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‘Save Our Schools’

The site ‘Save Our Schools Australia’  is produced and managed by Trevor Cobbold of Canberra to promote the value of public, as opposed to independent or private, schools. It contains ongoing posts and policy briefs about this issue. The site also contains links to many other sites dealing with education. (There are ‘Save Our School’ sites in other countries including the US.)

Trevor is one of the best informed commentators on school education anywhere and his postings contain a wealth of information, argument and references for further exploration. The site is an indispensable source of information for anyone seeking to understand the debate.

The postings to date have covered almost every aspect of formal education relating to pre-primary and primary and secondary in Australia and internationally.

Trevor has also had articles published in the magazine Dissent (edited by distinguished economic journalist Kenneth Davidson).


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Global Museum

is an extraordinarily rich site comprising news headines, resources, travel and a lot more. Large numbers of tweets are issued every day!

The Getty Leadership Institute

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI at CGU) is a leading source of continuing professional development for current and future museum leaders. GLI at CGU was created to respond to the growing complexities faced by leaders of museums and other nonprofit institutions. New technologies, shifts in philanthropic patterns, and a vigorously competitive environment challenge institutional leaders to think strategically. Our educational offerings help museum leaders navigate this world.

From the very first, our focus was on education, not training – on discovering what the right questions were rather than quick fixes.”  Phil Nowlen, Executive Director, Getty Leadership Institute

GLI at CGU Programs

GLI at CGU offers a portfolio of professional development programs designed exclusively for museum professionals—including directors, board members, curators, senior executives and staff deeper within the organization—each addressing challenges pertinent to their respective roles.

The Compleat Leader

A compendium of issues, articles and opinions of interest to the busy museum leader. A variety of topics are covered, including leadership and governance; organizational behavior, values and trends.

Other GLI at CGU Activities

Other GLI at CGU activities include convenings for leaders to pose, question and sometimes reframe issues of significance affecting cultural organizations, collaborations with other organizations serving the museum field, and technical assistance to those initiating leadership programs of their own.

MuseumBlogs.org

is a directory of museum and museum-related blogs as well as a space for re-postings. The purpose of the site is to raise awareness and increase the authority of blogs focusing on museum issues. Authority is used by search engines to filter results. The more links, the more authority and more visible a blog will become.

The site includes a publicly editable, moderated directory provides a central website for listings to museum and museum-related blogs.

Posts on the the site come from the RSS feeds of the blogs included in the directory.

Collections Australia Network (CAN)

The Collections Australia Network brings together Australian museums, libraries and archives. The site contains links to museums and information about museum and similar organizations in Australia. The CAN Coordination Unit operates from the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

CAN is the successor to AMOL, a project of the Heritage Collections Council which was supported jointly by the Australian Commonwealth Government through the Department of Communications, Information technology and the Arts and Museums Australia.

Funding for CAN was withdrawn by the Cultural Ministers Council in 2010; the site continues to be managed but not updated by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

ICOM

The International Council of Museums, the principal international organization representing museum professionals around the world. Based in Paris, France there are National Committees in each country: the bulk of the business is conducted through various International Committees.

Global Museum

A website offering information about museums, a bookshop, related travel services, access to similar sites and other information

Museum Education Roundtable

An active communications network encouraging leadership, scholarship, and personal development among educators and museum professionals. The Roundtable publishes of the Journal of Museum Education which features some of the best short articles on museum education.

Museum Group

A North American not-for-profit group of independent museum professionals offering a wide variety of services to museums and cultural organizations. The Museum Group includes Elaine Heumann Gurian.

Education World

The Group for education in museums promotes the importance of learning through museums, galleries and other cultural organisations. Although based in the UK there are members around the world. Deals with education and contains a wealth of information. Amongst the links on that site is “The Constructivist Museum” by Emeritus Professor George E. Hein (Lesley College, Cambridge, Mass, USA) which presents an analysis of theories of knowledge and learning, and how this relates to the goals of museums. Hein is the author of “Learning in the Museum” (Routledge, London, 1998) and, with Mary Alexander of “Museums: Places of Learning” (American Association of Museums, Washington, DC, 1998).

Informal Learning Experiences, Inc.

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Based in Washington DC 20015, Informal Learning Experiences provides a wide range of services to organizations and government agencies involved in informal education.

