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Museums & Museum Studies

Professional Organizations & Career Information

"The Institute's Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills initiative underscores the critical role our nation's museums and libraries play in helping citizens build such 21st century skills as information, communications and technology literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, civic literacy, and global awareness." Click image for the Institute of Museum and LIbrary Services skill definitions.

Professional Organizations

  • AAM: American Alliance of Museums .  "The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community."
    AAM Ethics, Standards, and Best Practices.

  • AAMD: Association of Art Museum Directors. ”The purpose of the Association of Art Museum Directors is to support its members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society.”

  • AHA American Historical Association Standards for Museum Exhibits Dealing with Historical Subjects

  • ICOM: International Council of Museums.  ”ICOM is the international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.”
    ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums.  Adopted in 1986 and revised in 2004.

  • IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services. Washington, D.C.  “… the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.”
    Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills, report includes case studies and a self-assesment tool.

  • MuseWeb. " is a collaborative space for professionals creating culture, science and heritage on-line, hosted by the Museums and the Web team."

Career Information

Digital Scholarship

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in Art and Architectural History
College Art Association & Society of Architectural Historians