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Leading the Historical Enterprise: Strategic Creativity, Planning and Advocacy for the Digital Age

Bruce W. Dearstyne

Presents new ideas and strategies for leading and innovating in museums, historical societies, historic sites,and other state and local history programs. The book blends insights from the best practices of model historical programs and museums with themes from the best recent studies of leadership. This is a practical book with concrete suggestions that can be applied in just about any program setting, including archives. It covers:

  • Demographics, technology, resource constraints, and other forces that are affecting the work of historical programs and museums;
  • Developing mission and goals to keep programs responsive to changing needs, challenges, and opportunities;
  • Effective strategies for leading and innovating to keep programs vibrant;
  • Engaging users and audiences for our programs in new ways;
  • Putting information technology to work and engaging users in new ways;
  • Day-to-day leadership of historical programs and museums.
  • The book will be of interest to trustees, directors and staff of museums, historic sites, historical societies, and other state and local history programs; policy makers, e.g, legislative staff with responsibility for policy or budgets of cultural programs; professors and students of public history; libraries; and other people interested in state and local history and in innovation in cultural programs.

    "Leading the Historical Enterprise is a thoughtful dissection of where history and heritage-based organizations are now and why, and it details the hard choices they must make in order to create for themselves a new, empowered place in today's society. The message here is all about proactive leadership, no-holds-barred decision-making, and disciplined follow-through. It's about making a commitment to the future. And best of all, Dearstyne not only provides a clear and compelling picture of the desired destination, he offers a roadmap to get there." -- Anne W. Ackerson, Council of State Archivists

    Published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group (2015)
    186pp, Soft cover
    Product Code: BOOKRES-0596
    ISBN: 978-0-7591-2399-1
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