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Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

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BC: Glaser, J.R., & Zenetou, A.A. (1996). Museums: A place to work, planning museum careers. New York, NY: Routledge. Hakala, J. (Interview. 2009). Retrieved From Olson, J.G. (Interview. 2010) Retrieved From Schlatter, N.E. (2008). Museum careers: A practical guide for students and novices. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

FC: Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center | 03-14-2013 | Laura Meadows

1: The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Hope you enjoy my photo essay!

2: Exhibition Manager Exhibition Designer, Exhibition Developer, Curator, Content Specialist, Museum Educator, Editor

3: The Exhibition Manager is in charge of the planning and implementing of the exhibition spaces created by the Exhibition Designer and the Exhibition Developer. As the leader of these projects, the Exhibition Manager works closely with the Curator, Content Specialist, Educators and other exhibitions staff members (Schlatter, 2008, p. 62) An Editor's role in this process is ensuring that all of the text associated with the exhibition is correct.

5: Registrar, Exhibition Designer, Exhibition Developer | The Registrar's position in a museum is to ensure proper care, custody, and control of objects (Glaser & Zenetou, 1996, p. 114). In this example, the animals in the case have been removed to update and improve their living environment. At the Virginia Aquarium, the objects that a Registrar must care for is the marine life itself. An Exhibition Designer must then work with the Exhibition Developer to create a more suitable environment for the animals that normally reside in the tank.

7: Interpreter, Volunteer Coordinator, Museum Educator, Curator | The individual on the left is a volunteer at the Virginia Aquarium, his job is to explain the process of creating decoys to visitors and he teaches "Carving Class" to show visitors how to make the decoys. The educator on the right is explaining the life of the hermit crab to visitors. They are employed by the Volunteer Coordinator, who works with the Museum Educator to develop volunteer programming and services for the needs of the museum (Glaser & Zenetou, 1996, p. 118). This practice is overseen by the Curator to ensure that all programs are appropriate for the overall goal of the museum.

8: Wheelchair ramps, wide hallways, doorways, and entryways were present all throughout the Virginia Aquarium. This design aspect is a matter of public safety and accessibility. Visitor Services staff check traffic patterns throughout an exhibit and suggest changes to the Exhibition Designers (Schlatter, 2008, p. 94). This aids the flow of the exhibit for a more positive visitor experience.

9: Public Safety, Visitor Services, Exhibit Designers, and Security Staff

11: Museum Educator, Media Manager | The Museum Educator's goal is to "enhance public access to an understanding and interpretations of the collections, exhibitions and resources (Glaser & Zenetou, 1996, p. 92)." Technology, especially with the use of cell phones, is changing how the public retrieves information (Hakala Interview, 2009) The QR Code on the far left provides more information to visitors who want to learn about otters. While pamphlets and information flip-books provide more traditional means of education. The Media Manager's role is to create the media and information that visitors can access from their hand-held devices.

12: The Development Officer's role is to help a museum raise money by creating and maintaining positive relationships between the museum and donors (Olson Interview, 2010). This individual would know how to reach out to the public to either create fund-raising opportunities, or to convince specific individuals or groups to give to a museum. The Director and Development Officer work closely during these fund-raising attempts because the Director acts as the "face" of the museum (Glaser & Zenetou, 1996, p. 84). They are represented by the Development Officer to persuade donations.

13: Development Officer, Director

14: Retail Staff, Retail Manager, Financial Officer, Marketing Manager

15: The Retail Staff and Retail Manager at a museum's gift shop provides additional income to an institution. These funds are particularly dependable in a museum's revenue because visitors enjoy the unique items that are for sale (Schlatter, 2008, p. 90). The money that is made at the museum shop is then added to the budget for the museum and to re-stock the shop, the duty for the allocation of this income is given to the Financial Officer. The Marketing Manager's responsibility is to work with the Retail Manager to oversee what items are brought into the store, to make sure that they adequately reinforce the goal and attractions of the museum.

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