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BASICS


ASTC-ACM 2011 Workforce Survey Report

NEW!
ASTC-ACM 2011 Workforce Survey Report
Co-produced by ASTC and the Association of Children's Museums (ACM), this report is based on a survey of 155 U.S. institutions and features detailed data on 14 positions, including salaries analyzed by museum size, educational requirements, benefits provided, and turnover rates. Salary information for 10 additional positions, as well as information from CEOs at 25 institutions outside the United States are also included. This source for human resources planning and management also includes a special section detailing staff diversity. PDF format only. 308 pp.More
#103-2011
ASTC members: $75
Nonmembers: $150

NEW!
One Piece of Paper

Mike Figliuolo
Jossey Bass, 2011
This title teaches leaders how to evaluate and define their leadership maxims by leading oneself, leading the thinking, leading one's people, and leading a balanced life. Based on Mike Figliuolo's "Leadership Maxims" training course, One Piece of Paper is a fundamental addition for leaders in all fields. 244 pp.
#167
ASTC members: $26
Nonmembers: $32


NEW!
The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results

Jeffrey Ford and Laurie Ford
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009
This book is an important tool for employees and managers who want to communicate more effectively. The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results shows some of the mistakes that are made in everyday conversation and provides the reader with the tools how to minimize those mistakes and to communicate in a way that is productive both for themselves and their colleagues. 240 pp.
#166
ASTC members: $19
Nonmembers: $24


TWO GREAT BOOKS, ONE GREAT PRICE! Package of One Piece of Paper and The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results, at a discounted price.
#168
ASTC Members: $40
Nonmembers: $52

One Piece of Paper

The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results

Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy


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Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy

George E. Hein
Left Coast Press, 2012
Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy is a unique and historically relevant read that delves into John Dewey's influence on museum practice, as well as into the significance of museums in fostering democracy and education. If you want to learn about an important aspect of museum education history, this is a must-read. 254 pp.
#165
ASTC members: $28
Nonmembers: $33



The Convivial Museum

Kathleen McLean and Wendy Pollock
ASTC, 2011
In a time of challenge, what can museum professionals do to assure that museums continue to fulfill their promise as essential public institutions? This richly illustrated book offers reflections about key dimensions of a defining quality of vibrant public places, which the authors call "conviviality"—a welcoming spirit, orientation to the community, comfort, opportunities for social engagement, and places for healing and renewal. 200 pp. More
#158
ASTC members: $17
Nonmembers: $22


TWO GREAT BOOKS, ONE GREAT PRICE! Package of The Convivial Museum and the companion volume, Visitor Voices in Museum Exhibitions, at a discounted price.
#159
ASTC Members: $33
Nonmembers: $41


The Convivial Museum

BESTSELLER!
A Place for Learning Science: Starting a Science Center and Keeping It Running

Sheila Grinell
ASTC, 2003
In this expanded and updated version of her 1992 A New Place for Learning Science, author Grinell, former president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, offers advice based on more than 30 years' experience in working with start-ups. 128 pp. More
#143
ASTC members: $30
Nonmembers: $35


A Place for Learning Science

2012 ASTC Statistics Analysis Package
Based primarily on data reported in late 2012 by 202 science centers and museums, this electronic report includes a six-page, full-color summary document, graphs suitable for dropping into digital presentations, and over 70 tables and graphs of information on facilities, programs, attendance, membership, employees and volunteers, and finances. PDF only.
#4-2012
ASTC members: Free
Nonmembers: $50

Architecture and Exhibition Design

Architecture and Exhibition Design: A Survey of Infrastructure
Charles Howarth Jr. and Maeryta Medrano
ASTC, 1997
An ASTC Bulletin that provides guidelines for designing a science center, including ceiling heights, floor loads, lighting systems, electricity, and more. Ten case studies show how the guidelines work in the real world of science-center construction. 55 pp.
#110
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $15

