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AAM's and Wilkening Consulting's 2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 21, 2020
Need to benchmark YOUR audience? Then join AAM's and Wilkening Consulting's 2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers! Consider how useful it would be to know how your museum's stakeholders feel about your museum, lifelong learning in museums, and more. By enrolling your museum in the 2020 Annual Survey of Museum Goers, you can easily benchmark the visitation rates, motivations, attitudes and preferences, and demographics of your stakeholders. Additionally, you can compare your results to your peers, begin to track them over time, and gain far more contextual information through your custom results and report. The fee for 2020 is only $1,000 per museum. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4937335/2020-Annual-Survey-of-Museum-Goers-Enrollment

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Apply for an AASLH Award!

Posted By KELLY KLOBUCHER, Thursday, February 6, 2020
Now is the time to put together your application for a national award from American Association of State and Local History (AASLH). If your museum has completed a project that transforms your institution, if your project is ground-breaking and phenomenal, if your project allows your museum to reach new and underserved communities, you could be handed a meaningful national award in Las Vegas in September. Here’s what you need to pull together: • Budget information for the project and your institution • Letters of critical review (from people not associated with your project who can provide feedback on why the work is exceptional) • Resumes of key people involved in the project • Photos of your exhibit or project • Evaluation data for the project (surveys, letters, feedback, etc.) • Text from exhibit panels and labels • Marketing materials or handouts used in the project • News coverage of your project Here’s how to get started: https://aaslh.org/programs/leadership-in-history-awards/ Illinois Museums do fantastic work and we should be recognized for these achievements. If you have questions about the process contact: Lance Tawzer AASLH Awards State Captain Lance.tawzer@illinois.gov

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How to Add Co-Workers to Your Account

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 6, 2020
Since we started using the "YourMembership" management system to help us keep in touch with all Illinois Museum Professionals we have had many questions from users. One of the most frequently asked questions is: How does a manager/main contact person invite coworkers? Step 1: Login The master account (main contact person) will login to their profile and access the manage profile page. Step 2: Sub-account Management Page Underneath the "Information & Settings” section there is a "Sub-accounts” icon that members can click on. This will direct masters to the invitation page where they can invite others directly or create new sub-accounts on their employee’s behalf. Step 3: Invite/ Create Sub-accounts The master account can either send a direct link to their "employees/ sub-accounts” or insert their email address in the box provided for an invite. They will see the available amount of employees that can be invited underneath the organization account. • The first option the master will see if the choice to create the new employee’s account on their behalf. A master account will be prompted to log out first before creating the sub-account. Then the system will allow the master to go through the sub-account registration process. • The second method is sending a direct link with a personalized message to the employee to fill out their own profile as a sub-account outside of the website. This will require a master to send the message outside of the software. • The last option is to use the system’s generic email notification to invite employees to become sub-accounts. Masters can enter up to 49 recipient’s emails per message. Step 4: Sub-account Registration Process The sub-account will have to go through the registration process with the link included in the email to become an actual member. Once the registration is completed, the master may have to approve them (depending on the sub-account member type setting). Step 5: Managing Sub-accounts The sub-account is now attached to the master account and can be managed by the master. There are features available to export data, edit their profile information, detach accounts, suspend accounts, view account information, or sign-in as the member.

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Thank you, Karen!

Posted By KELLY KLOBUCHER, Thursday, February 6, 2020
After nearly two decades of service to the Illinois Association of Museums, President Karen Everingham submitted her resignation from the board in January to pursue her PhD. Everingham began her service to IAM in 2001 as Program Coordinator. When Mary Turner retired as Executive Director of the organization, Everingham stepped up to fill the role. In 2008, when state funding for IAM ceased, Everingham volunteered her time to support IAM’s Annual Conference and help the board transition to a fully-independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Everingham then elected to rejoin the board as a volunteer Trustee, Vice President, and then President. Anyone who has worked with Everingham knows of her passion for and dedication to the museum profession. She has worked in the museum field for nearly three decades, and has been a tireless advocate for museums of all sizes and types. Through her service to IAM, she helped countless museums in their journey to embrace best practices, grow and flourish. She was a cheerful presence at museum conferences and workshops throughout the state. She was a committed champion for Illinois museums when the profession faced significant challenges—the shuttering of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency sites, the Great Recession, the suspension of the Illinois Public Museum Capital grants program and the closure of the Illinois State Museum. Everingham was an important member of the advocacy team that came together to address those challenges. The Illinois Association of Museums, Museums in the Park and a coalition of museums of all sizes and types joined forces to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to reopen IHPA sites, seek restoration of funding for the Illinois Public Museum Capital grants program, reopen the Illinois State Museum and seek fresh funding for a new round of grants to fuel growth and innovation. We will miss her voice on Museum Advocacy Day and her thoughtful presence as we plan new conferences, workshops and initiatives. We thank her for her years of dedication and wish her well in her future endeavors. Thank you, Karen, for always being there. This post was written by Dave Oberg, Elmurst History Museum

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