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September 2009

Contents: September Issue A word from the editor (1) Ongoing research (2) Online journals (3) Electronic list discussions (4) Blog postings (5) Recent reports (6) Online resources (7) Print journals / Les revues professionnelles (8) Recent theses & dissertations (9) New books (10) Calls for papers (11) Professional development / La formation professionnelle (12) The last word

A Word from the Editor – Crowdsourcing + Twitter There’s usually something in each issue of MEM that I can see as an emerging trend or issue in the museum education community – something that’s on the minds of a lot of museum educators. This month it’s “crowdsourcing” (see the “Blog Postings” section) and I’m intrigued. Is crowdsourcing something you know about or do? I see it’s popular around exhibits but is it something people could do with programs, too? How do you see it affecting museum education more broadly? I’ve launched this discussion on Twitter, too. You can follow it (and me) at http://twitter.com/mchriscastle . Look forward to hearing from you!

Contributors to this issue include Kris Wetterlund, Wendy Pollock, John Carter, Zahava Doering and researchers around the world. Your contributions are welcome, too.


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(1) Ongoing Research A comparative analysis of the use of museum’s online learning-sites in classrooms: a case study of Victoria and Albert Museum in London and National Palace Museum in Taiwan (Taiwan and England) Research Questions: How do museums’ learning sites contribute and affect to current school education? How do schoolteachers make the most of this type of online museum resource for delivering national curriculum? What are schoolteachers’ challenges when using these sites in a classroom context? Data presentation: This is a doctorial thesis (University of Leeds, UK). I am also interested in submitting part of the research results as journal articles and as conference papers. Researcher: Yi-Shan Lu Site: Taiwan and England Time span: Fieldwork: June and October 2009; Project due to complete in September/October 2010 Contact Information: yishan.lu@hotmail.com Key words: ‘the Tudors’ (website), ‘Chinese Paintings’ (website), digital museum resource and school education, interactive learning websites built by museums Museum Educators and Learning Communities (USA) Research questions: To what extent do museum educators believe they belong to a learning community? To what extent do museum educators include as part of their regular practice: mentoring, self-reflection, diagnostic assessment of their teaching, researched-based collaboration, job-embedded professional development, discussion of and contribution to current museum and museum education literature, and use data to drive their curricular or interpretive program development? Data presentation: Report suitable for publication Principal researcher: Tina Nolan Sites: I will be collecting survey data from museum educators across the US and Canada who participate in museum education list serves. Time span: July 2009 - September 2009 Contact: Tina.Nolan@nl.edu Key words: museum education, professional development, leadership, museum educators, teaching and learning From sail to steam: objects, local identity and narratives in the Maritime Museum of Andros island (Greece) Project: Researching the maritime tradition of Andros island with the purpose of collecting data for the re-interpretation of local maritime history in the museum and the production of educational material for the school community Research questions: How can we approach the maritime past in the museum space? How can we represent local maritime identities through the medium of exhibitions? How the data will be presented: 1) Museological plan proposal for an exhibition at the Maritime Museum of Andros 2) Educational resources for use by the local school community (both in the museum space and the classroom)


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Principal researchers: Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti, museologist; Helen Beneki, maritime historian. Sites: Archive research (local archival records, private and company archives in England, Romania and Greece), interviews Time span: 2 years Contact: Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti, Lecturer in museum education, Department of Education Sciences in Preschool Age, Democritus University of Thrace (Greece), e-mail: afilipp@gmail.com ; Helen Beneki, Maritime historian, Head of Research & Communication Department, Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, Athens, Greece, e-mail: BenekiE@piraeusbank.gr Key words: museology, maritime museums, museum education, community engagement, memory sites Audience Research and Evaluation for Please Touch Museum (USA) Research Questions: (1) What are parents’ perceptions of play and its role in their children’s museum experience?, (2) How do families play at Please Touch Museum and what are the implications of that play on learning?, (3) What are the quality of visitors’ overall experiences in the new Please Touch Museum? Data will be presented in an evaluation report for Please Touch Museum and findings may be presented at the 2010 AAM Conference. Researcher: Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. Site: Please Touch Museum Time span: September 2009 – December 2009 Contact Information: info@randikorn.com Key words: Children’s museum, evaluation, exhibition, audience research, play Ford Education Center Summative Evaluation (USA) Research questions: The Ford Education Center (FEC) summative evaluation combines observation, computer usage data, and face-to-face interviews to document visitor use and learning outcomes focusing around three questions: Who uses the FEC and why? What is the nature and extent of visitors’ engagement with the FEC? What do visitors take away from their experience of the FEC? Data presentation: The full report can be downloaded from the National postal Museum’s website at: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/Ford_Education_Center_Summative_Evaluation.pdf Principal researcher: Jill Stein from the Institute for Learning Innovation Site: Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum, Washington, DC Time span: February-September 2009 Contact: Aurelie Henry, project manager at the National Postal Museum: henrya@si.edu Key words: technology, kiosk, summative evaluation, exhibit

