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TMG members contribute to the field in many ways, including writing books, articles, and reports that advance the conversation about the place of museums in society. We think these recent publications are worth a look.

Laura Roberts and Barbara Franco,“The Winds of Opportunity”
In American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History, edited by Bob Beatty
In their essay on issues and trends facing history organizations, the authors urge museum professionals to embrace change by exploring new operating models, creating a climate of entrepreneurship, sharing authority with audiences and volunteers, and seeking new partnerships.
Rowman & Littlefield/AASLH
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Darcie Fohrman and Janeen Bryant, “Radical Collaboration—Building to WE in Exhibition Design: Essential Elements for Confronting Social Issues with Community”
In Exhibition, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Fall 2017)
When developing the award-winning ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, the Levine Museum of the New South made a long-term commitment to deep community engagement through radical collaboration. The complex process led to an exhibition that confronted often-contentious social issues while strengthening the museum’s role as a catalyst for understanding.

David Ellis, Robert Mac West, and Dan Martin, “Reactions of Various Institutions to the New Administration in Washington, DC”
In Informal Learning Review, May/June 2017
The authors report on their May 2017 survey of 38 directors from all types of museums across the country to learn their perspectives on issues and challenges emerging in the current political and social environment.

Marsha Semmel, “Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Challenging Assumptions”
In Informal Learning Review, May/June 2017
As demographic trends continue to show a five-generation workforce, two conversations at the 2017 AAM annual meeting (one sponsored by TMG) revealed the need for greater exploration of age-related stereotypes and experiences that would help museums create a more productive, fulfilling multigenerational workplace.

Elaine Heumann Gurian, “Public Spaces for Strangers: The Foundation for Peacebuilding and Implications for Heritage Institutions”
In Heritage and Peacebuilding, edited by Diana Walters, Daniel Laven, and Peter Davis
Boydell Press
The first step in enhancing civic peace in urban settings, Gurian argues, is to intentionally create more areas where strangers can encounter each other safely while going about their personal quests.

Mary Ellen Munley, “A Reflection on Evaluation, Research, and Practice”
Daryl Fischer, “The Evolving Lexicon of Creatives-in-Residence”
In Down the Rabbit Hole: Adventures in Creativity and Collaboration
Denver Art Museum
Insights from a two-year project exploring how collaboration with the local creative community can help an art museum transform visitor experiences, with essays by consultants and evaluators Mary Ellen Munley and Daryl Fischer

Daryl Fischer, Swarupa Anila, and Porchia Moore, “Coming Together to Address Systemic Racism in Museums”
In Curator: The Museum Journal, Volume 60, Issue 1 (January 2017)
Forming alliances among museum practitioners is essential to building commitment across the field to address legacies of exclusion, privilege, and institutionalized racism.

Marsha Semmel, “Museum Leadership, Organizational Readiness, and Institutional Transformation”
In Museum, American Alliance of Museums, March/April 2017
An anthropologist and lawyer makes the transition to museum director, stabilizes and re-invigorates a troubled institution, and then learns how challenging real institutional transformation can be.

Paul Orselli, “Do You Really Need a 3D Printer, and Other Essential Questions You Need to Ask about a Museum’s Makerspaces
In Hand to Hand, Association of Children’s Museums, Summer 2016, Volume 30, Number 2
The most essential qualities of makerspaces including the pros and cons of low tech and high tech devices and the value staff or creative partners add to the visitor experience.

Judy Rand, Less Is More. And More Is Less
In Exhibition, National Association for Museum Exhibition, Spring 2016
When it comes to exhibition text, “less is more.” Visitors have only so much attention to give, so putting more in front of them doesn’t mean they can devote more attention to it.

Beverly Sheppard, Marsha Semmel, and Carol Bossert, Think With Me: David Carr’s Enduring Invitation
In Curator: The Museum Journal, Volume 59, Issue 2 (April 2016)
Honoring the legacy of David Carr (1945–2016), scholar, teacher, librarian, writer, advocate for cultural institutions, and astute observer of museums.

