|Current Communities of Practice
Below is a list of those Communities of Practice that are currently operational or are in the process of organizing, with information on how you can get involved in any or all of them.
Have an idea for a new Community of Practice? Email ASTC's Professional Development team for more information, or to share your ideas.
Advocates for Diversity: The Advocates for Diversity CoP is for any museum or like organization staff either already in the process of implementing or exploring the formation of an internal workgroup to drive an organizational diversity/inclusion initiative. The CoP provides a support network for finding ways to gain support and guidance for creating and sustaining an inclusive science center/museum workplace. Join the community on ASTC Connect.
ASTC Development Professionals LinkedIn Group: The ASTC Development Professionals Group is an information and idea-sharing network for fundraising staff of ASTC-member organizations. The group welcomes all levels of development executives and staff, who raise private contributions from individuals and companies, foundation grants, and government support at the local, state, and federal level globally. Join the group via LinkedIn—search “ASTC Development Professionals.”
ASTC Information Technology LinkedIn Group: This forum includes discussion of information technology issues and opportunities as they relate to supporting the needs of science and technology centers or museums. The forum may discuss IT- or ICT-related projects: software, ticketing, internet aware exhibits, collaboration solutions, etc. Join the group via LinkedIn—search “ASTC Information Technology.”
ASTC Membership Managers LinkedIn Group: Membership managers working at ASTC-member science centers and museums are invited to join this group. Topics of conversation include: Passport Program best practices, member retention strategies, membership card management, etc. Join the group via LinkedIn—search “ASTC Membership Managers.”
Network for Leaders of Interpreters, Facilitators and Explainers (NetLIFE): NetLIFE is a community for leaders of interpretive floor staff. Topics of discussion include issues of recruitment, training, retention, and advocating for floor staff's role in visitor experiences. Join NetLIFE's community at http://sciencecenterstafftraining.ning.com.
Public Engagement with Science: The goal of the Public Engagement with Science (PES) CoP is to help informal science education institutions become more valuable to their communities by helping publics and scientists engage in issues and content where science, policy, and public aspirations about their local, national, and global communities intersect. Contact the ASTC Professional Development Team to join.
Research & Evaluation: The purpose of this CoP is to build the evaluation capacity of small and medium-sized ASTC institutions by establishing a forum through which ASTC institutions with limited evaluation capacity can discuss questions and challenges about evaluation, and receive support and resources from peer institutions and from experienced professional evaluators. Members have opportunities to connect, converse, and share resources via ASTC Connect. Contact the ASTC Professional Development Team to join.
Visitor Services: This CoP serves as a resource for museum professional involved in all aspects of customer service related to the visitor experience. Community members share resources and strategies, ask questions, provide feedback and collaborate to develop new resources for the field. Contact the ASTC Professional Development Team to join.
Volunteer Managers: The ASTC Volunteer Managers CoP consists of a LinkedIn group that provides an open forum for sharing ideas, effective strategies, challenges, and concerns with our peers in the field, in order to learn from and strengthen our impact with local volunteers.