(2) Online Journals ASTC Dimensions July/August 2009


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- Christine Ruffo, “In Any Language: Serving Multilingual Communities” [ASTC posts one article from each issue of Dimensions in this blog] http://www.astc.org/blog/category/astc-dimensions/ MESC Edline Summer 2009 Includes: - Report on Carol Ann Scott’s Keynote Address, “The Social Value of Museums” http://www.mesconline.org/MESC-EDLINE_Summer09_Final.pdf museum and society July 2009, Volume 7 #2 Includes: - Lisa Chandler, ‘Journey without maps’: unsettling curatorship in cross-cultural contexts - Mary Hutchison and Lea Collins, “Translations: experiments in dialogic representation of cultural diversity in three museum sound installations” - Siân Bayne, Jen Ross and Zoe Williamson, “Objects, subjects, bits and bytes: learning from the digital collections of the National Museums” http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/museumsociety.html

(3) Electronic List Discussions MUSEUM-ED [Thanks to Kris Wetterlund for supplying these summaries. For more info see the museum-ed archives at http://www.museum-ed.org/content/blogcategory/32/66/

August 2009 Topic: Resources for Museum Education Independent Study A Historic Preservation and Museum Studies major from the University of Mary Washington wrote to the list requesting recommendations for material that would help her develop an independent study focusing on "Developing Diverse Museum Exhibits and Public Programming." Several reports from the University of Leicester’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries were recommended: - Rethinking Disability Representation (http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/research/pub1129.html ) - In the past we would just be invisible (http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/research/pub1102.html) - Not for the likes of you: Audit of recent research (http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/research/pub1122.html ) As well as one from the Mayor of London's Commission on African and Asian Heritage: Delivering Shared Heritage (http://www.mlalondon.org.uk/uploads/documents/delivering_shared_heritage.pdf )


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Two recent issues of the Museums and Social Issues journal, "Immigrants in America" (Fall 2008, http://www.lcoastpress.com/journal_issue.php?id=109 ) and "What is Race?" (Spring 2007, http://www.lcoastpress.com/journal_issue.php?id=91 ) were also recommended. Books: Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference (2007) by Richard Sandell Learning at the Museum Frontiers: Identity, Race and Power (2009) by Viv Golding Events: The Tour de Blintz, organized by the Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia and the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition. Topic: Designing Scavenger Hunts for Art Museums In August, an educator from the Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, New York asked the list for advice about creating a scavenger hunt that held educational value beyond the typical hiddenobject search. She found that she was often asked to provide them to teachers for their class’s museum visits. An educator from the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami helped to create hunts for three separate galleries, which served to keep the students contained instead of wandering through the whole museum. Students can do just one or all three hunts in a given visit. The education curator from the Louisiana State University Museum of Art shared her approach, which focuses on creating flexible criteria for what is hidden. She plans the hunts much like a lesson, selecting themes like line, texture, shapes, colors, patterns, symbolism, value, or art media. She has kids look for things like “a line that was drawn quickly, [or] a painting with colors that set a somber mood.” By using alternative formats, such as take-offs on a Dr. Seuss book (The Shape of Me and Other Stuff) or newspaper classifieds, she adds variety to the standard “hunt” game. The materials emphasize the process of “looking” instead of the resulting list of objects, so she has found that the kids slow down and really analyze the artworks. Parents appreciate the activities as well, as it gives them a new vocabulary to talk about art with their kids.

