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MUSE Professional Development Series

Each fall, MUSE welcomes museum professionals from across the country to speak with our students on topics such as building inclusion and combatting climate change in the field. This spring, we've also launched a series of skills-based workshops to help students prepare for the workforce. All workshops are held via Zoom. Please contact Brandy Ernzen (bernzen@ku.edu) for login information unless it's already provided below.

"Collection Management Software: Pros, Cons and Best Practices" Panel
Friday, April 16, 2021
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT

Are you interested in collections management but feel a little out of your depth when it comes to the databases used? Or what good data management even looks like? Don’t miss this discussion! Join Andy Bentley (Specify), Brittany Keegan (PastPerfect) and Sofía Galarza Liu (Museum Plus) to discuss the pros and cons of the systems they use, as well as overall best practices and functionality must-haves for using and entering information into collections databases in general. They’ll be sharing their screens so you can see each database in action. Please bring your questions!

Specify Natural History Collections Database Training
Fridays, April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT

Calling all natural history collections folks! Here’s your chance to dig into the Specify collections management database with the expert – Andy Bentley! Whether you’re starting from scratch or have used Specify a bit, you’re welcome to join us for this 3- to 4-part training. Andy will begin with the basics of the system, then go more in depth into how queries work and what the different dropdown menus for search terms do, integrating Specify with collections loans and more. Bring your questions!

"Demystifying the Publication Process: A Primer on Publishing with Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals"
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6 p.m.-7 p.m. CT
RSVP to Brandy Ernzen (bernzen@ku.edu) by Monday, April 26

Dr. Juilee Decker's back! This workshop will offer you professional guidance as you begin to make the transition from graduate student to emerging professional and author. You'll learn to recognize the importance of publishing and sharing your ideas in the field; identify a personal objective for yourself in publishing; create an ORCID id to establish your scholarly identity; review the Collections journal’s scope and content; practice file naming conventions, assigning keywords, and organizing a file for submission, using a paper that you are completing now (or other document); and observe the process of submitting an article or book review to Collections. Don't forget to bring your questions -- and an example of your work (paper, book review, etc.)!

Dr. Decker is the director of the Museum Studies Program at Rochester Institute of Technology and editor of Collections (SAGE). Learn more about the journal Collections.

Past Events

"The Art of Networking" Panel
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT

Getting into the museum field isn’t just about grades. It takes other skills such as networking. There’s definitely an art to it, and many of us feel awkward trying to meet new people. Our panelists, Ryan Bourke, director of member services for the Alliance of American Museums (AAM); Dr. Matthew Naylor, president and CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial; and Lynnette Werning, founder and president of Blue Water Communications, will share their best networking practices and advice for emerging museum professionals. Bring your questions!

"Job-hunting Best Practices for the Museum Field" Panel
Friday, February 26, 2021
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT

How many times have you stared blankly at your computer screen, waiting for the right words to flow for your cover letter? What really belongs in your resume? Do you really have to personalize your application materials for every job? You've landed the big interview ... Now what? We get it. Job-hunting, especially for new graduates, is daunting. Join our expert panelists LaNesha DeBardelaben, president and CEO of the Northwest African American Museum; Christian Kameni, program specialist for the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Fellowships and Internships; and Adrienne Lalli Hills, associate director of Studio School at Oklahoma Contemporary, as they share tips, tricks and best practices for helping you to get noticed (in a good way!) by museum hiring professionals. Bring your questions!

Adobe Illustrator Basics Training
Friday, March 26, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT
Register and log in at https://kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcld-uvrzovGdA8_7pG6PMoRENPQLXy8ff8
KU IT will help you get to know this design software. If you don’t own Illustrator, you can still take this training! Simply log in to virtualdesktop.ku.edu to access the Adobe Creative Suite from home. (You may need to download this prior to the training, so allow yourself time to do so.) Or, if you’ll be on campus, you can use one of our office's four socially distanced student workstations. Last but not least, if you like what you see and want a deeper dive – or you can’t make this special MUSE session – check out the other training dates IT offers.

"Breaking into Publishing in the Museum Field" Panel
Friday, April 9, 2021
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT

Want to start publishing in the field but not sure where to start? What’s worthy of publishing? What are submission guidelines – and do you really have to follow them? What’s a peer-reviewed journal? How far in advance do you need to submit a manuscript? Are other publishing opportunities such as blogs or newsletter articles still considered "publishing"? Join museum journal editors Mariel Campbell (editor of SPNHC publications), Dr. Juilee Decker (editor of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals) and Prof. Cynthia Robinson (editor of the Journal of Museum Education) for best practices, tips and tricks for getting published in the field. Bring your questions! Graduate certificate student Nikki Dean will moderate.

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