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The Alliance is happy to partner with Rowman & Littlefield (R&L) as its new copublisher and book seller. This partnership combines AAM’s expertise in publishing the best and most comprehensive literature for and about museums, with a commercial publisher already well-established in the museum field.

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The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey

Prepared in partnership with the six regional museum associations (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Mountain-Plains, New England, Southeastern, and Western) and five state museum associations (California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia), the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey is the only comprehensive study of its kind for our diverse field. The full report is available for $100, or $60 for members of AAM and of the regional and state project partner organizations. Smaller “snapshot” reports for specific staffing categories are available for $20 each.
 
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Museum Board Leadership 2017: A National Report

Good governance is essential to the work of museum trustees and directors, providing the very foundation for the museum’s success. Together the board and the director set the direction of the museum, obtain and manage the resources needed for it to fulfill its mission and ensure that the museum is accountable to the public. Museum boards and trustees are the connective tissue that links the museum and its mission to the community it serves. AAM’s strategic plan calls for strengthening those connections by engaging museum boards and helping museum directors build and maintain the highest standards of good governance.

A new report, Museum Board Leadership 2017, commissioned by AAM, grades boards on a wide variety of policies, practices, and performance. The survey was conducted in partnership with BoardSource and Northern Trust.

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National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums

For the first time, the U.S. museum profession's current operating standards in areas from public accountability to facilities and risk management are available in a single publication. This guide is an essential reference work for the museum community, presenting the ideals that should be upheld by every museum striving to maintain excellence in its operations. An introductory section explains how virtually anyone associated with museums will find the book valuable, from trustees to staff to funders and the media. It is followed by a full outline of the standards, including the overarching Characteristics of Excellence and the seven areas of performance they address. Throughout the book is commentary by Elizabeth E. Merritt, former director of AAM's Museum Advancement and Excellence Department and founding director of AAM's Center for the Future of Museums.

As an AAM membership benefit, staff who work at a member museum may download this book as a free PDF. Just add the PDF to your cart. There will be no charge at checkout.

Please note: one free download per staff member

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Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions

Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions  is the first comprehensive resource to focus solely on the rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards and emerging best practices at cultural institutions. This publication was co-published in 2015 by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and American Alliance of Museums. With intellectual property laws and rights and reproductions methodologies ever-changing with new technologies, this digital publication, produced using the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) Toolkit platform, will be a living document that can be updated to remain current with trends and best practices.

Purchase as PDF:     $4.99
Purchase as ePub:    $4.99
Purchase for Kindle:  $4.99


 
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Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem

Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem summarizes the content and shares ideas coming out of a convening organized by the Alliance and The Henry Ford. Essays by educators, students, researchers and reformers explore how leaders from the worlds of education and museums can work together to create immersive, experiential learning opportunities for youth.

Download as PDF:     Free









Direct Care of Collections: Ethics, Guidelines and Recommendations

Direct Care of Collections: Ethics, Guidelines and Recommendations provides field-wide guidance on the use of proceeds from the sale of deaccessioned objects. It focuses specifically on direct care, a phrase that has caused confusion since it was first used in the AAM Code of Ethics for Museums in 1993.

Download as PDF:     Free

 


 
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Stand for Your Museum Mission: A Discussion Guide for Museum Trustees

This report, in partnership with BoardSource, is a discussion guide for museum leaders—especially directors and trustees—to get involved with advocacy.

Download as PDF:     Free

 


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2014 National Comparative Museum Salary Survey

Prepared in collaboration with the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums , the Mountain Plains Museum Association (MPMA), the New England Museum Association (NEMA), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and the Western Museums Association (WMA), the 2014 National Comparative Museum Salary Survey is the only comprehensive study of its kind for our diverse field.

Download as PDF:     Free (to Alliance members only)


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2012 National Comparative Museum Salary Study

Prepared in collaboration with the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), the Mountain Plains Museum Association (MPMA), theNew England Museum Association (NEMA) and the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) and based on surveys conducted in their regions. Together, these associations represent 36 states, 64% of the American population and approximately two-thirds of all museums in the United States.

Download as PDF:    Free (to Alliance members only)


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Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization

In this e-workbook, available as PDF download, management consultant John Durel demonstrates how museums and other cultural nonprofits can become more sustainable organizations. Durel makes the distinction between "sustainable" and "viable," discusses the importance of strategic thinking, and presents the "Four Essential Elements of Sustainability." The workbook includes CEO Assessment tools, a CEO Action Plan, and multiple graphs of Key Financial Indicators for use in helping your institution get on the path to long-term sustainability.

Purchase as PDF:    $14.95




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 General Facility Report

The General Facility Report provides the opportunity to record the latest information about an institution's physical specifications and staff practices. The standard form expedites the exchange of information critical to lenders and insurers. Architects and designers will want to use this form as a handy checklist for construction and engineering. This report is also a useful self-assessment tool for the building and its protection systems. Complete the General Facility Report once and, with periodic updates on your computer, keep all the information current.

Purchase as Word Document:     $19.95




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TrendsWatch 2012-2016

This bundled set contains the first five editions of the Center for the Future of Museums' annual forecasting report, covering a total of 30 trends of enduring importance to museums.

Each edition summarizes emerging trends identified through CFM’s research. The reports:

  • explore how each trend is playing out in the world
  • investigate what this means for society and for museums
  • share examples of how museums are engaging with this trend
  • suggest how museums might respond

Purchase in Print:     $9.95


 

TrendsWatch 2017

Empathy | Criminal Justice Reform | Artificial Intelligence | Migration and Refugees | Agile Design

TrendsWatch is the CFM’s annual forecasting report. Each edition summarizes emerging trends identified through CFM’s research.

Purchase in Print:     $5.95
Download as PDF:    Free


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TrendsWatch 2016

Labor 3.0 | The Spectrum of Ability | Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality | The Struggle over Representation & Identity | Happiness

TrendsWatch is the CFM’s annual forecasting report. Each edition summarizes emerging trends identified through CFM’s research.

Purchase in Print:     $5.95
Download as PDF:    Free


 
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TrendsWatch 2015

Open Data | Ethical Consumerism | Personalization | Rising Sea Levels | Wearable Technology | Slow Culture

TrendsWatch is the CFM’s annual forecasting report. Each edition summarizes emerging trends identified through CFM’s research.

Purchase in Print:     $5.95
Download as PDF:    Free


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TrendsWatch 2014

Social Entrepreneurship | Multisensory Experiences | Big Data | Privacy | The Sharing Economy | Robots

TrendsWatch
is the CFM’s annual forecasting report. Each edition summarizes emerging trends identified through CFM’s research.

Purchase in Print:     $7.95
Download as PDF:    Free

 
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TrendsWatch 2013

Philanthropy | 3-D Printing | Microcredentialing | The Internet of Things | Disconnecting from Digital Experiences | The Urban Renaissance

TrendsWatch is the CFM’s annual forecasting report. Each edition summarizes emerging trends identified through CFM’s research.

Download as PDF:    Free

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TrendsWatch 2012

Crowdsourcing | Threats to Nonprofit Status | Mobile, Pop-up Experiences | Alternate Funding | Creative Aging | Augmented Reality | New Educational Era

TrendsWatch is the CFM’s annual forecasting report. Each edition summarizes emerging trends identified through CFM’s research.

Download as PDF:    Free

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