One Year Anniversary of Cracking the Collections!

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Cracking the Collections is celebrating its one year anniversary! We’ve introduced a new layout to make it easier to browse past articles; tell us what you think in the comments. We would like… Continue reading

Digital Paleontology: Bringing Museum Specimens into the High School Classroom

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Guest post by Taormina Lepore For many people, the mental image of a paleontologist in the field conjures up a few things. Dirty boots. Dusty field hat. Hands calloused by many hours in the… Continue reading

Call for Proposals for Emerging Professionals session at SPNHC 2015

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The Emerging Professionals Committee will be hosting a special session at SPNHC 2015 in Gainesville, FL (May 17-23, 2015). The session will most likely be on Friday afternoon and talks will be limited… Continue reading

“Smart Collecting”: A New Collecting Culture

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Guest post by Adele Crane During the 1993 outbreak of a novel hantavirus in the Four Corners region of the United States, an effort to locate the origin of the virus included investigating… Continue reading

Growing a Collaborative Community with the Natural Science Archives Association

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Guest post by Julia Blase Last August, at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, a group of professionals began to gather around discussions about the intertwined issues faced by those of us who… Continue reading

What’s in a Museum Studies Degree?

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How I decided to pursue a museum studies degree and where it’s taken me so far Post by blog team member Katie McComas A few years ago, I had a crisis of confidence in… Continue reading

The Joys of a Small University Museum

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Guest post by Carrie Eaton As a curator in a small university museum I might be a wee bit biased, BUT I contend that our small and quirky museums make fantastic training grounds… Continue reading

From Field to Collection: “Tales” of the Bushy-tailed Woodrat (Neotoma cinerea)

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Guest post by Katharine Corriveau Biologists always return from the field with stories. Sometimes the stories involve encounters with strange people or untimely weather, but often they involve animals. And, of course, some… Continue reading

The Value of Museum Internships

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Guest post by Ingrid Rochon As we Millennials begin to graduate and enter a highly competitive job market, we will inevitably run into the experience paradox. We’ve learned how to take tests and… Continue reading

Contemporary Surveys and New Explorations

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Guest post by Nathan V. Whelan Natural history collections are an invaluable resource for understanding historical biodiversity, but historical collections are especially valuable when coupled with specimens from modern surveys. Whether such surveys… Continue reading