Some of our staff at VAM recently attended the American Alliance for Museums’ 2016 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, held this year in Washington, DC. While there, Jennifer spent the majority of her time working with the other state museum associations, both on the Museums United Phase 2 grant project and in more general conversations about challenges and opportunities. With Rebecca, she attended the pre-conference steering committee meeting for the grant project, and the general meeting of all the state museum associations on Thursday. Additionally, she presented a popular session on resume writing. The remainder of Jennifer’s time at AAM was spent in the Exhibit Hall, touching base with VAM’s business supporters who were there, as well as reaching out to potential new supporters. She also ran into Margo Carlock and Norman Burns, two of VAM’s dearly missed colleagues—they both say hello to everyone back home!
Christina used much of her time at AAM with fellow members of the Collective Wisdom: Library, Archives and Museums (LAM) Conference Exchange project. Together, the cohort attended sessions, discussed the similarities and differences between the sectors and conferences, and generally got to know each other. Next stop on the #LAMcw conference exchange for Christina is the American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, June 24-27.
While on the road for one of the first times as membership coordinator, Rebecca also visited VAM members and potential members. She enjoyed visiting and chatting with staff members at The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, Ford's Theatre, Dumbarton House, and Tudor Place.
As conferences tend to do, the AAM experience rejuvenated VAM staff and left them invigorated with new ideas, new contacts, and inspirations for ways to better serve our VAM members. You might see some of those ideas at our #VAM2017 conference in Roanoke—stay tuned!