As classes end for the spring semester, I have caught up on some reading and resources. A helpful new find is the Museum Education Monitor produced by M. Christine Castle. The on-line monthly download runs some 12-15 or so pages. The thrust of the publication is a listing of ongoing research, on-line journals, on-line discussion groups, blogs, research papers, resources, print journals, call for papers, and conference announcements. What particularly intrigues me about the Monitor is that it includes a few of the links I come across during my regular internet browsing through sources such as the American Association of Museums, the Center for the Future of Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History newsletters. However, the Monitor focuses very tightly on Education and Outreach. Students and unwaged Museum workers can receive a complimentary subscription. For those of us drawing a paycheck, the annual rate is $40.00. You can also download a sample copy. A great resource.
I am spending more time with Nina Simon’s The Participatory Museum, a book I posted about before. Simon’s book is without a doubt one of my top five “aha” moments in Museum Studies over the past year. Here is why – First, the book goes well beyond the buzzwords of participation and engagement for the sake of participation and engagement. The volume examines the concept from a mission driven perspective. Second, the chapters are filled with case studies suitable and adaptable for museums big and small, put into practice short of blockbuster exhibits or doubling the work force. Third, Simon provides weblinks to many of her references/resources in page footnotes. Finally, the book is available on-line for free or $25.00 as a hard copy. The on-line presence also provides the opportunity for ongoing discussions about the chapters – a factor that figured into Simon’s intent for the project.
So . . . check out these possibilities while relaxing at your third place wi-fi spot this summer!