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AAM goes virtual in Los Angeles
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Can't make it to Los Angeles for the AAM Annual Meeting this month? You can still connect with museum colleagues from around the world at AAM's first Virtual Conference on May 24-25. Features nine real-time sessions. Produced in conjunction with LearningTimes. Designed for group participation. For more on tips on engaging with the Annual Meeting virtually, read the latest entry in the CFM blog. Also check out CFM's Guide to the Future to plan your own futurist track in Los Angeles.



Museum speaks to us
The Oklahoman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AAM President Ford Bell writes: "The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, which I had the honor to visit for the first time on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the bombing, occupies a singular place in the array of American museums. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the nature of its collection. ... Museums protect for us the artifacts and objects that define America, and in so doing tell us where we've been and, perhaps, provide a glimpse of where we might be headed." More

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Revocation looms for 380,000 nonprofits
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Almost a quarter of the nation's 1.6 million nonprofits could lose their tax-exempt status if they don't file the proper paperwork by May 17. The Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics estimates that of the 1,592,810 nonprofit organizations in the United States, about 24 percent — or 380,985 — have not yet filed the required tax returns. Data are based on the total number of organizations considered active and included on the IRS Business Master File as of April 1, 2010. NCCS has created a searchable database at http://nccs.urban.org/ where organizations can see if they are in compliance or if they need to file. More

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State tourism cuts alter marketing methods
Indianapolis Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Indiana's reliance on social media outlets to promote summer travel packages is increasing as its tourism budget continues to shrink. "Obviously, the challenge is that we're working with a smaller pool of money," tourism spokesman Curt Brantingham said. "So we've really reached into the social media market as a way to communicate with people who are looking for travel deals." Indeed, destinations throughout Indiana no longer can count on traditional state marketing campaigns that includes television and radio spots to help drive summer crowds. More

The talents of a middle-aged brain
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Contrary to what is commonly believed, the middle-aged brain has some surprising capabilities and advantages to a younger brain. The middle-aged brain's ability to process complex ideas, employ inductive reasoning and problem solving suggests an opportunity to communicate and market complex ideas and products to Boomers. This is particularly relevant for those developing and marketing financial products. Too often, there is a tendency to dumb down this information as if consumers can't grasp the complexities. While this might be true for the younger brain, research suggests otherwise for the middle-aged brain. More

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Tell-all generation learns to keep things offline
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The conventional wisdom suggests that everyone under 30 is comfortable revealing every facet of their lives online, from their favorite pizza to most frequent sexual partners. But many members of the tell-all generation are rethinking what it means to live out loud. More

The new demography of American motherhood
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This report examines the changing demographic characteristics of U.S. mothers by comparing women who gave birth in 2008 with those who gave birth in 1990. It is based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Census Bureau. It also presents results of a nationwide Pew Research Center survey that asked a range of questions about parenthood. ♦ Among the findings: new mothers are likely to be older, better educated, and more diverse than American mothers were in 1990. More

Population study finds change in the suburbs
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As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, more black, Asian, Hispanic, foreign-born and poor people live in the suburbs of the nation's largest metropolitan areas than in their primary cities. "Several trends in the 2000s further put to rest the old perceptions of cities as declining, poor, minority places set amid young, white, wealthy suburbs," a report released by the Brookings Institution concluded. More

United we stand ... on technology
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You may take some whacks at Goldman Sachs but don't lay a hand on my PCs or Macs! That at least is the message one might take from a perusal of Americans' judgments about who and what are having positive or negative effects on the way things are going in the country today. More

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An impending national transformation
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Major challenges like climate change and immigration are now complicated, if not fueled, by these marked changes in the size and composition of our nation's population. Our greater metropolitan areas are where the responses that ultimately shape our evolving society must be produced. Working together, cities, suburbs and exurbs must consider issues like transportation and housing, services for the elderly and workforce training for the rising diverse generation that will take jobs that baby boomers are starting to leave. The demographic challenges we face are national; but their impact could be local — and so must be the solutions we develop to confront them. ♦ Based on the latest demographic report from the Brookings Institution. More



Five forces reshaping the global economy
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An ongoing shift in global economic activity from developed to developing economies, accompanied by growth in the number of consumers in emerging markets, are the global developments that executives around the world view as the most important for business and the most positive for their own companies' profits over the next five years. Executives also identify two other critical positive aspects of globalization: technologies that enable a free flow of information worldwide and, increasingly, global labor markets. More

