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Urban Systems Prepare Librarians for Age Wave

 

The Metropolitan Library Services Association (MELSA), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and two major systems in the New York metropolitan area – the Queens Library and New York Public Library – are taking steps to ensure that their public services librarians are prepared to meet the current Age Wave.  Recognizing the lack of professional training opportunities in the field of 50+ services these systems are each designing their own approaches for improving the capacities of public services staff responsible for working with older adults.

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Re-Imagining Ethnographic Museums: A European Project

“If museums wish to turn into institutions that pose questions instead of administering conventional truths, they need to radically reconsider their internal structure, the training of their professionals, and, most of all, their relation with users.”

                                          — Elena Delgado. Museo de America, Madrid   

Background                                                                                       

In recent decades there has been a growing global debate about the role of ethnographic museums in contemporary society.  From Australia and Indonesia to the Netherlands and the United States, scholars, museum professionals, government officials and leaders of indigenous peoples have engaged a range of questions with implications for the future of these museums.

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