(4) Blog Postings [Editor's Note: I monitor blogs that I believe may contain something of professional interest to readers. Please get in touch if you have a suggestion for a blog I should take a look at. CC]

Listen to the Gears: 7 | newcurator http://newcurator.com/2009/08/listen-to-the-gears-7/ By August How could this work in a museum situation? Could visiting the slavery exhibits and education sessions at the Royal Naval Museum help to vaccinate against bullying? Too harsh? What about a prescription to view some Gilbert and George to ... newcurator - http://newcurator.com/ A toolkit for supporting your own learning online –


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http://keystone.collectionsaustralia.net/publisher/Outreach/?p=3046 By Joy Suliman Creating your own “Personal Learning Environment” or PLE is a handy way of integrating all your online learning and resources, and creating ways of managing your own learning online. CAN Outreach Blog - http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/ A Methodology for Learning from Social Media Pilots: Reflection http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2009/09/a-methodology-for-learning-from-social-mediapilots-reflection.html By Beth That's a chair in my son's kindergarten class from a couple of years ago. The intention was not to shame or punish the child for "mistakes" in behavior, but provide an opportunity for reflection and learning. Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media - http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/ Virtual exhibitions in Second Life http://keystone.collectionsaustralia.net/publisher/Outreach/?p=2310 By Gillian Raymond National Portrait Gallery online manager Gillian Raymond is curating a series of virtual exhibitions in Second Life exploring the endless possibilities online. Doppelganger will launch next month and looks at the concepts of constructed self, identity, truth and illusion in the digital realm. The NPGs first virtual exhibiton in Second Life was held in 2007, focusing on animated self-portraits. Gillian talks how web-based exhibitions are not necessarily about attracting new audiences but allowing existing audiences to be challenged in different ways. CAN Outreach Blog - http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/ Crowdsourcing Lessons http://hangingtogether.org/?p=736 By Roy The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, more RLG Partners and others have participated in the Flickr Commons, all to try to leverage what’s become known as “crowdsourcing” — “the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people or community in the form of an open call.” hangingtogether.org - http://hangingtogether.org/ Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2009/09/frameworks-and-lessons-from-public.html By Nina Simon What does the word "participatory" mean to you? This isn't just a rhetorical question. The various definitions of participatory projects can lead to confusion and misunderstandings. A participant who writes her reaction to an object on an index card is very different from one who donates her own personal effects to be part of an institutional collection, and both of these people are different from one who helps develop a new program from scratch. How do we define and talk about these different kinds of participation? Fortunately, science has a (partial) answer. Museum 2.0 - http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/


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Crowdsourcing and museum futures update http://nlablog.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/crowdsourcing-and-museum-futures-update/ By Angelina Russo Over the past few weeks I’ve been developing different streams of the past two arguments; crowdsourcing design and the future of the museum. Following an event which I organised with AIMIA in Melbourne, Anthill suggested a piece for their magazine. The subsequent article: “Is Crowdsourcing killing traditional design practice?” was published on 1st Sept and has received a fair bit of comment. I’m particularly interested to explore the potential for designers to expand their practice and capacity through social networks! http://nlablog.wordpress.com/

(5) Recent Reports Interplay: Inspiring Wonder, Discovery, and Learning through Interdisciplinary MuseumCommunity Partnerships Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation, USA, 2009 The Education and Arts Roundtable comprises an innovative partnership of K–12 educators, community arts organizations, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The program began nearly five years ago, and in 2006 a multiyear grant from The James Irvine Foundation enabled this idea to come to fruition. The Roundtable continues to be a robust incubator of ideas and exhibits. This report documents the impact of this program on schools, artists, and on our Museum. We believe our story can benefit other programs and institutions that may wish to adopt some of the approaches piloted by the Roundtable. http://bit.ly/2sM1NY Template Twitter Strategy for Government Departments Cabinet Office, UK, 2009 “A handy tool for getting started in Twitter” http://bit.ly/agPpX Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile technologies to Promote Children’s Learning The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, NY, NY USA 2009 “argues that despite legitimate public concern about the “disruptive track record” of mobile devices in schools, there is reason to be excited about their potential. As an analysis of key industry trends, opportunities, and challenges, including small-scale studies of academic and industry projects, the paper recommends a series of urgent action steps for key sectors to consider. Of particular note are the promising innovations developed by an international group of mobile technology thought leaders — from Silicon Valley to Seoul to sub-Saharan Africa — whose pioneering work is featured in this report and its appendices.” [Includes museum references] http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/pdf/pockets_of_potential.pdf Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C. July 2009


