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The lending library program of the State Museum is back, thanks in part to a General Operating Support grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Note: books are available for loan to museums in Alaska only. Following is a list of books, many of them recent, that are currently available. Additional titles will be added in the future.

Books are available for one month, with the possibility of a one-month extension if the book has not been reserved. There is no charge except the borrower pays return shipping. To borrow books, contact Addison Field at 1.888.913.6873. For a list of other books and media available, visit our website.

*To browse book titles click on category below.

Museum Administration

A Higher Standard: Museum Accreditation Program Standards. Vol. 2.American Association of Museums, 2005.

This booklet presents the standards used in the AAM Museum Accreditation Program including core questions, Characteristics of an Accreditable Museum, the Accreditation Commission’s Expectations, and required documents. This booklet is a good educational tool that can help staff members and governing authority stay informed about current standards and best practices.

Accreditation Resource Kit. American Association of Museums, 2005.

Will answer basic questions about the Accreditation Program; outline the entire accreditation process, articulate the benefits of accreditation, provide the history and core concepts of the program; acquaint you with the program’s standards and requirements in all areas of museum operation. A tool to help assess how well a museum meets accreditation standards. Will help establish institutional goals and plan institutional development.

Beyond Strategic Planning. Eadie, Douglas C. National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 1993.

This booklet focuses on the practical steps boards can take to play a meaningful role in the strategic planning process. This work also helps identify key strategic issues and implement a plan to ensure that each issue is fully developed and addressed.

The Big Book of Museum Grant Money. Taft Group for the American Association of Museums, 1995.

Provides detailed descriptive profiles of 3,326 philanthropic programs in the United States. This allows fund raisers and others to have quick and convenient access to data on the major U.S. funding organizations supporting museums and related nonprofits.

Code of Ethics for Museums. American Association of Museums, 2000.

AAM Bestseller! Adopted in November 1993 and revised in 1999 by AAM's Board of Directors, this code provides a framework for developing an institution's own code of ethics and reflects the current, generally understood standards of the museum field. Issues covered include governance, collections, programs, and promulgation.

Codes of Ethics and Practice of Interest to Museums: Resource Report. American Association of Museums, 2000.

All the museum-related professional codes of ethics have been assembled in one handy reference volume! With codes from all the AAM Standing Professional Committees and standards and policy statements from such organizations as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and National Society of Fundraising Executives, this is a complete guide to ethics related to all aspects of museum operations.

Covering Your Assets, Facilities and Risk Management in Museums. Merritt, Elizabeth. American Association of Museum, 2005.

This book offers the latest data on how professionals around the country operate their facilities, manage space and risk, and prepare for emergencies. Features extensive data broken out by museum discipline, governance type, and parent organization.

Foundations of Governance for Museums in Non-Museum Parent Organizations. Adams, Roxana.

Contains over 65 organizing and governing documents, organizational charts for museum governance, and management agreements for university, government and other museums, plus helpful descriptions of the features of each document.

The Fundraising Planner, a Working Model for Raising the Dollars You Need. Schaff, Doug and Terry Schaff. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.

A step-by-step guide designed to help you and your organization construct an operational fundraising plan that is appropriate to your specific funding and ensures that all activities fit together as a whole and support each and every program.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, 2nd Edition. Fiher, Roger, Bruce Patton, and William Ury. Penguin Books, 1991.

“Getting to Yes” offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict. This book is based on the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project, a group that deals continually with all levels of negotiation and conflict resolution from domestic to business to international. “Getting to Yes” shows you how to separate the people from the problem, focus on interests, work together to create options that satisfy both parties, and negotiate successfully.

The “How To” Grants Manual, Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants. Bauer, David G. American Council on Education and the Oryx Press, 1995.

This manual clearly addresses the methods, new techniques, and procedures that will create a proactive grantseeking effort. It also includes a special list of the best grants sources for beginning the process.

