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  • Take the Guesswork Out of Evaluations: How to Measure What Really Matters (StEPs Lab 9)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/08/2017

    In this webinar, guest speaker Conny Graft explains the three types of evaluation, common methods for each type (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.), and the pros and cons of each method.

    Evaluating what your organization offers its audiences is no longer a best practice reserved only for well-funded institutions. History organizations of all sizes, even those operating on a shoestring budget, can and should evaluate their programs. How else will you know whether you are meeting visitors’ expectations? In this webinar, guest speaker Conny Graft explains the three types of evaluation, common methods for each type (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.), and the pros and cons of each method.

  • Technical Leaflet 173: Historical Archaeology as a Tool for Researching and Interpreting Historic Sites

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    Historical Archaeology as a Tool for Researching and Interpreting Historic Sites is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #173 by Lu Ann De Cunzo tackles the value of historical archaeology as a tool for historic interpretation.

    Historical Archaeology as a Tool for Researching and Interpreting Historic Sites is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #173 by Lu Ann De Cunzo tackles the value of historical archaeology as a tool for historic interpretation. Historical archaeology consists of two principle activities, a technique and a tool for interpretation. Lu Ann De Cunzo explains the value of historical archaeology as a tool for historic interpretation with examples of interpretative themes that contextualize findings from historic sites. Also included is an outline for developing and implementing an archaeological management plan.

  • Technical Leaflet 175: A Systemized Approach to Exhibit Production Management

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    A Systemized Approach to Exhibit Production Management is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #175 by Kevin Britz tackles the progression of exhibit development and the management of exhibit teams.

    A Systemized Approach to Exhibit Production Management is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #175 by Kevin Britz tackles the progression of exhibit development and the management of exhibit teams. The "Team Approach" is a presented as a new idea to the museum field compared to the individual projects most museum professionals were used to traditionally. Britz presents two ideal management techniques borrowed from the business world for exhibit planning and implementation, the Milestone Review Technique and the Project Evaluation and Review Technique/Critical Path Method. Implementation phases of project management conclude the leaflet. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 6, Exhibit Planning.

  • Technical Leaflet 176: Documentation Practices in Historical Collections

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    Documentation Practices in Historical Collections is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #176 by Patricia Gordon Michael tackles AASLH's Common Agenda Program that commissioned a survey of history museums to assess the state of documentation of collections in historical institutions throughout the United States.

    Documentation Practices in Historical Collections is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #176 by Patricia Gordon Michael tackles AASLH's Common Agenda Program that commissioned, in the spring of 1990, a survey of history museums to assess the state of documentation of collections in historical institutions throughout the United States. The report contains results from nearly 900 history museums and historic houses and shows numerous gaps in the documentation of objects. Charts and graphs provide visuals for the level of documentation activities, staff time and funding allocated to documentation, and the nature of the institutions. The report's narrative explains the visuals while anecdotes from museum professionals provide perspectives for the gaps in documentation practices. The results show that historical collections are inadequately documented and explain the reasons for this lack of documentation. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 10, Collections Management.

  • Technical Leaflet 179: Archival Materials in the History Museum

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    Archival Materials in the History Museum is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #179 by Paul Eisloeffel and Lisa Gavin provides guidance for historical societies owning archival collections.

    Archival Materials in the History Museum is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #179 by Paul Eisloeffel and Lisa Gavin provides guidance for historical societies owning archival collections. They begin by explaining what can be considered archival and the unique way these should be organized compared to objects. Tips for accessioning an archival collection show museum professionals how to incorporate historical documents into their current cataloging system and the difference in numbering these pieces of the collection. A sample catalog worksheet provides a useful model for cataloging archival materials. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 1, Archive Basics.

  • Technical Leaflet 180: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

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    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #180 by Mary Miley Theobald and Henry T. Tucker, Jr. explains how the ADA affected museum's hiring practices and the design of museum buildings.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #180 by Mary Miley Theobald and Henry T. Tucker, Jr. explains how the ADA affected museum's hiring practices and the design of museum buildings. Guidelines establish what questions are no longer appropriate to ask on employment applications, health insurance coverage, and the expectations for employees to ask for reasonable accommodations. This leaflet also discusses the standards new museum buildings should follow and the alterations museums should make to their facilities for ADA compliance. Particular attention is focused on what alterations are expected in historic structures and what is permissible due to grandfather clauses.

  • Technical Leaflet 181: Wood Floor Management

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    Wood Floor Management is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #181 by Michael W. Purser tackles a primer on how to create a management plan for caring for this commonly used material.

    Wood Floor Management is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #181 by Michael W. Purser tackles a primer on how to create a management plan for caring for this commonly used material. He provides step-by-step guidelines for planning, including inventorying all areas, identifying the problems with the floor, determining the project objective, stabilizing the interior environment, and evaluating the economics of options. Also included is an overview of the potential courses of actions. Each course of action is defined and described with a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 17, Historic House Care and Presentation.

  • Technical Leaflet 182: The Time Capsule: Repository of the Past or Romantic Notion?

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    The Time Capsule: Repository of the Past or Romantic Notion? is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #182 by Helen Fraser tackles the dangers of storing historic objects in containers underground and advises what containers and methods are best for protecting objects in time capsules.

    The Time Capsule: Repository of the Past or Romantic Notion? is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #182 by Helen Fraser tackles the dangers of storing historic objects in containers underground and advises what containers and methods are best for protecting objects in time capsules. She also overviews how to select items to place in the capsule. Fraser's leaflet explains the many cons of creating a time capsule and provides cautionary tales for continuing with the process but also attempts to provide practical solutions for meeting a community's needs.

  • Technical Leaflet 183: Disaster Planning for Cultural Institutions

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    Disaster Planning for Cultural Institutions is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #183 by Beth C. Lindblom and Karen Motylewski provides a guide of how to create a disaster plan with helpful insights as to who should write it and its format.

    Disaster Planning for Cultural Institutions is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #183 by Beth C. Lindblom and Karen Motylewski provides a guide of how to create a disaster plan with helpful insights as to who should write it and its format. Disaster planning can help institutions sustain minimal damage in the wake of natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, fire, and other unfortunate crises. Lindblom and Motylewski overview steps for emergency preparation including how to identify risks, take measures to decrease those risks, write a plan that is integrated into the institution's daily operations, and collect the resources necessary to carry out the plan. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 4, Risk Management, and Technical Leaflet Bundle 21, May Day: Planning for Disaster.

  • Technical Leaflet 184: Student Projects and Internships in a Museum Setting

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    Student Projects and Internships in a Museum Setting is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #184 by Mary Ellen Conaway outlines the planning necessary on both the part of the museum and the student.

     Student Projects and Internships in a Museum Setting is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #184 by Mary Ellen Conaway outlines the planning necessary on both the part of the museum and the student. Working with students to create meaningful projects and internships that meet the museum's needs requires proper planning and commitment of staff. Mary Ellen Conaway explains the hiring or acceptance process for interns, proper management practices, and tips for developing an internship program within a museum or historical institution. Also included are sample internship agreement forms and list of potential student projects and internships. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 11, Not Just Warm Bodies.