Business Planning for New Facilities
Charles H. Trautmann
ASTC, 1997
Whether starting a new science center or expanding an existing one, a sound business plan is vital to success. This ASTC Bulletin describes why and how to create one and includes a sample plan. 26 pp. PDF only.
#111
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $15

Collaboration: Critical Criteria for Success
Pacific Science Center and SLi, 1997
This publication is a must for museums engaged in or considering collaboration. The result of a seven-month 1995 study involving four focus groups and 23 in-depth interviews with professionals from science centers at all stages of development, the book provides seven assessment criteria for choosing a project and 12 keys to successful collaboration. 69 pp.
#106
ASTC members: $12
Nonmembers: $18


Lifetime of Curiosity

A Lifetime of Curiosity: Science Centers and Older Adults
Wendy Pollock, Editor
ASTC, 2009
With the first wave of baby boomers now looking to the next phase of life, the time is right for museums to expand their engagement with older adult audiences. This publication offers positive examples, inspirational stories, and resources for those who are ready to get involved. 55pp. More
#154
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $15


Vision to Reality: Critical Dimensions in Science Center Development
Mark St. John and Sheila Grinell
ASTC, 1993-1996
This four-part report identifies the critical dimensions in starting a science center. The report is the result of a survey of nearly 100 new or expanding science centers and museums, and in-depth, on-site interviews at six. Included are survey data, analysis of interviews, and suggestions for planning. Sold as set only.
Executive Summary, 7 pp.
Volume I: Issues and Dynamics, 41 pp.
Volume II: Survey and Profiles, 28 pp.
Volume III: Status Report on New Science Centers, 32 pp.
#73 (Four-volume set)
ASTC members: $35
Nonmembers: $45

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EDUCATION

In their Own Voices

NEW!
In Their Own Voices
Minda Borun, et al
The Franklin Institute, 2011
In Their Own Voices is the story of thirteen families from the African American, Latino, and Asian communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey, who have been actively involved in grant-funded outreach programs for nearly two decades. The collection is a surprisingly candid and moving portrait of the significant role that these programs can play in the lives of local families. 70 pp . More
#160
ASTC members: $15
Nonmembers: $19


Math Momentum in Science Centers
Jan Mokros, et al.
TERC 2006
Math Momentum in Science Centers is the final product of a three-year, NSF-funded initiative led by TERC in partnership with ASTC. The book is based on the experiences of 13 U.S. science centers and aquariums that took on the challenge of making mathematics not only more visible in their institutions, but also more engaging, inquiry-based, and broadly accessible. It emphasizes the central role in scientific inquiry of making measurements, analyzing data, and recognizing patterns and encourages readers to explore mathematics for themselves in preparation for incorporating more math into their exhibits and programs. 168 pp. More
#151
ASTC members: $12
Nonmembers: $15

Math Momentum in Science Centers


Family Learning in Museums: The PISEC Perspective
Minda Borun, et al.
Philadelphia/Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative, 1998
This book looks at family groups in four science museums. It summarizes the results of a four-year NSF-funded R & D project—defining and measuring family learning, determining exhibit characteristics that facilitate active family learning, and developing exhibit components that embody these characteristics and measure their impact. 70pp.
Available in pdf format only.
#121
ASTC members: $8
Nonmembers: $10

Family Learning in Museums

Girls at the Center: Girls and Adults Learning Science Together
Dale McCreedy and Tobi Zemsky
The Franklin Institute/Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., 2002
The result of a four-year collaboration between the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., this guide features tested programs and ready-to-use materials on six basic science themes for two groups: girls aged 5-10 and girls aged 11-14. Museums are using the curriculum in their scout programs and with homeschoolers and families to cultivate intergenerational learning and interaction. 226 pp.
#145
ASTC members: $20
Nonmembers: $24

Let's Try It... and See What Happens!

