Leadership for the Future: Changing Directorial Roles in American History Museums / Edition 1

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The role of museum director has gone through many changes over the years. It is for this reason that Bryant F. Tolles, Jr. has written this insightful volume of thought-provoking essays on this transforming position in American history museums and historical societies. Leadership for the Future takes a multifaceted look at the role of director, examining its function as intellectual leader and educator; initiator of professional standards and training; legal guardian, organizer, and energizer for planning; fund raiser, marketing agent, and cultivator of institutional support; internal communicator; fiscal, facilities, and security manager. Image, social responsibilities, and positions within the public sector are also defined, along with the director's role in collections development, management, and conservation; exhibit and educational interpretation; and research functions. For museum directors or anyone who aspires to that role, this is useful, thoughtful reading.
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chapter 1 Acknowledgments chapter 2 Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., Preface chapter 3 HISTORICAL PROLOGUE Edward P. Alexander, The Rise of American History Museums chapter 4 ESSAYS 1. Harold K. Skramstad, Jr., The Director's Mask chapter 5 2. Ellsworth H. Brown, The Director as Intellectual Leader and Educator chapter 6 3. Robert R. Macdonald, The Social Responsibilities of History Museum Directors chapter 7 4. Daniel R. Porter III, The Director as Initiator of Professional Standards and Training chapter 8 5. Lynne F. Poirier-Wilson, The Director's Role in Collections Development, Management, and Conservation chapter 9 6. Craig A. Gilborn, The Director's Role in Exhibition and Educational Interpretation chapter 10 7. Louis Leonard Tucker, The Director and the Research Function of Historical Institutions chapter 11 8. William T. Alderson, The Director as Legal Guardian chapter 12 9. Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., The Director as Organizer and Energizer for Planning chapter 13 10. Albert T. Klyberg, The Director as Fund Raiser, Marketing Agent, and Cultivator of Institutional Support chapter 14 11. Susan Stitt, The Diamond Link: the Director as Internal Communicator chapter 15 12. Crawford Lincoln, The Director as Fiscal, Facilities, and Security Manager chapter 16 13. Martha Mitchell Bigelow, The Director and the Public Sector chapter 17 14. Amina J. Dickerson, African American Museums and the New Century: Challenges in Leadership chapter 18 15. Charles T. Lyle, The Multifaceted Role of the Small History Museum Director chapter 19 Notes
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