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October 11, 2017
          
Have you always wondered how much your museum colleagues get paid? Do you want to know how your salary stacks up to peers with similar job titles? You can get the latest salary information and employment trends with the new 2017 National Museum Salary Survey, the only comprehensive study of its kind for the museum field.

With data received from 1,060 institutions nationwide, the...
October 9, 2017
            
By Daniel Gale-Rosen
Two weeks ago, Alley Interactive had the privilege of attending the joint Western Museums Association / Alberta Museums Association conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Apart from being our first visit to Edmonton, we got a chance to discuss the challenges around being a museum in North America in this day in age, which aren’t just digital.
There were a few topics we...
September 28, 2017
The Western Museums Association presented our annual Director's Chair Award to Dr. Robert R. Janes during our Annual Meeting UNITE 2017. The Director’s Chair Award is designed to showcase and acknowledge outstanding achievements in the museum profession. The Award is presented annually to an individual who has had a significant and lasting impact on museum practices and/or the museum profession...
September 7, 2017
By Ian Gill
I entered the San Francisco State University Museum Studies program in fall 2015 with a planned focus in Collections Management and Registration. Through program coursework and internship experiences, my interests expanded to other aspects of collections care, including database management, intellectual property issues, and the way that technology facilitates interaction with...
April 6, 2017
Professional conferences are a fantastic arena to learn and grow through attending sessions, networking with peers, and exposure to organizational, theoretical, and geographical perspectives. However, taking advantage of this type of opportunity often is a matter of finances.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) offers the Wanda Chin Scholarship to assist member’s financial needs and ultimately...
March 23, 2017
By Scott Burg
The Computer History Museum (CHM) is in the midst of an exciting phase of expansion and transformation. Within the next year CHM will launch a large-scale exhibition on software as well as a new Center for Software History, both of which are part of their larger software initiative and follow the June 2016 launch of Exponential, a center for entrepreneurship and innovation. 

A...
March 15, 2017
Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar-practitioner, a former museum director, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Museum Management and Curatorship, and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK). He has a Ph.D. in archaeology and began his career as an archaeologist in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. Janes was given a traditional Blackfoot (First...
March 3, 2017
By Joy Hyatt
Implementing change requires courage. For me, the duality of this experience can be equally inspiring and a challenge to demonstrate. Focusing on this year’s theme of change, the Western Museum Association (WMA) Annual Meeting did not shy away from considering the struggles and joys related to change. Before attending the Meeting, I often wondered how museum professionals might...

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