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The Unionization of Museums What Management and Staff Need to Know

Learn the basics of the collective bargaining process, the advantages and disadvantages of unionization, and strategies to manage the various possible outcomes of the voti…

After MoMA Stabbings, Museums Review Their Safety Protocols

Violent acts in museums are rare, experts say, but the seriousness of the recent attack at the Museum of Modern Art has focused attention on protecting visitors and employees. Karissa …

The Top Ten Alliance Blog Posts of 2021

Though 2021 was a slightly more normal year than 2020, with mostly open museums gradually regaining visitors, the pandemic still loomed large and colored most conversations. On the Alliance …

An Investment in Our Collective Future: Building for Staff Advancement from the Inside Out

With the worst of pandemic disruptions behind us (we hope) some museums are using this as an opportunity to rethink their operations, rather than simply rebounding to the previous norm. …

Digital Migrants and Digital Nomads: Reshaping Museum Communities

Hello, this is Elizabeth. I’m trying to recover from my pandemic writing rut by drafting a short post each week, commenting on the news. (Kind of like the old CFM series “Monday Musing,” …

Ethical Contracting: Is Your Museum Doing It?

The way we work is changing. The growth of the “gig” economy is accelerating in a post-COVID world, as the desirability of freelance work increases for employees seeking flexible schedules …

Pandemic Disruption as an Opportunity for Change: Intuit

A year ago, I wrote about how Venice is using their pandemic induced pause to rethink how they can create a better future of sustainable tourism rather than rebounding to the status quo of …

Same Storm, Different Boats

Sometimes, in the wake of disruptive events. the world acts like a rubber band, snapping back to its original shape. Other times, disruptions have a lasting impact—resetting our boundaries, …

Hindsight is 2020: What We Learned About Leadership in a Crisis

At the height of the pandemic, as so many aspects of our professional and personal lives hung in the balance and emotions fluctuated between despair and hope, effective leadership surfaced …

Rethinking Our Human Resources Practices to Build a More Equitable Museum

Less than three weeks after COVID forced museums around the globe to close their doors last year, an article by Arundhati Roy in The Financial Times titled “The Pandemic is a Portal” …

Strengthening Our Core: How Defining Shared Values Can Revitalize Teams

All aquariums, zoos, and museums have core values—beliefs, philosophies, and principles that drive the organization. These values support the organization’s vision, shape its culture, and …

Running with Scissors (and a Mask!): COVID-19 Responses at Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Just as flexible buildings can withstand hurricane-force winds and earthquakes, flexible institutions can withstand monumental challenges like a global pandemic. Because of our four years …
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Sky’s the Limit: Holosonics’ Revolutionary Audio Spotlight Technology Honors Revolutionary Women at New England Air Museum

Category: Industry Advertorial
New England Women in Aviation, the permanent exhibit unveiled in March 2022 at the New England Air Museum (NEAM) in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, utilizes Holosonics’ patented directional …

Contact Senators Today and Advocacy at #AAM2022

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – May 13, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Act Now: Ask Your Senators to Sign On to Senate OMS Letter by May 20! Join Us in Boston: Advocacy Sessions at #AAM2022 …

With Strategic Focus, TikTok Creates New Opportunities for Cultural Institutions to Inspire Critical Thinking and Constructive Dialogue

Category: Alliance Blog
In September of 2021, TikTok surpassed one billion users, making it the fastest-growing social media app. The video-sharing platform allows users to post short-form videos, which are then …

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