Let's Try It... and See What Happens!
Jane Snell Copes
Science Museum of Minnesota, 1997
Drawing on the Science Museum of Minnesota's experiences with its Experiment Gallery activity station, Jane Snell Copes has put together this compilation of proven, hands-on science activities designed for museums. Let's Try It is organized into 10 activity-filled chapters, each devoted to a physics or chemistry topic such as optics, electric motors, or carbon dioxide. The book is indispensable for its tips on interacting with visitors, building sturdy equipment, locating suppliers for consumables, and keeping activities safe. 173 pp.
#107
ASTC members: $25
Nonmembers: $35


Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: Preservice Partnerships between Science Museums and Colleges
Sally Middlebrooks
ASTC, 1999
It is well known that science museums offer extensive programming for teachers in the classroom, but little is known about how they are helping to prepare future teachers currently enrolled in college and university preservice programs. This publication helps to fill that information gap. Twelve museum profiles highlight key elements necessary to the success of preservice partnerships. 76 pp.
#128
ASTC members: $12
Nonmembers: $15

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers

Science Center Know-How

Science Center Know-How
Pacific Science Center, 1996
Science demonstrations, science exhibits, special event plans, and enrichment class curricula make this an ideal publication for those who are just starting a science center or want to infuse new life into their present programs. This book grew out of the NSF-funded Science Carnival Consortium project at Pacific Science Center, which was designed to assist new and developing science centers. 275 pp.
#99
ASTC members: $20
Nonmembers: $35

Science on Stage Anthology
Tessa Bridal and Susan McCormick, editors
ASTC, 1991
This anthology comprises five plays written by and performed at science centers: Alice in Numberland, George Washington Carver: Born to Succeed, Sara the Scientist, The Soap Opera, and Wondrous Visions: A Visit with Leonardo da Vinci. Includes the scripts, playwright's notes, and production histories and rights. 128 pp.
#51
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $14

TWO GREAT BOOKS, ONE GREAT PRICE! Package of Science on Stage Anthology and The Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and Cultural Interpretation<, at a discounted price.
#159
ASTC Members: $20
Nonmembers: $26

The Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and Cultural Interpretation
Susan Strauss
North American Press, 1996
Susan Strauss shows how good storytelling weaves a magical web around scientific facts and theories. Strauss uses examples from Native American myths and legends, stories told by friends and collegues, and anecdotes from her work as a storyteller at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History and the National Park Service. 152 pp.
#96
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ASTC members: $15
Nonmembers: $19

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EXHIBITS


Cheapbook: A Compendium of Inexpensive Exhibit Ideas
Paul Orselli
ASTC, 1995
Shrink-wrapped and hole-punched to fit into a three-ring binder, this collection of inexpensive exhibit ideas is perfect for small museums and exhibit developers on a tight budget. The book provides construction tips and exhibit schematics. Exhibits include the weight changer, liquid crystal walls, Moebius zippers, and more. 69 pp.
#89
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $12

Cheapbook

Cheapbook 2

Cheapbook 2: A Compendium of Inexpensive Exhibit Ideas
Paul Orselli
ASTC, 1999
Thirty more cheap exhibit ideas, still shrink-wrapped and hole-punched to fit into a three-ring binder. This edition includes, among others, Pyramid Puzzle by Dan Goldwater, Howling Cats by Stephen Pizzey, and Magnetic Canvas by Chris Burda. 49 pp.
#125
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $12


Cheapbook 3: A Compendium of Inexpensive Exhibit Ideas
Paul Orselli
ASTC, 2004
Another 31 cheap exhibit ideas, shrink-wrapped and hole-punched to fit into a three-ring binder. Featured in Volume 3 are Harvey the Invisible Rabbit by Harry White, Little from the Big by Pietro Cerreta, Parabolic Throw by Geoff Snowdon, and Cartesian Floater by Al Read. 68 pp.
#150
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $12

