Museum Studies Week 3 Lecture Notes
Museum Studies Week 3 Lecture Notes HP 410
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9815 The board is the governing body that has the interest of the public the board sets policies the director is the interface between the staff and the board Board approves all annual budgets and major expenditures Underneath the board is the the staff Ideally the staff is made up of professionals The director is in charge of running the museum and answers to the board Board sets the strategic vision director implements it Sometimes there is a split between the museum sector and the financial sector It is essential to have a vision and balance the budget Director is the face of the museum Lately there is pressure to have a director that is familiar with the financial sector It is more so necessary to have a director who has vision The next level down is department heads Curator is in charge of the acquisition organization and care of objects related to the museums mission as defined in the bylaws board and mission statement Collections department is in charge of the artifacts things must be cat Can have subdivisions curators in charge of different division If the museum has a library it is within the collections division Registrar deals with insurance of artifacts also loans packing and shipping they deal with the administrative side of collections Conservator is the person in charge with cleaning artifacts more of a scientific position the Preparator is the exhibit designer this position can sometimes be contracted out The education department is a fairly new department Education director coordinates the exhibits handle outreach projects education is fundamental to the exhibit On the front lines are the docents tour guides interpreters a labor intensive activity with little pay high turnover Another department is the business side Business operations has several job opportunities Business and development is still an integral part of notforprofit places Marketing division is in charge of bringing people in and promoting memberships lncrease membership by making it feel like a very elite The facilities department is split between custodial and security They are usually subcontracted Museum Organization and Strategic Planning Mission Statement a concise statement of the purpose or mission Two sentences is plenty Artifacts displayed should reflect the mission statement Sometimes the mission can change Typically though get one and stick to it Sometimes you will see it listed as Vision Statements which is just a bunch of corporate lingo Just a bunch of gobbly gook not recommended A mission statement should answer the question What are we doing here Strategic planning is how you put the mission into action and is typically done in intervals of specific years annual plans of longterm development There has to be enough room in strategic plan to allow you to adapt to changing circumstance Directors face a lot of pressure to do outreach programs even unrealistic ones Try not to duplicate what other people are doing Assessment Research is how we do the assessment process The American Alliance of Museums will sometimes do this for you MAP Museum Assessment Surveys are helpful in knowing what the public wants The nucleus of planning should remain with the board and the staff Hiring consultants can be very useful Backburner the financial thoughts while planning but remember budget all the same Cannot plagiarize content you can however plagiarize technique Look at what other museums are doing and how they are doing it You cannot plagiarize content but you can plagiarize technique Look at these museums and determine what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong 91015 Dan Will Internship Presentation DuPage County Historical Museum 30005000 pieces donated to the museum Special Project Accessioning ltems needed to be accessioned and organized into a computer database excel spreadsheet Paper items were the typical things that needed to be accessioned playing cards photos school newspapers etc labeling 3D artifacts is complicated and requires practice prior to artifact labeling Be careful of objects that could be dangerous Traveling exhibits Exhibit research Grant writing Copy Photographs Filing Museum Operations Continued Getting on the business side has more opportunities Gift shop is typically the revenue generator Most of a museums revenue comes from donations endowments is money put away Salaries and benefits are where most of the money goes payroll and such 23s of the museums money Revenue and expenditures must come out the same Annual budgets are planned by the departments Budgets must be approved by the board that include changes to the budget Board has oversight over all operations Budget committee is the typical standing committee Human Resources HR Personnel Managers Important duties for Gift Shop Items must be on mission Promotional items keychains magnets etc Facilities Management Security is the most important part includes burglars light humidity Roughly a third of the overall space must be for artifact storage Bathrooms are a must Loading dock would be useful Most likely collections will continue to grow space must be allocated for that Visible storage is not advised the last act of a desperate museum Resources must be realistic in the face of what must be maintained America has 23s of the worlds lawyers America is the the most quotSue happy countryquot keep that in mind lnterview everybody the exact same way When you are making job applications avoid Any question that identifies age Maiden name National origin language