Introduction to Museum Evaluation. Borun, Minda and Randi Korn. American Association of Museums, 1999.

This collection of articles explains how visitor studies can influence and improve museum exhibits, program planning, and services. The articles are supplemented with practical case studies that demonstrate the benefits of evaluation in museums, and lists of reading materials, organizations and resources.

Legal Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations. Lane, Marc J. AMACOM, 1980.

A non-technical guide for the layperson taking a problem-solving approach and sufficiently comprehensive to be a reliable source book.

A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, 2nd Edition. Malaro, Marie C. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

Malaro focuses on collection-related problems and legal entanglement issues, reviews relevant cases and court decisions, and gives advice on when a museum should seek legal counsel. Completely revised, expanded and updated.

The Manual of Museum Management. Lord, Barry and Gail Dexter Lord. London: The Stationary Office, 1997.

Three main categories discuss the "why,' "who," and "how" of museum management. New approaches to preventive care of artifacts and new technologies for documenting collections are discussed. Also included are an extensive range of case studies covering a wide variety of topics.

Museum Accounting Guidelines. Danilov, Victor J. Association of Science-Technology Centers, 1976.

This guide has been published to assist not-for-profit museums in their accounting policies and in preparing financial statements.

Museum Accounting Handbook. Daughtrey, William H and Malvern, J Gross. American Association of Museums, 1978.

This is intended to enable comparatively untrained persons to understand, to choose and to use the appropriate type of record keeping for their own situation. It should also be a valuable reference for staff members who have highly trained professionals on their staff.

Museum Basics. Ambrose, Timothy and Crispin Paine. ICOM/Routledge, 1993.

A guide to "best practice" in every aspect of museum work. Museum organization, exhibition design, collections management, conservation, marketing, audience, management, facilities, and security are discussed.

Museums Count. American Association of Museums, 1994.

This report is a study of American museums ranging from major visual arts institutions to historic sites to zoos. It contains information that is important to everyone involved in the museum field.

The Museum Forms Book, 3rd Edition. Texas Association of Museums, 1999.

The Museum Forms Book, Revised Edition. Edited by Perry, Kenneth D. Texas Association of Museums, 1990.

Assembled from museums across the country, more than 300 forms have been compiled covering all areas of museum activities. Selected for their clarity and usefulness, these actual forms are meant to be adapted, adopted, and improved for your institution's particular needs.

A Museum Guide to Copyright and Trademark. Miller, Brett I, Michael Shapiro, and Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP. American Association of Museums, 1999.

Designed to give museum professionals a clearer understanding of the complex intellectual property issues embedded in every aspect of museum practice.

Museum Strategy and Marketing. Kotler, Neil and Philip Kotler. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998.

This comprehensive guide to strategic planning and marketing for museums provides 
a framework for building revenue, audiences, and resources while maintaining and advancing mission, rather than seeing marketing as antithetical to mission.

Museum Wise: Workplace Words Defined. Cato, Paisley S., Julia Golden, and Suzanne B. McLaren. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 2003.

A standardized and comprehensive dictionary to museum terminology.

Organizing Your Museum: the Essentials. Nichols, Susan K. American Association of Museums, 1989.

Practical information and advice that trustees, volunteers, or staff need to know about starting a museum and successfully managing every stage of its development.

Practical Evaluation Guide. Diamond, Judy. AltaMira Press, 1999.

Visitor evaluations provide clues to the effectiveness of exhibits and programs and provide insights into how people learn in informal educational settings. This title presents the basic principles and techniques needed to design, implement, and present an evaluation project.

Secrets of Institutional Planning. Garvin, Victoria and Elizabeth Merritt. American Association of Museums, 2007.

This book describes how to create a fully integrated, institutional plan; involve all relevant stakeholders and interests- board, staff, community- in the planning process; and ensure that one can allocate sufficient resources at strategic times.

Starting Right: A Basic Guide to Museum Planning. George, Gerald and Cindy Sherrell-Leo. AltaMira Press, 1995.

