There are many sources out there for museum content, collections, and theory, but we offer a resource for the museum worker. We are given advice for how to get a museum job, but there’s not as much out there for how to be great at your museum job once you get it. That’s where we come in.
This blog serves two purposes – one is to offer a safe space to voice thought and opinions. Thus, we offer a little of the content and theory stuff. It’s a way for all of us solve the world’s museum problems one cup of coffee at a time. The other purpose is to provide a resource for all of those things that we wish we knew when we started out in our careers. Of course, we are still growing up as professionals, and probably always will be, but we can make it through professional adolescence together.
Why do I do this?
I write this blog as a tribute to all museums and the people inside them, both staff and visitors. I believe that museums are the best places to learn. Museums have the potential to inspire people and make them think in completely new ways.
My Professional Life
I have a background in history with an MA in Museum Studies. My work experience encompasses development, communications, collections, research, evaluation, visitor services, and special events. My resume is a little all over the place and I am proud of that. Because of those experiences, I am able to see the big picture of a museum. I became a museum professional because I wanted to make information accessible to everyone. Museums have always inspired me and that is something that I want to be part of.
My Personal Life
I married a classmate from an undergrad history class. We are both museum nerds, so it’s a match made in history. We also have an amazing Jack Russell Terrier, named Mia, or Princess Mia Therpupolis. She has her own Instagram and loves visiting historic sites.
Growing up, I was a museum and library nerd in denial. I read so much my mother had to force me to play outside, and I was once left behind by my third grade class on a trip to the museum but didn’t even know it because I was reading the wall text (ignorance can be bliss). Yet I would tell anyone who suggested that I become a librarian or work in a museum that those jobs would be boring (or, if I was honest, I didn’t want to be the stereotypical librarian who says “Shhhh!”). However, now that I am all “grown up,” I find myself eagerly joining the ranks of emerging museum and library professionals because my friends and family saw what I didn’t at the time: someone whose love for learning thrived in these special environments. Strange how life comes in a full ironic circle.
I am blessed to say that I am able to work in both libraries and museums because ultimately I am happiest where libraries and museums play in the same sandbox. Professionally I am trying to connect my love of libraries, museums and archives together. Which may be why I also tend to research topics that involve relationship building between professionals and also between professionals and communities. I believe in balancing authority between groups of experts (both in the field and abroad in the community), in creative collaboration, and in conversations that build knowledge as well as relationships. On the side you can also get me interested in Victorian Book Illustration, book art, and coffee shops.
In the spirit of collaboration I am happy to say Becky Daniel has invited me along for the ride with TheMuseumGirl Blogs. I hope to be contributing to the themes 5 Things Museum Professionals Can Learn From, #museumgirlproblems, and Museum Excursions as well as adding some Museums to the Bucket List.
The thought was that I would also throw in about my adventures in professional organizations and conferences both in the U.S. and abroad. Perhaps you also might hear a little from me about #BalancedAuthority in museums but, as Becky already stated this blog is not a soapbox and I would add, it’s a sandbox.
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