Mary Ellen Munley (lead research advisor), Ellen Hirzy (editor), Room to Rise: The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs in Art Museums
Whitney Museum of American Art
Report on a groundbreaking research and evaluation initiative by four leading art museums that explores the transformational impact of intensive museum programs for teens.

Leslie Bedford, Review, The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums
In Museum Management and Curatorship (2015)
Review of a recent book by Elizabeth Wood and Kiersten F. Latham about enhancing visitor experience by capturing people’s emotional and intellectual connections to objects. DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2015.1082236.

Leslie Bedford, “The Art of Museum Exhibitions”
In Dimensions magazine, Association of Science-Technology Centers
Habits of mind built around story, imagination, and aesthetic experience that inspire museum professionals to create memorable exhibitions. (This article originally appeared in the May/June 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. Reposted with permission from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Incorporated.)

Mary Ellen Munley“Evaluating Public Value: Strategy and Practice”
Marsha L. Semmel, “Museums and Public Value: A U.S. Cultural Agency Example”
In Museums and Public Value: Creating Sustainable Futures, edited and with preface by Carol A. Scott
Ashgate Publishing
Insights for museum leaders on implementing a public value approach in their management, planning, programming, and relationship building, with chapters by TMG members Mary Ellen Munley and Marsha L. Semmel.

Laura B. Roberts
“So You Have a Consent Agenda…Now How Do You Fill a Board Meeting?”
In New England Museums Now,
New England Museum Association
Strategies for engaging board members in substantive issues using a consent agenda for board meetings as the starting point.

Laura B. Roberts and Stacy L. Klingler

Building Better Budgets
Improving Financial Management
American Association for State and Local History Technical Leaflets
For leaders of small and medium-sized museums, practical guides to effective budgeting and long-term strategic financial management.

Leslie Bedford
The Art of Museum Exhibitions
Left Coast Press
A bold new vision for exhibitions—built around narrative, imagination, and aesthetics—that merges the work of the educator with that of the artist.

Daryl Fischer and Mary Ellen Munley
Tapping into Creativity & Becoming Part of Something Bigger
Denver Art Museum
A road map for exploring an art museum’s capacity to foster creativity, based on an extensive study by the Denver Art Museum.

Elaine Heumann Gurian
“Intentional Civility”
In Curator: The Museum Journal
If museums and their staffs want to welcome all peoples, then the rules of civil behavior have to change to reflect that invitation.

Myriam Springuel and
Tania Said Schuler
“Enhancing the Visitor Experience through an Interpretive Plan: David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State”
In Proceedings of the ICOM CECA 2013 Conference
An overview of an interpretive planning process for a university museum that is a resource for both campus and community.

Anne Bergeron and Beth Tuttle
Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement
AAM Press
An analysis of six  museums that embraced a shift in philosophy and set a course of stakeholder, audience, and community engagement.

Daryl Fischer
Best Practices in Cultivating Family Audiences
Crocker Art Museum
Goals for building a museum’s capacity to engage families with young children and build a more vital community.

Daryl Fischer
Kids & Their Grownups: New Insights on Developing Dynamic Museum Experiences for the Whole Family
Denver Art Museum
Reflections, resources, and evaluation techniques to guide the development of successful programming for families with young children.

Daryl Fischer
Pushing Our Practice with Museum Thought Leaders
Crocker Art Museum
Reflections by four museum thought leaders on serving communities, balancing content and audience priorities, and experimentation in project development.

Janet Kamien and
Polly McKenna-Cress

Creating Exhibitions: Collaboration in the Planning, Development, and Design of Innovative Experiences
A comprehensive description of the exhibition design process as a collaborative effort that drives innovation.

Gail Anderson
Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift, 2nd ed.
AltaMira Press
An edited anthology of writings by museum leaders—from the early 20th century to recent decades—that trace the evolution of museum theory and thought.

Elaine Heumann Gurian
Civilizing the Museum: The Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian
Essays written over a 35-year career about the notion that museums should welcome all because they house the collective memory of all.