Covers a gamut of concerns associated with launching a new museum. Subjects include choosing a building, collections care, registration, exhibits, conservation, staffing, financial management, fund raising, and more.

Strategic Planning Workbook. Barry, Bryan W. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 1997.

This workbook provides a guide for developing, implementing, and updating a strategic plan. Sample plan and blank worksheets are included.

Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. Ingram, Richard T. National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 1996.

This booklet describes the fundamental responsibilities of boards, focusing primarily on the whole board as an entity. Also included is a helpful list of responsibilities of individual board members.

Welcome to the Board, Your Guide to Effective Participation. Howe, Fisher. Jose-Bass, 1995.

Provides expert guidance and basic information about board membership. Answers the most common questions and concerns of prospective board members in easy-to-understand, jargon-free language and outlines key areas of responsibilities and details the rights, obligations and liabilities of nonprofit board members.

Connecting to Collections Conservation bookshelf

The Bookshelf User’s Guide. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Summarizes the resources that make up the Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.

The Care of Prints and Drawings. Ellis, Margaret Holben. AltaMira Press, 1995.

This is a compilation of Margaret Ellis’ carefully tested, proven, and recorded conservation work notes. Her clear and straightforward prose includes step-by-step instructions for many procedures.

Caring for American Indian Objects: A Practical and Cultural Guide. Edited by Ogden, Sherelyn. Minnesota Historical Society, 2004.

Twenty one contributors discuss general aspects of museum care, explain techniques for particular materials, and address important cultural considerations. This book supplies both the overview and the specific detail needed to provide the best possible care. Over 100 photographs illustrate curatorial techniques and materials and illustrate how many of the items were used by American Indians.

Caring for Your Family Treasures. Long, Jane S. and Richard W. Long. Heritage Preservation, 2000.

Practical advice and easy-to-use guidelines on how to properly care for heirlooms without diminishing their value. The authors discuss care and maintenance of objects for daily use as well as preservation of more fragile objects. Includes full-color illustrations.

Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. Heritage Preservation, 2005.

This wheel provides step-by-step instructions on what to do in the case of water damage.  Includes Emergency Response Action Steps and salvage tips to help safeguard damaged collections.

Field Guide to Emergency Response. National Institute for Conservation.

This handbook explains initial steps to take after an emergency, essential response functions, and conditions likely to be encountered. Instructional DVD included.

Framework for Preservation of Museum Collections. Canadian Conservation Institute. Poster.

Outlines various methods that can be used to avoid or control potential deterioration to museum objects. English and French.

The International Review of African American Art: Collecting, Conservation, and Collaboration. Vol. 21 Num. 4. Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2007.

Some of the articles in the issue focus on the history of collecting in the African American community. Other articles provide technical advice on collections care. A recurring theme is that there is strength in numbers and collaborative efforts often multiply results. Several successful collaborations are described as models which may be replicated at other locations.

A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, 2nd Edition. Malaro, Marie C. Smithsonian Books, 1998.

The second edition addresses legal issues facing museums. Topics include acquisitions, de-accessioning, loans, gifts, tax considerations concerning gifts, appraisals and authentication, care of collections, insurance, and public access to collections.

Manual of Housekeeping: The Care of Collections in Historic Houses Open to the Public. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.

The National Trust gives detailed practical guidance on the care and maintenance of fragile interiors and the decorative fixtures, fittings, and objects. This book particularly highlights the ways in which preventative conservation measures can help reduce the need for expensive repair at a later date.

IPL Media Storage Quick Reference. Adelstein, Peter Z. Image Permanence Institute, 2004.

Pamphlet designed to explain the role of storage conditions – that is, temperature, relative humidity, and air quality – in the physical survival of photographs, films, audio and video tapes, CDs, and DVDs.

Museum Handbook, Part I: Museum Collections. Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2008.

The Nature of Conservation, a Race Against Time. Ward, Philip. The Getty Conservation Institute, 1989.

