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  The Convivial Museum
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ASTC Publications sells books and periodicals for and about the science center field on topics ranging from science center management and exhibit planning to research and evaluation.

The association's bimonthly magazine, Dimensions, offers in-depth analysis on current issues, along with news briefs from ASTC and member museums and other resources for science centers and museums.




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Cheapbooks Bundle
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!
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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.
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The Convivial Museum
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.
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A Lifetime of Curiosity: Science Centers and Older Adults
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.
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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.
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Visitor Voices In Museum Exhibitions
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.
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Fostering Active Prolonged Engagement:
The Art of Creating APE Exhibits

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 APE project.
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A Place for Learning Science: Starting a Science Center and Keeping It Running
Author Sheila Grinell, currently president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, offers advice based on more than 30 years' experience in working with start-ups, and sustaining their operations under changing circumstances.
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Planning for People in Museum Exhibitions
Kathy McLean's best-selling book provides a broad understanding of the many disciplines needed to produce effective exhibitions— from industrial, graphic, and interior design, to writing, editing, psychology, and management.

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