Tahoe Maritime Museum selected for assessment program
February 9, 2012
HOMEWOOD, Calif. and#8212; The Tahoe Maritime Museum (TMM)-has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower Tahoe Maritime Museum to better serve Lake Tahoe community by facilitating its meeting and exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field.-
The program is funded by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, which during its 30 years has been administered by the American Association of Museums. As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums. MAP is a self-motivated program; application to and participation in MAP is initiated by each institution, and those accepted invest considerable human and institutional resources into the assessment.
The Tahoe Maritime Museum would like community volunteers to help with self-evaluation stage. If you are interested, please call Katena at 530-525-9253 ext. 100. Volunteers who have never visited are needed to fill out a pre and post-visit survey and will receive a free family membership.
MAP is a confidential process of self-study, peer review and implementation. Museums use the assessment process to strengthen operations, build capacity and enhance communication throughout the organization and in response to community needs. Participant museums choose one of three categories for its assessment: Collections stewardship, organizational or community engagement. The TMM will take part in the community engagement assessment process. -Small and mid-sized museums of all types, including art, history, science and technology, childrenand#8217;s, natural history, historic houses, nature centers, botanical gardens and zoos participate in the program.
and#8220;Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of the Tahoe Maritime Museum,and#8221; said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. and#8220;Studies have shown Americaand#8217;s museums to be among the countryand#8217;s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.and#8221;
TMM Executive Director Jesse Siess Hadley agrees: and#8220;Many museums apply to the program, but not all have the opportunity to participate. We are honored to have this chance to make our museum the best it possibly can be.and#8221;
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AAM is the only organization representing the nationand#8217;s entire museum community and has been dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum field for more than 100 years. Visit http://www.aam-us.org.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nationand#8217;s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Visit http://www.imls.gov.
The TMM museum is currently open on the winter schedule; Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org for further information on exhibits and events.
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