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Small Museum Toolkit

Edited by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and Stacy Klingler

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As a small museum staff person, you are responsible for a lot, including areas outside of your expertise or training. You need a quick reference that makes the process of becoming a sustainable, valued institution less overwhelming. The Small Museum Toolkit is a collection of six books that serves as a launching point for small museum staff to pursue best practices and meet museum standards. These brief volumes address governance, financial management, human resources, audience relations, interpretation, and stewardship for small museums and historic sites. The Small Museum Toolkit, written by thirty-four experienced museum professionals, helps you define the questions you should be asking, gives you tools to achieve your goals, and guides you where to go for help.

Books in the Small Museum Toolkit set
Book One – Leadership, Mission, and Governance
Book Two – Financial Resource Development and Management
Book Three – Organizational Management
Book Four – Reaching and Responding to the Audience
Book Five – Interpretation: Education, Programs, and Exhibits
Book Six – Stewardship: Collections and Historic Preservation
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AltaMira Press / AASLH
Pages: 900Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/4
978-0-7591-1947-5 • Hardback • 6 vol set • December 2011 • $346.00 • (£230.00)
978-0-7591-1334-3 • Paperback • 6 vol set • December 2011 • $173.00 • (£115.00)
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is chief executive officer at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was the founding chair of the AASLH Small Museums Committee and serves as a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums.
Stacy Klingler is assistant director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society. She serves as chair of the AASLH Small Museums Committee and is a member of the Field Services Alliance.
Book One: Leadership, Mission, and Governance
Book Two: Financial Resource Development and Management
Book Three: Organizational Management
Book Four: Reaching and Responding to the Audience
Book Five: Interpretation: Education, Programs, and Exhibits
Book Six: Stewardship: Collections and Historic Preservation
Finally, a practical, easy to read book series designed specifically for staff at small museums and historical societies! The Small Museum Toolkit will be a welcome addition to small museum bookshelves everywhere.
Scott Wands, Heritage Resource Center & Field Services Director, Connecticut Humanities Council


Benjamin Ives Gilman described the most pleasant of museum visits as one in the company of someone who knows and loves the objects on view. Reading the Small Museum Toolkit is a bit like such a 'visit.' Each author serves as a knowledgeable guide helping the reader understand museum practices in the most pleasant way. The information in these pages is so approachable that I recommend it not only to museum staff and volunteers, but also museum board members.
Mary Alexander, Maryland Historical Trust; co-author, Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums second edition


"If you are a small cultural heritage venue or interested in learning about what it takes to run a small cultural heritage venue, check out the Small Museum Toolkit. I am certain you will not be disappointed."

Archaeology, Museums, & Outreach


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