An introduction to the field of conservation written for a general audience. However, be aware that the approach to conservation has changed in many respects in the twenty years since it was first published.

Photographs: Archival Care and Management. Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn and Diane Vogt-O’Connor. Society of American Archivalists, 2006.

This book is a primer in archival practice and visual literacy. It summarizes complex issues surrounding photographic identification, appraisal, acquisition, digitization, marketing, and offers sensible strategies for long-term care and storage.

Preservation Management for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Edited by Gorman, G. E. and Sydney J. Shep. Facet Publishing, 2006.

This forward-looking collection charts the diversity of preservation management in the contemporary information landscape, and offers guidance on preservation methods for the sustainability of collections from a range of international experts.

Promoting Preservation Awareness in Libraries. Edited by Drewes, Jeanne M. and Julie A. Page. Greenwood Press, 1997.

Going on the assumption that much damage is caused by unknowing misuse, this professional reference gives library staff from academic, school, public, and special libraries a solid approach for designing, implementing, and evaluating formal and informal preservation education programs.

Career Options

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Museums. American Association of Museums, 1998.

This book was written to help museum staff identify needs and solutions and to make adequate and appropriate changes so that the museum experience is integrated, rich, dignified, and satisfying for all people.

Building Type Basics for Museums. Rosenblatt, Arthur. John Wiley and Sons, 2001.

Filled with project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details, this book provides the essential information needed to initiate designs for museums of all kinds.

Civilizing the Museum. Heumann Gurian, Elaine. Routledge, 2006.

Explores possibilities for making museums more central and relevant to society. Contains twenty-two essays organized around five themes: museum definitions, civic responsibility and social service, architectural spaces, exhibitions, and spirituality and rationality.

Cultural Tourism. McCarthy, Bridget Beattie. 1992.

This book outlines how docents, museum curators, arts administrators, and tourism marketers and advertisers can work closely together to achieve success.

Daedalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Vol. 128.3. Summer 1999.

“America’s Museums” is a study principally of museums in the United States. This issue raises questions about why and how American museums have been transformed, particularly in the last half century.

Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Karp, Ivan and Steven D. Lavine. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Based on a landmark conference sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the
Rockefeller Foundation, this book comprises twenty-seven essays by museum directors and curators, art historians, anthropologists, folklorists, and historians to examine how diverse settings have appealed to audiences and represented the intentions and cultures of the makers of objects.

Getting Started, How to Succeed in Heritage Tourism. National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1999.

Time-tested guidelines for heritage tourism development with updated statistics and a current resource directory.

Governor’s Conference on Cultural Tourism. Knowles, Tony. January 1998.

This is a general interest article with action plans from regional cultural tourism forums, example programs, marketing Alaska, and cultural heritage articles from the two-day conference.

Guide to Museum Studies and Training in the United States. Adams, Roxana. American Association of Museums, 1997.

The goal of this updated version of the guide is to provide prospective students, professionals, and others seeking training information with a logical, easy-to-use directory of advancement opportunities.

The Museum, a Reference Guide. Kemp, Louis Ward and Michael Steven Shapiro. Greenwood Press, 1990.

An introduction to general readers, museum studies students, and beginning professionals to the history and functions of museums. Each chapter consists of an introductory historic narrative, a survey of sources, and a bibliographic checklist containing cited and additional sources.

The Museum in Transition, a Philosophical Perspective. Hein, Hilde S. Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000.

Setting the transition from object-centered to story-centered exhibitions in a philosophical framework, Hein contends that glorifying the museum experience at the expense of objects deflects the museum’s educative, ethical, and aesthetic roles.

Museum Job Descriptions and Organizational Charts. Lister, Mary. Professional Practice Series, 1999.

A Booklet that seeks to capture and organize often-requested information that will embrace the evolving nature of museums and its practices.

Museum Practice. Museums Association.

