Museums: A Place to Work is the definitive guide to museum practices, to professional positions, and how to prepare, look for and find jobs. Designed to aid both the uninitiated and the professional, it is an extremely useful tool that uniquely projects museum career information in the total context of what a museum is and does. br br World-wide, museums have become the central cultural and educational resource for preserving and interpreting cultural and natural history, making it extremely important that they attract the best, brightest and most creative people to work in them. Museums: A Place to Work, as no other, provides the guidance prospective museum professionals need to encourage them, to provide understanding and to assist them in pursuing a museum career.
Museums: A Place to Work covers all the issues involved in museums: the importance of ethics and professionalism, legal concerns, the descriptions and requirements of thirty professional positions, support positions, staff/volunteer relations and training and preparation. Its most unique feature are interviews with noted museums professionals who share their views of their museum careers. br br With societal changes, advanced technologies, cultural diversity, gender issues, wider audiences, environmental problems, social change, and people with disabilities – all affecting the collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting, and interpreting operations of museums – Museums: A Place to Work educates the vast potential readership as to museum career for today and tomorrow. br br Co-published with the Smithsonian Institution
Foreword Paul N. Perrot
Part 1. The museum world, its works and wonders
1. So you want to work in a museum ... Why?
2. Museums ... yesterday and today
Part 2. Principles and standards of museums
3. Museum Ethics: The Essence of Professionalism Robert Macdonald, Reprint of Code of Ethics for Museums (AAM)
4. Governance Marie C. Malaro
5. Legal Concerns Marie C. Malaro
Part 3. What museum workers do - theory and practice
6. Museum professional positions
7. Volunteer-staff relations
Part 4. Museum careers - where to start
8. Training and preparation
9. Where the jobs are - or are not
Part 5. Global perspectives
10. Museums around the World Artemis A. Zenetou
11. Museums: Today and Tomorrow
Bibliography and Appendices
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