Mouseia

Describes itself as the online resource centre for museologist and museum professionals. “Mouseia, a “festival of the Muses,” is the culmination of years of scholarship by leading international museologists, now made accessible through the potential of the online environment. Shaped by the vision of Professor Lynne Teather of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto, Mouseia brings together traditional bibliographies of museum literature, and integrates new, multimedia resources, including online journals and discussions of innovations in the field. The result is both a research centre and a forum for the exchange of ideas: Mouseia will provide opportunities for museum professionals, academics, and communities to interact, discuss and develop concepts around heritage and the roles of museums as stewards of expressions of human identity, memory and creativity.”

Explore Museums Online

Promotes itself thus: “this website can help you find museums on the internet .. as well a staggering variety of related links .. dozens of interesting online museum shops .. and even specialized content for museum professionals .. online since 1999, we now have a database of over 20,000 individual items .. quite the treasure trove of museum “stuff”. KIVU Nature Inc. (Knowledge, Imagery, Vision, and Understanding)Was established in 1997 to help bring a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural worlds. Kivu offers executive level consulting to leaders in sustainable project development, especially where important heritage natural and cultural resources are involved, executive level consulting to presidents, directors, and upper level management of museums. One of our major specialties is helping to bridge the gap between western culture and indigenous peoples when including traditional knowledge in decision-making. Also offered are a wide range of media services including scriptwriting, content, and imagery for media productions. Finally, and primarily as a service to not-for-profit organizations, there is help to develop Internet presence by through inexpensive website designs and construction.

Intercom

The ‘blurb for a conference in Dublin, Ireland, October 16 – 19, 2002 on the theme of ‘Leadership: Are our Core Values Changing’ stated, “Museums today face many pressures for change, not least the pressure to popularise themselves. Are these pressures forcing museums to change their core purposes and values? The INTERCOM conference looked at this critical area and in particular at the role that leadership and management have to play in balancing apparently conflicting demands. Key questions about the role of museum governors and indeed whether traditional scholarship and research can continue alongside new populist programmes and exhibitions were addressed by the principal speakers. “Within the overall theme, there were three core sessions, addressing aspects of this topic.

The 2013 conference was held in Rio de Janeiro in August 2013 on the theme of Museums and Human Rights.  The Rio Declaration issued 13 August states,

“INTERCOM and FIHRM reject all forms of intolerance and discrimination and call upon governments in all nations to respect and celebrate different political, sexual and religious preferences and to encourage their museum communities to explore issues, free from the fear of censorship or political pressure.”

Museum Trustee Association

MTA is the Network for Advising, Informing and Inspiring Museum Trustees. The site says, “The Museum Trustee Association (MTA) is the only organization dedicated to providing The Museum Trustee Association (MTA) is the only organization dedicated to providing ongoing board education programs, services and resources for the special needs of museum trustees. Museum trustees are elected to govern institutions voluntarily. There are nearly 75,000 museum trustees in the United States; they set policy, ensure funding and oversee the management of an institution, and in many cases are almost entirely untrained. The moral and legal obligations of museum trustees are complex and, in many respects, unique to the museum world.”

The Summer 2003 issue of the MTA Newsletter features highlights from the 2002 Assembly dealing with governance, “Asking the Right Questions” including contributions from the late Stephen E Weil (Smithsonian Institution Scholar Emeritus), Adrian Ellis (AEA Consulting) and Brian Havel (DePaul University).

AEA Consulting

This is a New York consulting firm founded in 1990 with an office also in London. AEA’s magazine Platform contains very interesting articles including a recent set of papers relating to a major review of the arts in California which is considered to be relevant to arts organizations in many other countries.

The 24-hour Museum

This site promotes itself as an official guide to UK museums, galleries, exhibitions and heritage and a “Gateway to over 3,000 UK museums, galleries and heritage attractions”.

National Museum Directors’ Conference

The National Museum Directors’ Conference represents the leaders of the UK’s national museums and galleries. These comprise the national museums and galleries in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the three national libraries, and the National Archives. The Values and Vision statement calls for a new settlement with government so that Britain can maintain its position as a world-class culture.

Membership comprises the Directors and Chief Executives of the UK’s national museums and galleries, as well as The National Archives, British Library and National Library of Scotland.

The site gives details about key areas of activity and current projects, recent NMDC publications and links to other useful resources, lists and profiles members and gives links to their contact details. Also included are reports on leadership, economic impact and so on.

There are also links to details of current vacancies at national museums, libraries and archives.

The site has a Monthly Newsletter.

artknows,

is a blog by Tom Flynn. It contains essays on a number of different issues facing museums including return of cultural property.

Academic Earth provides comprehensive access to free online college courses on economics as well as to a range of other resources including videos, economics journals and trade magazines and blogs about economics. Academic Earth aims to help students to gain ‘a world class education’.