  • Issue 15, 2000
    • Guidelines on pollution control in museum buildings.
  • Issue 14 (Volume 5, Number 2) 2000
    • Update: Lighting
  • Issue 13 (Volume 5, Number 1) 2000
    • Update: Interpretation
  • Issue 12 (Volume 4, Number 3) 1999
    • Update: Environment: the route to sustainability
  • Issue 11 (Volume 4, Number 2) 1999
    • Update: Outreach as agent for social inclusion
  • Issue 10 (Volume 4, Number 1) 1999
    • Update: Storage: making reserve collections accessible
  • Issue 9 (Volume 3, Number 3) 1998
    • Audio-visual and multimedia.
  • Issue 7 (Volume 3, Number 1) 1998
    • Visitor services.
  • Issue 3 (Volume 1) 1996
    • Outreach by museums and galleries.
  • Issue 2 (Volume 1) 1996
    • Displays of objects in museums and galleries.

Riches, Rivals and radicals, 100 years of Museums in America. Great Museums Television, 2006. DVD


  • Preview
  • Host Susan Stamberg
  • The story of our stuff
  • The exhibitionists
  • Buy American
  • The evidence
  • The “ah ha” moments
  • American mosaic
  • Joys of the job
  • Building knowledge

Riches, Rivals and Radicals, 100 Years of Museums in America. Schwarzer, Marjorie. American Association of Museums, 2006.

An insider perspective on people and museums. It analyzes the growth and debates of American Museums, including elitism vs. populism and connoisseurship vs. community engagement.

Salary and Benefits Survey. Museum Association of New York, 2004-2005.

This biennial publication examines compensation and benefits from 123 New York State museums and historical organizations.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History, Art, and Science. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999-2000.

This book is published to provide information about the Smithsonian Institution’s fellowships, internships, and research resources. The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its research staff, collections, and reference materials by visiting scholars, scientists, and students.

Standards and Guidelines for Museum Internships. Dubberly, Sara. The New England Museum Association, 2000.

The goal of this handbook is to help museums introduce or upgrade internships and thereby improve the recruitment and training of new professionals for the field.


The AAM Guide to Collections Planning. Gardner, James B. and Elizabeth E. Merritt. American Association of Museums, 2004.

This book can help museums create a collections plan, the first step to gaining intellectual control over the collections and ensuring attainment of appropriate staff and resources for collections care.

Care and Handling for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs- A Guide for Librarians and Archivists. Bryers, Fred R. National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2003.

The intent of this document is to provide advice that will enhance the lifetime, preservation, and usefulness of CD and DVD media for both frequent accessible and archival storage environments.

The Care of Antiques and Historical Collections. Macleish, A. Bruce. Alta Mira Press, 1995.

The purpose of this book is to provide a reliable basis for caring for an assortment of historically significant materials, such as may be found in a small museum or a private collection.

Care of Collections. Knell, Simon. Routledge Press, 1994.

Examines collections management and care, specifically preventative conservation. Focusing on specific, practical guidelines for collections care, climate control, indoor air pollution and handling works of art, this text is essential for all curators, conservators, and students of museum studies and collections management.

Caring For Collections. Bandes, Susan J. American Association of Museums, 1984.

AAM Bestseller! Developed by the AAM with the support of the NEH, this pamphlet explores the most important responsibility of all museums-collections care. More than 65 curators, registrars, and conservators discuss how to improve environmental collections in museums, manage inventory, register objects, and enhance public awareness of museum collections.

Caring For Your Art. Snyder, Jill. Allworth Press, 1996.

This guide for artists, collectors, galleries and art institutions is a well-presented, easy to understand publication that introduces basic art handling in lay terms. Starting with a synopsis of the environment of art and its potential hazards, the book details subjects including storage, framing, documentation, and shipping. Includes a discussion on insurance and security.

Caring for Your Family Treasures. Long, Jane S and Richard W. Long. Heritage Preservation, 2005.

