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The Fascinating Treasures Locked Away at California’s Best Science Museum

“Native San Franciscans largely appreciate the California Academy of Sciences as somewhere you can go on Thursday nights and get drunk among circling sharks and taxidermic lions and even an albino alligator named Claude, who may or may not be French. But behind the scenes of this premier scientific institution, which combines an aquarium, a planetarium, and giant bubble with a rainforest inside, are marvels few people beyond scientists see: 46 million creatures, all preserved and squirreled away (sorry about that) in row after row of cabinets, 56,000 square feet in all. From tiny beetles to hulking dino bones, it’s an indispensable catalog of nature’s awesome biodiversity.” (via WIRED)

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Museum Catalogues from Eight Institutions You Can Now Read Online

“I’m pleased to ­share that all the museum partners in the Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) have now published their catalogues — available to all, at no charge. The initiative recently reached this major milestone with the release of a free digital publication from Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. Going digital with collections catalogues required us at the Getty Foundation and our partners to completely rethink the ways museums create and share content about their collections. As a group, we tackled the challenges of online publishing by creating new models for scholarly catalogues in the online environment that we anticipate will be widely adopted.” (Getty Iris)

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Government Doubles Official Estimate: There Are 35,000 Active Museums in the U.S.

“The U.S. agency that is the primary source of federal funding for the nation’s museums and libraries today released a new estimate of the number of active museums in the United States. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that there are 35,144 museums in the U.S., more than double the agency’s working estimate of 17,500 from the 1990s.” (via IMLS.)

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By Digitizing Images, Museum Opens a Window Into the Past

“Fully a century before Sarah Palin declared that Alaska was “just right over the border” from Russia, an expedition fielded by the American Museum of Natural History in New York sought to prove that the first people to reach the Americas had indeed migrated across the frozen Bering Strait. Thousands of glass plate negatives of that expedition will be made available online on Monday, as the museum launches an archival digital special collections database to give researchers, students and laymen alike access to a trove of photographs, lantern slides, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters and memorabilia that provide a rare backstage view of its exhibits and explorations, much of it previously unavailable to the public.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science

“Earlier this month I had the honor of representing IMLS in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners gathered to share cutting-edge research that will shape the future of education. The theme of the meeting was The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy. At the meeting, I presented some of the research we have been working on examining the influence of libraries and museums on early learning. This analysis provides insight into the differences between children who visit museums and those who don’t, including academic achievement.” (via UpNext: The IMLS Blog)

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Va library-turned-museum gives life to history

“When the front door of 804 South Street first opened in the segregated world of 1945, it offered black citizens access to a library. When that door opens this month, today’s generation will revisit that time and understand what it meant for Portsmouth’s black community. The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum, 10 years in the making, opens Dec. 22 with an exhibit titled “Forever Free: Portsmouth Stories of African-American Strivings and Successes.” The library-turned-museum could be one of those stories — as could the woman who headed up its creation.” (>via AP)

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IMLS Announces Effort to Strengthen State Museum Associations

The American Alliance of Museums, working in cooperation with IMLS, will explore capacity-building strategies for state museum associations to better serve local museums. Throughout the United States, 45 museum associations help museums in their states to provide lifelong learning experiences and preserve and interpret cultural, artistic, and scientific heritage. For many museums, especially for small museums and museums in remote areas, these state museum associations play a significant role in providing technical assistance, professional development opportunities and more.” (via IMLS)

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See Some Art While You Can — Google Will Eventually Replace Museums

“The prints in the series Anonymous Paintings are enlarged reproductions of museum artworks that have been imaged by Google Street View technology and later blurred by Google on its Art Project website. They are inkjet prints stretched on cotton panels, but they are also emblematic of the fascination that has built around Google’s Street View glitches and blurrings. Initially launched in 2011, Google Art Project was redesigned in April 2012 expanding the number of museums with the “walk-through” feature from 17 to 51. Now, you can saunter through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and The Frick Collection from your living room.” (via Wired.com)

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Spy Museum considers move to historic DC library

“The International Spy Museum, one of the most popular attractions in the nation’s capital over the past decade, is considering a move to a historic library that would give it more space for exhibits and a link to the city’s convention center. Museum officials told The Associated Press on Monday they will propose a redevelopment of Washington’s historic Carnegie Library with the city’s convention center authority, Events DC. The project would include new 40,000-square-foot underground space for exhibits and a new glass pavilion to house a visitors center, cafe and store. Peter Earnest, the museum’s executive director and a former CIA agent, said the Spy Museum has outgrown its space since opening in 2002 in downtown Washington.” (via AP)

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IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums across the U.S.

“Across the country museums are innovating to engage their communities, creating exciting new learning experiences, and caring for and making accessible their rich collections. This year the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded grants totaling nearly $30 million for 244 projects at museums of all types, from art museums to science centers, from aquariums to history museums. On September 18, IMLS Director Susan Hildreth will honor the grantees at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, D.C. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) will give remarks. Grant recipients from across the country will also attend.” (via IMLS)

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