Archive for the ‘Staff’ Category

  • “Here’s a chance for that historian to do something…. what’s her name?” — James T. Kirk, “Space Seed,” Star Trek This is how the conversation usually goes when I meet someone outside of the historical community for the first time: “What do you do for work?” I tell them that I am the Senior Historian […]

  • Since the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced, the topic has dominated the news cycles with more and more famous persons and political leaders answering to accusations of misconduct in relation to colleagues, acquaintances, and clients. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and assault is not limited to the world of entertainment […]

  • One of the founding objectives of the Women’s History Affinity Group at AASLH is to “[foster] mentoring, professional development, and strongly encourage young women to strive for leadership positions within their professional organizations. The “Women Who Mentor” blog series asks successful women from across the field to share their experiences and advice with women, as […]

  • We are proud to announce the slate of candidates for four open spots on the AASLH Council and two spots on our Leadership Nominating Committee.  The Council sets policy and provides leadership for the Association, is responsible for strategic planning, and represents AASLH members and the field at large. The Leadership Nominating Committee works with […]

  • We all know most non-profits run on volunteers.  Working at a small historical society, this is especially true. When I first started my job in Spring of 2015, I was faced with a rather small volunteer force. I wasn’t sure how to go about initiating change and growing the volunteer base, so I made it […]

  • To my astonishment, Baby Boom: Motherhood and Museums has consistently been one of the most popular AASLH blog posts since it was published a year ago.  And, honestly, I have very mixed feelings about that news. On the one hand, my competitive side is thrilled.  And the writer in me is also pretty astonished that […]

  • My office was recently found itself in a discussion about office layouts for an organization. Specifically the old debate over an open plan office (or cubicles) vs. individual offices and what would fit our institution the best. Currently we have a mixture of these two approaches. On one floor of our building the education staff […]

  • Do a quick Google search for the definition of Visitor Experience. Go ahead. You won’t find one. Primarily because we, as institutions, define what the visitor experience is for ourselves. Therein lies one of the most fundamental struggles we all face. What does our visitor experience look like? What do we want our visitors to […]

  • Our work in the not-for-profit sector focuses on making society better. We strive to improve the lives of those in our communities. But how often do we look internally to think about how we can improve the lives of people who report to us? If you are a manager, one of the most significant opportunities […]

  • We’ve all been there, sitting in a two-hour meeting that seems to be going nowhere, the all-day meeting with consultants that produces minimal results, or the ever-popular weekly staff meeting that runs too long and always ends in mindless chitchat. Have you ever sat there in your meeting-induced coma and wondered, “What is this costing […]