Category Archives: Management

Changing the Ph.D. for a Changing Job Market

Some thoughts, kindly published by Oronte Churm at Inside Higher Education. Advertisements

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History museums, learning from history

Can museums use museum history to think about the future? Can their past successes and failures guide them? How might they find possibility and potential in the past when they need to change? I suggest that one way to do this is to look to the long history of museums. Museums have been many things. …

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The Art of the Turnaround, Revisited

When I started as director of the Haffenreffer Museum, two years ago, Michael Gerhardt, a professional interim director who was then interim director of Mt. Hope Farm, suggested I read Michael Kaiser’s Art of the Turnaround. It was good advice. Kaiser gives ten rules for turning around an arts organization. You can find versions of …

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Process and Product

The last six weeks have been winter break at Brown. And it’s been an incredibly busy time at the Haffenreffer Museum. Good? Yes, in terms of product. We’ve accomplished a great deal. Two new exhibits installed, a lot of design completed. It’s easier to get things done when there are no classes to teach and …

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Branding

I’ve always been a bit suspicious of branding. Important for selling things, perhaps, but museums aren’t in the selling business. And university museums are even further removed from the market. We’ve got a sophisticated audience, fairly narrowly defined; we’re not after numbers, but after a quality relationship; and we don’t want to come off as …

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What I want from my collections management system

One of the first problems I identified on becoming director of the museum was its collections management system. It infuriated me. The interfaces were arcane. The data was imprisoned in a proprietary system – one that seemed designed to make reports difficult and information sharing impossible. It was complicated, to the point where most of …

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Planning for 2011-2012

July 1 is the start of the new year at Brown, and so it’s an appropriate time to look ahead. Here are some of the things we’re thinking about for next year: Haffenreffer Museum planning July 2011 – June 2012 Exhibits CultureLab study center New entrance cases: Representing people Roger Williams 375th anniversary (with RIHS) …

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2011 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Haffenreffer

The Friends of the Haffenreffer help the museum by providing advice and financial support. (You should join!) Here’s my presentation from the annual meeting of Jone 30, 2011.

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