:00 -3:30 p.m. ET This webinar is co-hosted by the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the Visitor Studies Association. The registration fee is $25 and includes access to an archived recording of the webinar and a digital badge/certificate
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New research projects planned for the new year? Not sure when IRB review is required? Just submitted an NSF proposal that will require IRB approval to be funded? This webinar is for you! We've gathered a panel of experts to provide a basic overview of the guidelines for doing research with Human Subjects and to explain the ins and outs of IRBs. Join us for a 90 minute, interactive webinar on Thursday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET to get updates from IRB specialists as well as museum-based resear
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Join Kate Livingston, founder and principal of ExposeYourMuseum LLC and program co-chair of the American Evaluation Association's Data Visualization and Reporting topical interest group, for a 90-minute session on creative and compelling communication strategies for evaluation reporting. From exploring the science behind visual communication and information retention to promoting simple and low-cost ways to communicate in compelling ways, this webinar will provide attendees with avenues to incre
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Whether you are considering an educational program, an exhibit or exhibition, or another type of informal learning experience, the inclusion and representation of diverse perspectives and portrayals is of vital importance. But how do we plan our efforts in an effective and culturally-responsive way, and what are the costs of not doing so? This webinar from April 2015 explored these questions and more, with the goals of fostering dialogue and building skills around inclusive representations and
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This webinar from September 2014 explored concrete ways to evaluate school group visit experiences and get the most valuable and helpful feedback possible. The webinar was a partnership between the Visitor Studies Association (VSA) and ASTC. View this Webinar FREE here: https://vimeo.com/107078369

When: September 24, 2014
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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 is a timely survey of ways museums are incorporating user-contributed content in exhibitions and other media. Overview articles by the editors plus 29 other articles describe a variety of experiments dating from the 1970s to the present -- from comment books to sticky notes, video kiosks to blogs. For professional and student alike, Visitor Voices offers inspiration, food for thought, and practical advice. Kathleen McLean and Wendy Pollock, editors; ASTC, 2007. 164 pp. #152
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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