Cheapbook

Cheapbooks

THREE GREAT BOOKS, ONE GREAT PRICE! These three collections of inexpensive exhibit ideas, shrink-wrapped and hole-punched to fit into a three-ring binder, have been extremely popular. Perfect for small museums and exhibit developers on a budget, each volume provides construction tips and exhibit schematics for 30 time-tested interactive exhibits. We are now selling these together for a discount, so buy all three for a special price today!
#169
ASTC members: $25
Nonmembers: $33

Experiment Bench: A Workbook for Building Experimental Physics Exhibits
Colleen M. Sauber, editor
Science Museum of Minnesota, 1994
The Science Museum of Minnesota's Experiment Gallery has been praised for giving visitors more control over exhibits. Several people can sit at each of the gallery's benches and select from an assortment of experiments. Experiment Bench describes 10 benches, including components, construction diagrams, suppliers, and text. The book also contains critiques of each exhibit and suggestions for improving them. Includes critiques of and suggestions for improving each exhibit. 215 pp.
#78
ASTC members: $28
Nonmembers: $35

Experiment Bench
Fostering Active Prolonged 
			Engagement

Fostering Active Prolonged Engagement: The Art of Creating APE Exhibits
Thomas Humphrey, Joshua P. Gutwill, and the Exploratorium APE Team
The Exploratorium, 2005
A must for exhibit developers, researchers, educators, and other museum professionals looking for ways to engage visitors more deeply with interactive science exhibits, this book documents the exploration and findings of the Exploratorium's NSF-funded APE project. 144 pp. More
#205
ASTC members: $19
Nonmembers: $23


BESTSELLER!
Planning for People in Museum Exhibitions
Kathleen McLean
ASTC, 1993
McLean's best-selling book provides museum professionals with a broad understanding of the many disciplines needed to produce effective exhibitions, from industrial, graphic, and interior design to writing, editing, psychology, and management. Appendices lay out an approach to exhibition critiques and provide guidelines for using environmentally friendly materials. 196 pp. More
#67
ASTC members: $29
Nonmembers: $35

Planning for People in Museum 
			Exhibitions

Take to the Streets: Guide to Planning Outdoor Public Exhibits
New York Hall of Science, 1995
With its Science City exhibition, the New York Hall of Science took to the streets of the Big Apple, turning street lights, storm drains, and manhole covers into outdoor, public exhibits on urban infrastructure. Take to the Streets examines site selection, approvals and permits, and successful and unsuccessful exhibit ideas, and provides sketches for many of the exhibits that appeared in Science City. 34 pp.
#88
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $14

User Friendly: Hands-On Exhibits That Work
Jeff Kennedy
ASTC, 1990
This book looks at the human factors that affect hands-on exhibits. Illustrations provide data on human dimensions for visitors of all ages and sizes, including wheelchair users. The manual covers creating legible, accessible labels; designing user-friendly viewers and eyepieces; selecting exhibit controls and making them easy to use; planning audio exhibits and noise control; and much more. 77 pp.
#36
ASTC members: $25
Nonmembers: $35


Visitor Voices

Visitor Voices In Museum Exhibitions
Kathleen McLean and Wendy Pollock, editors
ASTC 2007
This book is a timely survey of ways museums are incorporating user-contributed content in exhibitions and other media. Overview articles by the editors plus 29 other articles describe a variety of experiments dating from the 1970s to the present—from comment books to sticky notes, video kiosks to blogs. For professional and student alike, Visitor Voices offers inspiration, food for thought, and practical advice. 164 pp, illustrated.
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#152
ASTC members: $20
Nonmembers: $23

SPECIAL PRICING! Visitor Voices in Museum Exhibitions and the companion volume, The Convivial Museum at a discounted price.
#159
ASTC Members: $33
Nonmembers: $41

