AASLH Annual Meeting Call for Session Proposals
Proposals Due: November 16, 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Meeting Dates: September 18-21, 2013
Session Title: Using the Web To Untangle Yourself, Or How To Avoid Trite Museum Program Names
This session addresses issues related to:
Please check the most appropriate category for your session:
___ Capital Projects
___ Community Engagement/Collaboration
___ Financial Management
___ Human Resources
___ Professional Career Development
___ Technology/New Media
Format of Session (check one):
See full Call for Proposals form for definition of each category and minimum number of presenters for each format.
___ Current Issues Forum
_X_ Full day or ___ Half day
___ Enrollment limit
Session Description (50-words or less):
If session is accepted, this will be used in the printed annual meeting program guide. Please do not use bullet points.
You will learn to avoid overused phrases by simply googling your proposed program title.
Abstract (250 words or less):
The abstract should focus on the following questions:
- What are the central issues, the significance to the field?
- What are the main points to be covered in the proposed session?
Creativity has recently come into prominence in museum discussions. Many of these conversations have focused on developing creative program content. However, many commentators don’t acknowledge that most program developers start with a snappy title and then fit the content into that. Further, most of these conversations ignore the fact that so many museum program titles are duplicates of other museum program titles. For example, many museums use phrases such as “Turning Points” or “Ordinary People, Extraordinary (noun)” as their titles or subtitles. This repetition could easily be avoided using readily available resources.
This session will introduce participants to the tools they need (Google) to avoid redundant naming.
We can’t teach anyone how to be creative, but at least they can learn to find out if they are being trite (we realize there’s no stopping the rampant abuse of alliteration among museum professionals). Still, we believe that if we can help program developers write more creative titles, perhaps their programs will be a little more original as well.
What are your primary objectives for this session? As a result of this session, what will participants know, learn, or understand? Minimum of three, maximum of six:
Finish this statement. At the conclusion of the session, participants will: overcome their innate blandness and be able to creatively name their programs. (yes, it’s only two goals, but they are pretty important)
What is your target audience of history professionals?
- Administration (Finance, Marketing, Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising, etc.)
- Programming (Educator, Exhibitions, Public Programming, etc.)
- Collections (Preservation/ Conservation, Collection Management, Curator, etc.)
- General Audience
Session Chair Name: T.H. Gray
Institution: The American Hysterical Society
Mailing Address: None
City, State, Zip: Same As the Address
Phone: I don’t even KNOW you!
___ Chair will moderate only.
_X_ Chair will moderate and serve as panel speaker
Describe chair’s credentials/background and what chair brings to the session
Limit 125 words
T.H. Gray is the Director-Curator of the American Hysterical Society. A graduate of the Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program, he has worked in museums for decades and after all these years he’s tired of reading the same titles over and over again.