Discusses care and maintenance of objects for daily use as well as preservation of more fragile objects. Contains 160 illustrations (150 in full color) and special information boxes and checklists for each category of treasure. Also includes tips on locating genealogical information, archival supplies and other resources, a handy reference.

Cataloging from Scratch: A Manual for Cataloging Undocumented Collections in Small Museums. Stuckert, Caroline M. MAAC Associates Inc., 1991.

This book discusses how to develop records for objects for which there is no indication of ownership, status or date of entry. Perfect for new or existing small museums or historical societies that have never documented their objects or have inherited artifacts or objects without any accompanying paperwork.

Field Guide to Emergency Response. Heritage Preservation, 2006.

This guide can help anyone respond to emergencies large and small with the best professional step-by-step advice on what to do immediately after a disaster.

The Film Preservation Guide. National Film Preservation Foundation, 2004.

This guide is designed to introduce film preservation to the community of research organizations that now have collections of motion picture film. It is a basic primer for film preservation “beginners”- professionals trained in archival studies, librarianship, museum work, or a subject field but unschooled in this technical specialty.

The Manual of Museum Planning, 2nd Edition. Edited by Lord, Barry and Gail Dexter Lord. AltaMira Press/The Stationery Office, 2000.

The second edition of this definitive text explores issues of planning, design, construction, renovation, and expansion for museums and galleries. The original chapters have been updated for the new millennium; sections have been added on visitors with special needs, fund-raising feasibility studies, and institutional planning. Contains charts, checklists, a glossary, and a bibliography.

Museum Archives: An Introduction. Diess, William A.Society of American Archivists, 1984.

This book is intended to encourage museums to preserve their historically valuable records and offers guidelines on how to establish a museum archive. Among the topics covered are why museums should have archives, planning museum archives, and basic archival procedures. A brief bibliography and some sample forms are included.

Mount-making for Museum objects. Barclay, Robert, Andre Bergeron, and Carole Dignard. Canadian Conservation Institute, 1998.

Addresses the use and construction of display supports.

The New Museum Registration Methods. Buck, Rebecca A and Jean Allman Gilmore. American Association of Museums, 1998.

Reflects the increased complexity of museums and of the registrar’s role, not only in the integration of computerization and conservations concerns into the text, but with the addition of articles about risk management, administration, and legal and ethical issues.

Playback, a Preservation Primer for Video. Bay Area Video Coalition, 1998.

The object of this publication is to begin to address the complex issues relating to videotape preservation.

Principles for the Care and Handling of Library Material. Adcock, Edward. International Preservation Issues, 1998.

This document is a general introduction to the care and handling of library material for individuals and institutions with little or no preservation knowledge.

Registration Methods for the Small Museum, 3rd Edition. Reibel, Daniel B. Alta Mira Press, 1997.

The definitive guide to registration methodology, the new 3rd edition covers topics such as the new accessibility of computers and the ways in which small museums can actively employ this technology with new registration software.

Registration Methods for Small History Museums, 2nd Edition. Reibel, Daniel B. DBR Publications, 1991.

The definitive guide to registration methodology for smaller institutions and beginning or part-time registrars.

Safeguarding Your Collection in Travel. Keck, Caroline K. The American Association for State and Local History, 1970.

A how-to guide through the entire process of analyzing and then building containers to keep collections safe while traveling. Complete with illustrative photographs.

Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies. Simmons, John E. American Association of Museums, 2006.

The foundation stone for good collections care is a smart collections management policy. This is the first book to offer comprehensive advice on how to write such a policy for any type of museum. Simmons analyzes the issues that a collections management policy should address and reviews the pros and cons of choosing one policy option over another.

Exhibits, Programs, & Education

Charnell’s Guide to Affordable Exhibits and Programs. Stone, Charles A and Nellie A. Stone. Blaine Printing, 1990.

Offers the benefits of experience, facilities, philosophy and work ethics to both private and public-funded organizations.