Art — the road to a brighter future, panelists say
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Could art be a catalyst for change? The answer was an overwhelming yes as leaders of the arts community and state Sen. Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit, took part in a lively discussion at Daimler Financial Services Americas Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Mich. "Art can be a catalyst for change," said Reed Kroloff, director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills. "I came from New Orleans and saw art and designers take a city smashed by nature and revitalize it." More
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Libraries challenged to prove their value
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Librarians across the country are taking part in a lively wiki discussion regarding the best strategies for engaging the public, the make-up of future audiences, and how libraries and museums contribute to the public good. In "Changing Roles," the first theme in UpNext's ongoing wiki, some of the most popular topics were the societal value of libraries, ways to engage communities, the provision of information literacy, and the converging role of libraries and museums. Each of those topics spawned multiple discussions. More

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The future of our parks
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Cecily Hines wants to change the way you think about parks. The President of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation is a co-organizer of a series of talks about park design in the 21st century. The talks are part of a broader project to redesign the city's parks system. She says while the Twin Cities may have great parks, they aren't keeping up with the times. Hines points to changing demographics and social issues; our aging and ethnically diverse population, the economy and the environment are all creating new demands and putting new pressures on city life. Hines says effectively designed parks could address all of those issues. ♦ Museums are facing similar challenges posed by demographic transformation. More

The transformation of American youth: From teenager to teenagent
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Would it be an exaggeration to say teenagers are running popular culture? We don't think so. And, if anything, we're willing to up the bet. Take a look at teenagers today — their habits, their purchasing power, their mastery of media — and momentarily suspend your belief in the stereotypes or hollow assumptions about them. What you'll uncover is a group of people who are changing the world of marketing, altering communications, inventing new lexicons and adopting still-embryonic innovations. More

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Pearson Foundation awards $2.2 million to Smithsonian for next-generation learning
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The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced a three-year, $2.2 million grant from the Pearson Foundation to conduct mobile technology workshops for students and teachers. Beginning this summer, teenagers and educators attending workshops at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Postal Museum will be able to collaborate with content experts from the Smithsonian and digital-media experts from the Mobile Learning Institute and the Pearson/Nokia alliance. Among other things, participants will develop ways to use mobile technology in museum settings and will share their findings with local educators and visiting teaching teams from across the United States. More

Bringing history to the people for 125 years
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The Granville Historical Society in Ohio always has been the proud custodian of Granville's records and artifacts, maintaining its archives and publishing a newsletter, The Historical Times. But the perception — and in part the reality — was the society wasn't particularly relevant to the mainstream life of Granville, some society members say. But as it celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, the organization has taken some big steps toward a new vision of its mission: That history is knowledge to be shared, and that its audience is all of Granville, young and old. More

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Tagwhat combines Augmented Reality and social networking
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What do you get when you mix the social features of FourSquare with Augmented Reality systems? TagWhat, a new mobile augmented-reality location-based service that's free for all and allows users to tag places in geophysical space and share them with their friends. "Tagwhat gives us a tool to connect stories and places," said Anne Dodge, Program Director, National Public Housing Museum. More

Building trust between science and society
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Prof. Andrew Maynard writes: "Having recently finished Robert Winston's 'Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventiveness,' I was rather taken by his concluding 'Scientist's Manifesto' — a 14 point guide to help strengthen the relationship between science and society. ... The manifesto is very much a work in progress — Winston refers to it as a 'starting point.' But even in its current form, it challenges scientists to think about their work in a broader context, and to engage more fully with the society that supports them and ultimately stands to be impacted by them — for good or bad." More

10 tips for tracking trends
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Librarian Elisabeth Doucett writes, "As a public library director I spend a great deal of time searching out ways to keep my library relevant in today's fast-changing environment. I've found that one method to do this is to keep myself current about societal trends and to strategize regularly about how my library might ride the wave of those trends to better serve the needs of the library's users. This article explains the process that I go through to do this." More

Legal issues for museums — the hot topics
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As museums and heritage organizations increase online access to collections, they may have to deal with privacy issues such as a family's request to remove an embarrassing Great Depression-era image of an impoverished ancestor. Guidelines on how to handle this situation and others were the focus of the annual U.S. conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration. More


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