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This project underscores the critical role of American museums and libraries in helping citizens build such 21st century skills as information, communications and technology literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, civic literacy, and global awareness. http://www.imls.gov/pdf/21stCenturySkills.pdf; Website http://www.imls.gov/about/21stCSkills.shtm Lessons for Tomorrow: A Study of Education at the Smithsonian Volume I: Summary Report & Volume II: Appendices, August 2009 This study was undertaken to provide an overview of education at the Smithsonian, highlight its importance, and strengthen it to meet the challenges of the 21st century. T is Summary Report (Volume I) presents the main points to emerge from the study, along with conclusions and recommendations. Volume II (Appendices) contains more detailed findings and analysis. … it focuses on the mission, strategy, audiences, programming, leadership, management, workforce, finances, facilities, and organizational alignment of education at the Smithsonian as a whole. The impact of new technologies on the Institution’s ability to serve its audiences is also discussed, as is the critical issue of collaboration within the Smithsonian and with external organizations. http://www.si.edu/opanda/administrativemanagement.html

(6) Online Resources The Effect of Public Garden Visitation on Older Adults with Depression: A Manual for Developing a Public Program The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 2009 “intended to inform museums, gardens and public facilities about a study undertaken by The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in collaboration with the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing that examined the effect of healing gardens and art therapy on older adults with mild to moderate depression.” http://www.morikami.org/clientuploads/pdf/Manual_Stroll_for_Well_Being.pdf The future of museums - Part One - RN Future Tense - 3 September 2009 Podcast “Panel discussion with Frank Howarth, Director of the Australian Museum; Associate Professor Angelina Russo from the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University; and Louise Douglas, General Manager, Audiences and Programs at the National Museum of Australia. We also hear from the Director General of the International Council of Museums, Julien Anfruns." http://bit.ly/10iHwp Experienceology Online Tutorials Visitor experience consultant Stephanie Weaver offers a new online learning website for museum professionals. www.experienceology.com/classes Live classes:  Introduction to visitor experiences with Stephanie Weaver: Wed. Sept. 30 at 9 am PDT: http://bit.ly/HLdIF


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Authenticity in museums featuring Reach Advisors: Wed. Oct. 7 at 9 am PDT: http://bit.ly/1arB09 Customer service with author Tom Larkin (How to Talk to Customers) [includes book giveaway]: Wed. Oct. 14 at 9 am PDT: http://bit.ly/3TIctM e-Clinic on outdoor signage with designer Tanya Bredehoft: Wed. Nov. 11 at 9 am PDT: http://bit.ly/102Obo Dr. John H. Falk on identity in museum visitors [includes book giveaway]: Wed. Dec. 2 at 9 am PDT: http://bit.ly/fwYpb

Mobile for Museums Center for History and New Media “…The biggest challenge is that many museums do not quite know where to begin when working with a small budget and small staff with limited technical knowledge. This site addresses those needs by proving a brief overview of what is being done in the mobile museum world and offers suggestions based on this research on how to economically provide mobile users with a positive experience with your museum.” http://chnm.gmu.edu/labs/mobile-for-museums/ Listening Across Differences (Taped Webcast - Originally broadcast Friday, September 25, 10 am) “a presentation by Martha Norkunas. Dr. Norkunas is a professor in the Public History Program at Middle Tennessee State University. She works with schools, museums, historic sites, and nonprofit institutions on projects that document the lives of African Americans, women, and people in the labor movement. Her recent work includes the African American Oral History Project and Interpreting the Texas Past. http://museumstudies.si.edu/webcast_092509.html

(7) Print Journals [Editor's Note: An URL listed in this section provides a link to the journal, not to the article itself. Articles in print journals are available by subscription to that journal, by online purchase of the article, or through museum and university libraries. I encourage you to subscribe. I provide an abstract wherever possible to assist MEM readers in your choices. Many journals offer a free sample if you check the website. CC]

APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 23, #7 Oct 2009 - Julien Gross, Harlene Hayne, Tanya Drury, “Drawing facilitates children's reports of factual and narrative information: implications for educational contexts” “In the present study, we examined the effect of drawing on children's reports of an educational event. Five- and 6-year-old children visited a local museum and were interviewed either 1-2 days or 7 months later. After each delay, half of the children were asked to tell about what they had learned during their visit to the museum and the other half were given the opportunity to draw while telling. All children were also given a standard comprehension test, covering material that the museum staff considered to be most relevant to the visit. When tested after a short delay, children who drew while talking reported more factual and more narrative information than children who did not draw. When tested after a long delay, drawing only enhanced children's reports of narrative information. After both delays, children's verbal descriptions of the event


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exceeded their scores on the comprehension test. These data have important practical implications for the educational value of museum visits and suggest a new method of assessing children's learning in educational contexts.” http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/4438/home INFORMAL LEARNING: THE INFORMAL LEARNING REVIEW #96, May-June 2009 Includes: - R. Bruce Seidl, “The Promise and Power of Partnerships and Collaborations for Science Centers and Science Museums” “a framework for thinking about partnerships and collaborations – what they are, why they are becoming so important, some things that are necessary for them to be successful, some of the things that cause them to fail, and some examples that help illustrate the opportunity and value that can come from these arrangements.” http://www.informallearning.com/ilr-about.htm JOURNAL OF MUSEUM EDUCATION (Museum Education Roundtable) Vol. 34, #1 Spring 2009 Includes: - Jody Blankenship "Provoking Innovation: Creating Grassroots and Intersectional Programming at Historical Organizations” - Heidi Moisan, “Partners in Process: How Museum Educators and Classroom Teachers Can Create Outstanding Results” - Melissa Wadman, Wendy de Prophetis Driscoll and Elizabeth Kurzawa, "Creating Communicative Scientists: A Collaboration between a Science Center, College, and Science Industry” - Lynda Kelly and Susan Groundwater-Smith, "Revisioning the Physical and On-line Museum A Partnership with the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools" - Kris Wetterlund, "Keep Your Friends Close: The History of a Museum Partnership and Its Community of Teacher Learners” - Giuseppe Monaco, Bo Lu and Megan Wood, "Impact of the National History Day in Ohio Program on Students' Performances: Pilot Evaluation Project” - Adriana Mortara Almeida and Maria Helena Pires Martins "Evaluation of Educational Material Designed to be Used by High School Art Teachers: The Use of Focus Groups and Questionnaires" http://www.lcoastpress.com/journal.php?id=3 LEGACY (National Association for Interpretation, US) Vol. 20 #5 September/October 2009 Theme: Connecting Children to Nature Includes: - Gladys J. Richter, “No Stone Left Unturned: The role of the interpretive parent” [Some articles available online at http://onlinelegacy.org/ ] http://www.interpnet.com/publications/legacy.shtml MUSE (Canadian Museums Association)


