Books and Blogs We Like

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Berger, Arthur Asa.  What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture.

Bergeron, Anne and Beth Tuttle.  Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement.

Buck, Rebecca A. and Jean Allman Gilmore, eds.  The New Museum Registration Methods.

Dean, David.  Museum Exhibition:  Theory and Practice.

Falk, John H. and Lynn D. Dierking.  The Museum Experience.

Genoways, Hugh H.  and Lynne M. Ireland.  Museum Administration:  An Introduction.

Norris, Linda and Rainey Tisdale. Creativity in Museum Practice.

Weil, Stephen E.  Making Museums Matter.


American Alliance of Museums blog

Leadership Matters Thoughts on 21st Century museum leadership by Anne Ackerson and Joan Baldwin

Know Your Own Bone by Colleen Dilenschneider

Museum 2.0
by Nina Simon

Art Museum Teaching: A Forum for Reflecting on Practice

O Say Can You See?  Stories from the National Museum of American History.

History It: Giving History a Future

The Uncataloged Museum by Linda Norris

Engaging Places


Websites and More


Database of Iowa related artifacts

Teaching Iowa History - a growing collection of lesson plans, digital collections, and Iowa related essays to support educators.

Future Ready Iowa Clearinghouse - search the project board by "museum" to see opportunities.

Sustaining Places Two Minute Videos - these are awesome quick tips on how-to-do lots of fundamental museum tasks.