Wise Strategic Advising
Karen Wise


An Annotated list of Resources for leaders

of museums and related organizations


under construction - sEPT 2018

How do you keep yourself and your team inspired?  How do you keep up with trends, issues, standard practices and ground-breaking projects?  Where do you send your staff for training and professional development.   I've worked with several different frameworks, systems and vocabularies, and I am constantly scanning the field for ideas, people, and projects to inform the work that I do, and to help my clients find information, ideas or resources they might need.  This page is meant to provide a portal to useful resources. It is aimed primarily at U.S. audiences, but some of the most interesting sources and thinking originates outside the U.S. 

professional organizations

Museum people almost universally say that face to face interactions, conferences, workshops and specialized cohort based groups are their most important and gratifying sources of inspiration, renewal and information.  Professional networks are very important to museum people.  Choosing which organizations to join, become involved in at the institutional level as well as the personal level is an important decision which should be made based on the needs of the organization, its' leadership and staff.   The range of offerings of the professional organizations is itself overwhelming. 


Larger National Organizations

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) https://www.aam-us.org/

AAM is the largest and most visible national association of museums and museum professionals, and it is THE accrediting body of Museums in the United States.   AAM has three tiers of institutional membership, as well as individual membership.  It's many professional networks are important professional "homes" to many museum staff, who only have to pay for their affiliation with the networks.  The AAM website provides access to a wealth of free resources for members, including all kinds of information needed to develop core documents for new or formalizing museums, resources on grant opportunities, links to the many professional networks and resources.  Anyone new to the museum field or to museum leadership should explore the website and use the documents there as a resource for learning about museums, what they do, how they are run and  governed.

AAM's most significant resources include

  1. the annual meeting http://annualmeeting.aam-us.org/
  2. Job HQ, one of several national (and to some extent international) sites where museum jobs are advertised https://aam-us-jobs.careerwebsite.com/
  3. AAM's two main electronic newsletters https://www.aam-us.org/programs/about-aam/e-newsletters/ are widely received.  AAM has various social media accounts as well. 
    1. AVISO (e-mailed to members weekly)
    2. DISPATCHES FROM THE FUTURE OF MUSEUMS (emailed weekly, by free subscription)

Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)


Association of Children's Museums (ACM)

American Association of State and Local History (AASLH)