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130x50 Welcome - Museum studies, sometimes called museology, is the field that encompasses the ideas and issues involved in the museum profession—from the practical, day-to-day skills needed to operate a museum to theories on the societal role of museums.
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) assists the museum community in acquiring and strengthening its understandings and practices of museology. This website is one of the Center's tools for serving the educational and informational needs of the field.
Internships at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Digital Graphics Intern

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access seeks an intern to assist in the artistic creation of digital graphics (for games, simulations, etc.). The intern will be responsible for collaborating with staff and digital interactive interns to develop game UI and art. Qualified candidates should have strong illustration and graphic design skills, a demonstrated interest in technology, and be able to communicate well with people of diverse backgrounds and specialties. Digital skills using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator are preferred. Please apply online in SOLAA at https://solaa.si.edu. In your essay, discuss what you want to learn during the internship and place a link to your online portfolio. Letters of recommendation are not needed, however, please include the names and contact information for two people who we can contact about you suitability for this internship. College or graduate students are welcome to apply.

Additional information available here.

Digital Interactives Intern

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access seeks an intern to assist in the preparation and development of digital interactives (games, simulations, etc.). The intern will be responsible for investigating and collecting new content, collaborating with Smithsonian scientists and educators to verify content accuracy, assisting with the coordination of user testing efforts, and assisting with technical aspects of the development of the interactives. Qualified candidates should have a passion for learning, a demonstrated interest in technology, strong writing/research abilities, and be able to work well and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and specialties. Illustration or graphic design skills, programming experience, or an interest in gaming are preferred.

Additional information available here.

Learning in Motion: Sharing Stories on Public Transportation
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Learning in Motion: Sharing Stories on Public Transportation
October 28, 2013

Learning in Motion: Sharing Stories on Public Transportation is a triple presentation by Anne Bray (Out the Window), David Lustick (Cool Science, Science To Go), and members of the Smithsonian Our American Journey youth engagement feasibility study team, including Jennifer Brundage, Aaron Glavas, Magdalena Mieri, and Pino Monaco. The presentation explores outreach programs designed to engage riders on public transportation in local science- and arts-based informal learning projects, discusses case studies of community engagement and participation, and shares lessons learned and best practices for museum educators considering innovative ways to share their own community-based initiatives.

The presentation was webcast live and is archived on this page.

Rewarding Museum Participation and Learning:  New Approaches
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“Rewarding Museum Participation and Learning: New Approaches,” a symposium on digital badging programs that reward achievement, featuring Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, on “Changing the Currency of Museum Membership: Participation v. Cash.”

Replay available here.


SUFIISM AT THE SMITHSONIAN

SUFIISM AT THE SMITHSONIAN
Searching for the Divine through the Arts

September 22–23, 2012 
12 Noon

National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian is planning a two-day symposium as an attempt to reinterpret, redefine and broaden the concept of SUFIism through scholarly talks, dramatic renderings of mystical poetry, soul-searching music, creative expressions in dance, artist talks, and fascinating films.

Additional information available here.

Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits

The National Research Council’s new study:
Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits

The National Science Resources Center, in partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, hosts a Smithsonian Institution Research-Dissemination Forum to discuss the findings of this new report

Replay available here.

Explore Museum Studies
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Locate professional-development opportunities and information for making informed career decisions and finding a job.
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Fellowships in Museum Practice
Look into opportunities to research museology issues at the Smithsonian.

130x50   Museology Resources
Find professional associations and special interest groups, on-line references, bibliographies, curriculum tools and materials, and much more.
130x50   Museum Studies Webcast Archives
Watch past presentations hosted by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies on topics relating to museology.
2014 Fellows in Museum Practice

Luciana Sepúlveda Köptcke, PhD
Ph. D. Researcher and Program manager
Health, Culture and Education
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil
Dates: January 23, 2014 – July 23, 2014
Study Title: What have we learned about museums contributions to health promotion? A Brazil and USA comparative analysis.

This project addresses the contribution of museums to health promotion and education and the existence of a professional and a cultural network concerned with health in and through museums. The study intends to develop a comparative analysis between American and Brazilian experiences and perspectives concerning health promotion and education agendas and practices in museums. A comparative analysis provides evidence of cultural, social and historical diversity in the ways museums relate to society, emphasizing that they are social and cultural constructions. It promotes deeper understanding of one’s own reality, reveals original ways of solving problems, finding solutions and imagining different roles for the institution.

Dr. Sepúlveda Koptcke will conduct her research under the advisement of Dr. Katherine Ott, National Museum of American History and Dr. Pino Monaco, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.

Related links:
Health and Medicine Collections, NMAH
Dr. Katherine Ott’s Twitter Feed
Julie K. Brown (FMP 2003)
Project: Making the ‘Speaking Picture': Displays for Health at International Expositions 1876-1904 http://museumstudies.si.edu/Fellowships/Brown.htm
Book: Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in the United States, 1876-1904, MIT Press, September 2009.

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, PhD
Professor of Culture and Media Pedagogy
Cyprus University of Technology
Dates: June 16, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Study Title: Museums and Visitor Photography: Art Experience, Reproduction and Memory

With the development of photographic technologies and mobile devices billions of photographs are produced yearly in museums throughout the world with the number rising year by year. While museum visitors accumulate personal photographs from museum visits, the kind of photographs they produce, how, and for what reasons, is largely understudied. The project “Museums and Visitor Photography: art experience, reproduction and memory” aims at creating a theoretical model which will help researchers and museum professionals understand how visitors use photography inside art museums, what they choose to photograph and why. Furthermore, it will investigate the connection between art experience, reproduction and memory. This understanding can potentially inform the design of museum exhibitions and programs which involve photography and which are not limited to the museum’s space but expand in time and place.

Dr. Stylianou-Lambert will conduct her research under the advisement of Education Director Rebecca Kasemeyer, National Portrait Gallery and Dr. Pino Monaco, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.

Related links:
NPG Education
NPG Flickr group
Selma Thomas (FMP 2009)
The Digital Museum: A Think Guide, Herminia Din and Phyllis Hecht, editors; Introduction by Selma Thomas

 

Latest Research & Reports       

Dr. Helen Graham
University of Leeds and Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice Fellow (2010-2011)
All Access Digital Arts Camp Report (.doc | .pdf
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Museums for Us  
Accessibility Resources
Smithsonian Accessibility Program

Dr. Hadwig Kraeutler
Belvedere Museum of Austrian Art, Vienna & SCEMS’ Merit Award Recipient 2011
The museologist, writer, educationalist Alma S. Wittlin (1899 - 1990) (.doc | .pdf
Related content:
Smithsonian History 
Museum Education Resources

Dr. Olaug Andreassen
Documentalist/Anthropologist, Oslo, Norway and Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice Fellow (2010-2011)
Project Report: Making Digitized Collections Useful. What can we learn from current Smithsonian work with source communities?
( .pdf | link  
More Useful Collections Blog
Related content:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center    
Collections Resources

Ms. Tine Seligmann
Curator Learning Museum & SCEMS Professional Visit 2011
Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark
May I share a story with you?—on different approaches to user involvement (.doc | .pdf   
Related Content:
Learning Museum
Evaluation and Visitor Studies

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