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Vol. 27, #5 9-10/2009 Includes: - Robert R. Janes, “It’s a jungle in here: Museums and their self-inflicted challenges” “Museum practitioners and academics seem preoccupied with method and process – getting better at what we already do.” http://www.museums.ca/en/info_resources/muse/ MUSEUM (American Association of Museums) Vol. 88, #5 September/October 2009 Includes: - Susie Wilkening and James Chung “The mall over the museum: Into the mind of the fascinating, maddening, uncensored, thoughtful, challenging, engaging, tech-savvy, social and fun tween” [Available online at http://www.aam-us.org/pubs/mn/tween.cfm ] http://www.aam-us.org/pubs/mn.cfm NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY Vol. 38, #5; Oct 2009 - Carmen Camarero, María-José Garrido “Improving Museums' Performance Through Custodial, Sales, and Customer Orientations” “Although customer orientation seems to be an adequate marketing approach to achieve the objectives of for-profit organizations, this approach is not enough for cultural organizations that are also involved in a social mission. The current work is focused on the case of museums and arts organizations and analyzes the implications of three alternative strategic orientations (customer, sales, and custodial orientations) to improve social performance (education and conservation) as well as economic performance (income or number of visitors). The empirical analysis of 182 Spanish museums reveals that social performance is highly related to custodial and customer orientation, whereas economic performance depends mainly on a sales orientation.” http://nvs.sagepub.com/ PSYCHOLOGY OF AESTHETICS, CREATIVITY, AND THE ARTS Vol. 3, #3 August 2009 - Stefano Mastandrea, Gabriella Bartoli, and Giuseppe Bove,”Preferences for Ancient and Modern Art Museums: Visitor Experiences and Personality Characteristics” p. 164–173 This research has two main purposes. The first is to replicate and possibly to extend the results obtained in a previous study, where the authors found that visitors to the ancient art museum conducted their visit with the primary aim of acquiring understanding and knowledge, while modern art museum visitors conducted their visit with an approach that was primarily emotional and pleasure-seeking. The second purpose relates to studies showing that people who prefer abstract art present higher levels on personality traits like “Openness to Experience” and “Sensation Seeking,” compared to people who prefer realistic art. This study investigates these two personality traits for people who favor visiting museums of ancient rather than modern art. Results confirmed previous findings that emotional aspects related to the visit were relevant for modern art museum visitors, while a more cognitive approach based on learning characterized ancient art museum visitors. Concerning personality traits, no difference was found between the


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two museum groups on the “Openness to Experience” dimension; differences were found on the “Sensation Seeking” trait; modern art museum visitors attained higher scores as compared to ancient art museum visitors. Keywords: museums, ancient and modern art, personality traits, preference http://www.apa.org/journals/aca/

(8) Recent Theses, Dissertations & Major Papers [To order, try UMI ProQuest Dissertation Express http://wwwlib.umi.com/dxweb/gateway ]

Museum objects in the secondary classroom: A comparison of visual and tactile aids to learning by Liken, Paula Kay, Ed.D., Arizona State University, 2009, 134 pages; AAT 3360605 Breakaway: An exhibition to explore civic engagement and the cycling community by McKinney, Gwen M., M.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009, 168 pages; AAT 1464707 Touristic narratives and historical networks: Politics and authority in Tiwanaku, Bolivia by Sammells, Clare Alice, Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2009 , 472 pages; AAT 3362295 Revitalizing a community: The potential of the local museum in the public by Colp-Hansbury, Christina C., Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2009 , 216 pages; AAT 3360749

(9) New Books & Media Something incredibly wonderful happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the world he made up By K. C. Cole, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, FL, 2009 “As a young man Frank Oppenheimer followed in his famous brother’s footsteps—growing up in a privileged Manhattan household, becoming a physicist, working on the atomic bomb. Tragically, Frank and Robert both had their careers destroyed by the Red Scare. But their paths diverged. While Robert died an almost ruined man, Frank came into his own, emerging from ten years of exile on a Colorado ranch to create not just a multimillion dollar institution but also a revolution that was felt all over the world. His Exploratorium was a "museum of human awareness" that combined art and science while it encouraged play, experimentation, and a sense of joy and wonder; its success inspired a transformation in museums around the globe. In many ways it was Frank’s answer to the atom bomb. K. C. Cole—a friend and colleague of Frank’s for many years—has drawn from letters, documents, and extensive interviews to write a very personal story of the man whose irrepressible spirit would inspire so many.” http://tiny.cc/pn6hE Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments Marilyn Fenichel, Heidi A. Schweingruber; National Research Council, The National Academies Press, forthcoming 2009


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“Practitioners in informal science settings--museums, after-school programs, science and technology centers, media enterprises, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens--are interested in finding out what learning looks like, how to measure it, and what they can do to ensure that people of all ages, from different backgrounds and cultures, have a positive learning experience. …this book is a tool that provides case studies, illustrative examples, and probing questions for practitioners.” http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12614#description

