A Handbook for Museum Trustees

A Handbook for Museum Trustees

by Harold Skramstad, Susan Skramstad

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Harold and Susan Skramstad, two of the field's most highly regarded experts in museum management, outline the tools you and your board need to handle the challenges facing museums today. A Handbook for Museum Trustees was written to help museum trustees better understand the "why" and the "how" of trusteeship, giving board members and museum directors a thorough understanding of their critical and non-negotiable duties. The book clearly identifies areas of responsibility and offers valuable, how-to advice on board discussion and decision-making, providing practical guidelines for improving board practices and fine-tuning the work of the effective board. "Not only will the tens of thousands of us who work in museums benefit from A Handbook for Museum Trustees ," says Stephen E. Weil, "so, too, will the millions more who pass through our doors."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780931201837
Publisher: American Alliance Of Museums
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Museums and Trusteeship: A Historical Perspective9
Chapter 2Trusteeship15
What Are Trustees?15102What Is a Board of Trustees?16
Who Are Board Trustees?17
Fundamental Duties of Individual Trustees and the Board17
Chapter 3Improving Museum Performance: The Role of the Board23
Museum Mission and Direction28
Identifying, Developing, and Evaluating Staff Leadership31
Stewardship of the Museum's Assets47
Ensuring that the Museum Has the Necessary Financial and Human Resources to Carry Out Its Mission51
Monitoring Museum Performance54
Connecting with the Community56
Chapter 4Recruiting Good Trustees and More59
The Basics61
Where to Look for New Trustees63
Criteria for Nomination64
Questions to Ask65
First Approach68
The Interview68
The Invitation70
Chapter 5Improving Board Performance75
Board Meetings77
Keeping Everybody Busy79
Committees and Task Forces82
Board Culture84
Motivating the Board and Keeping Good Board Members86
Terms of Service88
Exit Interviews92
Evaluating Board Performance93
Chapter 6Handling Difficult Board Issues99
Conflicts of Interest101
The Founder103
Board Micro-management106
Staff Roles/Board Responsibility107
Problem Trustees110
When Board and Staff Skills Overlap111
More than One Board113
Poor CEO118
Poor Relationship with CEO119
Chapter 7Where Boards Disappoint: Fund Raising123
Chapter 8Summary and Conclusions135
Chapter 9Cases for Reading and Discussion143
Slow Drift146
The Crowell Pinter Exhibition152
A Capital Experience158
Whose Museum?165
Does One Plus One = Two, or Trouble?172
The Surprise176
Does Better Mean Bigger?181
The Dinner Party185
Museum Definitions and Standards191
Glossary of Terms193
Suggested Resources201
Books and Articles201
Web sites202
The Authors203

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