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Museum Studies Programs & Tools for Creating More Inclusive Curricula

The graduates of museum studies programs are overwhelmingly white and female. If we want museums to be staffed by people who reflect the American public, we can broaden our search beyond …

Flower Power: A Story of Organizational Re-Blossoming

 A reporter recently asked me to name the biggest barrier standing in the way of museums adapting to the forces shaping the future. My reply was “ourselves—the funding and organizational …

Landing a Job in the Museum of the Future

I get a lot of calls from people asking for advice about careers: getting a first job, getting back into the museum field, switching to museums from another field. I wish I could wave a …

The Importance of The Structured Interview

While most HR/recruitment professionals are well trained in interview practices, departmental hiring managers frequently are not. This factor can lead to unintentional hiring bias, which …

Volunteers and Museum Labor

As I untangle the strange economics that shape our field, I’ve written several posts exploring the causes and consequences of the generally low salaries attached to museum work. In The …

10 Things We’ve Learned About Unbiased Hiring Practices at AAM

Last fall, I was a guest presenter in an AAM Webinar on unbiased hiring where I shared some blind screening techniques that we have begun incorporating into our hiring practices at AAM. …

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