Copyright and Fair Use, the Great Image Debate. Vol. 12.3-4. Baron, Robert A. Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1997.

The articles presented in this issue are about the laws controlling how images are provided, and about the rights and obligations image users and image owners expect from museums.

The Effective Management of Volunteer Programs. Wilson, Marlene. Johnson Publishing Company, 1976.

This book is intended to be practical, rather than academic or theoretical. It is a sharing of basic philosophy about people and how to treat them in a way that encourages growth and self-renewal in individuals and organizations.

Exhibits for the Small Museum. Neal, Arminta. American Association for State and Local History, 1976.

Also a standard work, still relevant in many ways but dated in others, this book expands on some of the material in Help for the Small Museum. Covers exhibit planning, scale models, case designs and interiors, lighting, manikins, and viewer dynamics.

Exhibition in Museums. Belcher, Michael. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

This is not a how-to guide to preparing museum exhibits. It is an introduction to the many factors that affect exhibit effectiveness including museum policies, interaction with the public, and physical attributes of an exhibit. This book is written for students, but it can also be very useful to the museum professional.

Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach. Serrell, Beverly. AltaMira Press, 1996.

A vital reference tool for all exhibit professionals. Includes discussions of label planning, writing, design, and publication, and a resource list, glossary, and bibliography.

Exhibition Planning and Management. American Association of Museums, 1992.

A primer of selected reprints on the core elements of exhibition planning and management from NAME. Articles are from: Innovation, Exhibit Builder, International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Industrial Design, and more.

Going Public: Community Program and Project Ideas for Historical Organizations. Robinson, Cynthia and Gretchen S. Sorin. Bay State Historical League, 1999.

This book is a compilation of ideas for breathing new life into local historical agencies through community based programming. It presents 27 case-study program ideas as well as guidelines and methods for planning and implementing programs.

Good Show! A Practical Guide for Temporary Exhibitions. Witteborg, Lothar P. Smithsonian Institution, 1981.

Offers practical guidance on creating temporary and small exhibitions, including basic steps for exhibition planning, design, fabrication, and installation. Information on security, conservation requirements, and accommodating visitors with disabilities is included. Also includes an outline of exhibition development, a bibliography, and a chapter on sources. A completely revised chapter on sources, an updated bibliography, and an exhibition development outline also are featured.

A Guide for Native American and Rural Communities, Planning for Balanced Development. Guyette, Susan. Clear Light Publishers, 1996.

Community planner Susan Guyette presents the first field-tested model of developmental planning that addresses the special concerns of Native American and rural communities. In Guyette’s model, revitalizing of cultural traditions becomes the central focus of the economic planning process. The author demonstrates, step by step, how community planning works, using the creation of the Poeh center at Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico as a case study.

Guide to Traveling Exhibition Organizers. Edited by Howarth, Shirley Reiff. The Humanities Exchange, Inc., 2000.

Lists more than 80 organizations that offer traveling exhibitions to museums, art centers, libraries, and other display spaces. Each organization is described, giving its history, philosophy, types of exhibitions, security and transportation requirements, fee ranges, education programs, staff information, and sample lists of its exhibitions.

Help for the Small Museum, 2nd Edition. Arminta, Neal. Pruett Publishing Company, 1987.

Long a standard work on the basics of building exhibits, but now dated in some respects, especially with regard to label production, this book nonetheless provides numerous ideas and tips for designing exhibits and constructing exhibit cases, panels etc.

Manual for Museums. Lewis, Ralph H. National Park Service, 1976.

A standard reference for all museum workers, and especially valuable to the student who wishes to pursue a museum career.

The Manuel of Museum Exhibitions. Lord, Barry and Gail Dexter Lord. Alta Mira Press, 2002.

A practical, hands-on, comprehensive guide to the entire process of planning, designing, producing and evaluating exhibitions for museums of all kinds.

Museums and Consultants: Maximizing the Collaboration. American Association of Museums, 1996.

