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As we begin 2022, nearly two years since the pandemic began, what I’m most struck by is that the world I operate in is a fundamentally changed one.  It’s fascinating and a bit disorienting that these changes happened so quickly, sped up by circumstance of the pandemic.  Change is happening all the time, but more...
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Update 1/14/22: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest! For more than 30 years, RK&A has served as a premier planning, evaluation, and research firm, supporting hundreds of museums and informal learning organizations.  We are seeking a Project Coordinator to join our dynamic team.  The Project Coordinator will...
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As we exit 2021, I’m reflecting back on where I began the year, when I noted that “in 2020, the museum field as a whole showed itself to be out of step with society. . .  [and] irrelevant.”  At that time, I had begun having regular conversations with Emlyn Koster, a thought leader with three decades...
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By: Emlyn Koster As 2020 approached and with a whole-planet outlook, Emlyn expected a burst of ominous reflections around the 50th commemoration of Earth Day but also with a hope for some ‘20/20’ given its symbolic meanings of clear hindsight and perfect vision. Instead, the world cascaded into multiple destabilizing developments. Two years later and with...
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As we look toward 2022 and beyond, many museums are working to implement their new or existing missions, values, and initiatives that embrace and foreground diversity and inclusion. As an emerging museum professional and a Black woman who has often felt excluded from institutional spaces, this is heartening to me. But, at the same time,...
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With enthusiastic support from Robert Mac West, editor and publisher of the Informal Learning Review (ILR), RK&A is pleased to share Emlyn Koster’s recent opinion, ‘Relevance’ of Museums: From Rhetoric to Reality? which was part of ILR’s pandemic-themed September/October 2021 issue.  Emlyn’s original article is reproduced in full below. It is followed by his additional...
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In this IRB 101 series, I have provided general context for IRBs, including what IRBs are and why they exist and potential risks to research participants to illustrate IRBs’ purpose. This post will help you determine—if indeed you are conducting human subjects research—whether it is exempt from IRB review. What are exemptions? The Office of Human...
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By: Emlyn Koster With climate change and extreme weather frequently in the news and in light of the upcoming UN COP26 Conference, Emlyn taps his geological insights to point out what is often missing from society’s knowledge and which therefore warrants the museum sector’s urgent attention. Prehistoric Climate Changes Growing up in the UK where...
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By: Sadiya Akasha In the first post of this series, I described how the unique combination of nearly infinite access to information (and a global reach) coupled with a near-constant evaluation of the motives behind consumable content has caused Gen Z to become both global and critical thinkers in a way quite beyond the norm...
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By: Emlyn Koster Emlyn recalls how Liberty Science Center, located across the lower Hudson from Manhattan and where he was President & CEO from 1996-2011, assisted the next-of-kin and surrounding community in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on and after September 11, 2001. Every year it seems, the museum...
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