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RESEARCH & EVALUATION

Surrounded By Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments
Marilyn Fenichel, Heidi A Schweingruber
The National Academies Press, 2010
Practitioners in informal science settings—museums, after–school programs, science and technology centers, media enterprises, libraries, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens—are interested in finding out what learning looks like in those settings, how to measure it, and what they can do to ensure that people of all ages and from different backgrounds and cultures come away with a positive learning experience. Surrounded by Science is designed to make that task easier. 220 pp.
#162
ASTC members: $27
Nonmembers: $35

Surrounded by Science

Communicating Controversy: Science Museums and Issues Education
Issues Laboratory Collaborative, 1995
This report by the Issues Laboratory Collaborative reveals that the public wants to see controversial exhibits, as long as the museum shows both sides of the issue. Communicating Controversy indicates how museums can examine controversial issues without themselves becoming the focus of the controversy. 36 pp.
#83
ASTC members: $10
Nonmembers: $15

Questioning Assumptions: An Introduction to Front-End Studies in Museums
Lynn D. Dierking and Wendy Pollock
ASTC, 1998
A must-read for museum professionals engaged in exhibition development, program planning, marketing campaigns, and the development of new facilities. "Front-end studies"—or research done at the onset of the planning process—can help museums to build bridges between themselves and visitors. This volume, based upon dozens of studies in the field, guides the reader through the planning process. 131 pp.
#120
ASTC members: $22
Nonmembers: $25

Questioning Assumptions

Try It!

Try It! Improving Exhibits Through Formative Evaluation
Samuel Taylor, editor
New York Hall of Science, 1992
This book demystifies the formative evaluation process. Step-by-step procedures are provided, along with case studies from around the United States. The book contains contributions from Minda Borun, Margaret Chambers, Lisa Detloff, Alan Friedman, Patricia McNamara, Chandler Screven, Beverly Serrell, Cary Sneider, David Taylor, and Samuel Taylor. 118 pp.
#58
ASTC members: $25
Nonmembers: $30

What Research Says About Learning in Science Museums
Beverly Serrell, editor
ASTC, 1990
With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ASTC commissioned 10 research articles for publication in the ASTC Newsletter and several other association journals on such topics as measuring learning, naive notions, writing exhibit labels, and science centers as research laboratories. This volume presents the series.
#38
ASTC members: $12
Nonmembers: $14

What Research Says 
				About Learning in Science Museums

What Research Says About Learning in Science Museums, Volume 2
Minda Borun, Sheila Grinell, Patty McNamara, and Beverly Serrell, editors
ASTC, 1993
Following up on the success of the first volume, this book contains essays on communicating risk, explaining difficult concepts, identifying and serving new museum audiences, using focus groups, assessing school field trips, and designing exhibits that motivate, and more. 44 pp.
#68
ASTC members: $12
Nonmembers: $14

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BACK LIST

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A Curious Alliance: The Role of Art in a Science Museum
The Exploratorium, 1994;
30 pp.; #11
ASTC members: $3
Nonmembers: $6

An Invisible Infrastructure: Institutions of Informal Science Education
Inverness Research Associates, 1996; Volume 1: Findings (20 pp.); Volume 2: Statistics (126 pp.);
#97/98 (Sold as set only)
ASTC members: $40
Nonmembers: $48

Explore and Discover: The Ann Arbor Hands–On Museum Exhibits Guide
H. Richard Crane, Ann Arbor Hands–On Museum, 1992;
106 pp.; #60
ASTC members: $14
Nonmembers: $16

No Surprises: Harmonizing Risk and Reward in Volunteer Programs
2nd edition; Melanie L. Herman and Peggy M. Jackson
Nonprofit Risk Management Center, 2001;
96 pp.; #20
ASTC members: $15
Nonmembers: $18

Snakes, Snails, and History Tales: Approaches to Discovery Rooms at the Smithsonian Institution
Judith White
Smithsonian Institution, 1992;
69 pp.; #61
ASTC members: $5
Nonmembers: $7

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