This book is designed to provide museums with the tools needed for a successful consultation avoiding pitfalls. It is also designed to provide the consultant’s point of view, and is a useful tool for consultants to share with their client museums.

Museum as Catalyst for Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Beginning a Conversation. Museum Loan Network, 2002.

Three meetings’ worth of work complied by 40 people to be used as a catalyst to understand some of the issues, challenges, and hopes of collaborations, and the role that museums and their collections can play.

Museums, Places of Learning. Alexander, Mary and George E. Hein. American Association of Museums/AAM Education Committee, 1998.

This definitive volume provides proof that museums make a major contribution to education in the broadest sense. It provides a framework for defining learning and reflects the literature related to learning in museums. The authors explore all aspects of educational theory, museum education practice and visitor studies in a straightforward, concise, and readable manner.

National Needs Assessment of Small, Emerging, Minority and Rural Museums in the United States. Danvers, Rebecca W. Institute of Museum Services, 1992.

The purpose of this study is to identify what resources small, emerging, minority, and rural museums need to meet their educational mission; in which areas of museum operation the needs are greatest; and to suggest ways their needs can be met.

An Object in the Hand… Mertz, Greg. Smithsonian Institution Collaborative Educational Outreach Program, 1981.

This manual focuses on museum outreach education programs for audiences who are unable to visit museums. It is designed to explain the logistics of developing and conducting outreach education programs for immobile populations.

Organizing a Local Historical Society. Silvestro, Clement M. The American Association for State and Local History, 1959.

Explains how to set up and organize a local historical society.

Paying Attention: Visitors and Museum Exhibitions. Adams, Roxana and Beverly Serrell. American Association of Museums, 1998.

Examines the fundamentals of a museum visit: the amount of time spent and the number of stops made by visitors.

A Primer for Local Historical Societies. Creigh, Dorothy Weyer. American Association for State and Local History, 1976.

For groups relying on volunteer labor and a variety of money-raising activities.

Shaping the Museum: the Map Institutional Planning Guide. American Association for Museums, 1990.

Helping museums assess its operations and programs and clarify its mission and priorities, MAP often stimulates the planning process and encourages the development of a written plan that spells out concrete goals and objectives.

Standards Manuel for Signs and Labels. American Association of Museums, 1995.

Originally created for specific use at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this book serves as a valuable resource for other institutions in their efforts to communicate information effectively to the widest possible range of visitors.

Videotaping Local History. Jolly, Brad. The American Association for State and Local History, 1982.

This book answers challenging questions about video technology.

Visitor Surveys: A User’s Manual. Adams, Roxana and Susan K. Nichols. American Association of Museums, 1999.

The authors take the reader by the hand toward more effective design and implementation of surveys and the subsequent use of those surveys in making important public policy and programming decisions. This resource report is written for those who have no specific expertise or training in survey work.


Preventive Conservation Videos

The Alaska State Museum has 19 videotapes on preventive conservation available for loan to Alaska museums, historical societies or related organizations. Users may request up to three tapes at one time. Loans are for one week and the user is responsible for return postage. The tapes are about ten to fifteen minutes each, and were collaboratively produced by the Centre de conservation du Québec, the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Université du Québec à Montréal.

To borrow any of these videotapes, or for additional information, contact Addison Field at 888.913.6873

  1. Introduction to Preventive Conservation
  2. Light and Lighting
  3. Relative Humididty and Temperature
  4. Pollutants
  5. Integrated Pest Management
  6. Packing and Transportation of Museum Objects
  7. Storage
  8. Protecting Objects on Exhibition Disaster
  9. Contingency Planning
  10. Closing a Seasonal Museum
  11. The Condition Report
  12. Handling Museum Objects
  13. The Care of Paintings
  14. The Care of Works on Paper
  15. The Care of Sculptures
  16. The Care of Metal Objects
  17. The Care of Furniture
  18. The Care of Textiles
  19. The Care of Museum Objects

Page last updated 04/22/2019