(10) Calls Call for Presentations NAI 5th Annual International Conference in Australia April 13-17, 2010 Deadline for submissions September 30th http://www.interpnet.com/ic/ Call For Proposals Theatre Applications: Performance with a Purpose International Conference The Central School of Speech and Drama in association with RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 April 2010 Theatre Applications concerns the uses and purposes of theatre and performance in education, community, therapeutic and institutional settings. It addresses applied, social and community theatre, and forms of performance that are intended to make a difference to participants' lives. Theatre Applications provides scholars, practitioners, participants and funders with an opportunity to engage in debates about changing artistic practices, new circulations of power and new conceptions of the political in theatre. For more information http://www.cssd.ac.uk/pages/theatre_applications_performance_with_a_purpose.html Call for Papers World heritage and tourism conference: Managing for the global and the local 3-4 June 2010, Quebec City, Canada This conference seeks to explore a series of critical and fundamental questions being raised by the various ‘owners’, managers and local communities involved with World Heritage Sites in relation to tourism: Why do tourists visit some World Heritage Sites and not others? What is the tourist experience of such Sites? How successful are Sites in the management of tourists? What roles do local communities play in Site management? How can the ’spirit of place’ be protected in the face of the sheer volume of tourists? How can some Sites maximize the potential of a sustainable tourism for the purposes of poverty alleviation and community cohesion? How effective are communication strategies in bringing stakeholders together? What management skills are needed to address the needs of different stakeholders, different sites and different cultures? Please submit your 500 words abstract (in French or English) including a title and full contact details as an electronic file to Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas (Maria.Gravari-


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Barbas@univ-paris1.fr ) or Laurent Bourdeau (laurent.bourdeau@fsa.ulaval.ca ) as soon as possible but no later than 15 December 2009. Call For Papers The editors of Library Trends are pleased to announce plans for a special issue titled "Involving Users in the Co-Construction of Digital Knowledge in Libraries, Archives, and Museums." Submission Deadline: March 1, 2010 A PDF version of this CFP is available at: http://marty.ci.fsu.edu/misc/cfp_librarytrends.pdf Call for Papers Runestones and Parchment: Heritage Learning about older history The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning’s Spring Conference 2010, 3–4 February 2010 in Östersund, Sweden The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning focuses on heritage learning and older history at the centre’s spring conference 2010.The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning hereby invites you to participate in seminars. At the seminars will be given the possibility for heritage teachers, entrepreneurs in the cultural area, teachers and others with an interest in heritage learning and older history to present and discuss examples in the archive, art, cultural environment and museum area. Theorists such as professional educators, students and researchers are also warmly welcome to participate and present papers. Please send a text proposal (abstract) on max 200 words to Henrik Zipsane: henrik.zipsane@jamtli.com before December 1, 2009. Call For Participation Museums and the Web 2010: the international conference for culture and heritage on-line April 13-17, 2010 Denver, Colorado, USA Deadline September 30, 2009 http://www.archimuse.com/mw2010/

(11) Professional Development / La Formation Professionnelle 1-4 October 2009 Connections, Collections, Communities: How do museums and galleries develop new audiences and adapt to a diverse population? National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada http://www.gallery.ca/conference/en/index.htm (English) http://www.beauxarts.ca/conference/fr/index.htm (French) 20th October 2009 Museums, the cultural industries and social inclusion: outlining and unearthing alternative perspectives Sackler Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, London Attendance at the seminar is free, however places are limited. If you would like to attend please contact Anna Woodham (alw20@le.ac.uk) for a booking form and/or further information.


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October 28-29, 2009 Learning Through Objects: Museums and Young Children Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. http://www.seec.si.edu/education.htm November 14, 2009 New Directions in Museum Ethics: An International Conference of Graduate Student Research Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA Free registration http://museumethics.org/content/2009-conference 8-10 December 2009 Digital Strategies for Heritage Rotterdam, The Netherlands http://www.dish2009.nl/ 11th to 30th January 2010 6th International Vietnam Field School in Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development http://www.uq.edu.au/emsah/index.html?page=66307&pid=20385

(12) The Last Word “Possibly Swedish.” What? Its says, “Possibly Swedish.” (laughs) We’re not quite sure. Hi, my name is Carl. I’m possibly Swedish. - Visitor Conversation at the Light! Exhibition As quoted in Gaea Linehardt ad Karen Knutson. 2004. Listening in on Museum Conversations, AltaMira Press: Walnut Creek, p. 21.

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