Museum Careers and Training: A Professional Guide

Museum Careers and Training: A Professional Guide

Museum Careers and Training: A Professional Guide

Museum Careers and Training: A Professional Guide

Synopsis

Danilov presents a comprehensive guide to museum careers and training programs in the United States and 38 other countries around the world. More than 700 courses, undergraduate and graduate programs, internships and fellowships, and mid-career training programs are described. He discusses the nature and requirements of many different types of museum positions, including director, curator, educator, exhibit designer, registrar, conservator, and careers in business affairs, fundraising, public relations, marketing, membership, physical plant, security, and other aspects of museum operations. The primary purposes of the volume are to stimulate thinking about museum careers and training, to describe the various museum positions and training programs available, and to provide guidance to those considering or pursuing formal or informal training opportunities.

Excerpt

Museums are an ever-expanding cultural field with a wide range of professional opportunities. Museum Careers and Training: a Professional Guide was written to meet the need for a comprehensive single volume that describes the various museum careers and the many training programs in the United States and other countries. It is designed both for individuals planning to enter the field and for those already working in the museums who are seeking to advance themselves professionally through additional training.

The book discusses the nature and requirements of different types of museum positions--such as director, curator, educator, exhibit designer, registrar, conservator--and careers in business affairs, fundraising, public relations, marketing, membership, physical plant, security, and other aspects of museum operations.

More than 700 museum training offerings are described. They include introductory survey courses, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, internships and apprenticeships, fellowships and assistantships, mid-career workshops and short courses, association programs, and in-service training activities to assist the hopeful, the beginner, and the experienced in their professional careers.

Among the subjects explored are the nature and scope of the museum field, differences between collecting and noncollecting museums, the controversy over whether museum work is a "profession," the historical development of museum studies, the debate over whether museum training programs should be accredited, and the most appropriate training for different purposes.

The primary purposes of the volume are to stimulate thinking about museum careers and training, to describe the variety of training available, and to provide guidance to those considering or pursuing formal or informal training opportunities.

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