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FC: Harvard Museum of Natural History | Cambridge, MA

2: Visitor Services | “The membership officer works closely with the development and public-relations officers and with the museum educator to attract and retain the interests of a broad and diverse public (Schlatter, 2008).” | The Harvard Museum of Natural History greets visitors right at the entrance with information for their visit. Friendly visitor services staff help provide maps, information on exhibits, and upcoming program details. | T

4: Collections Manager | Specimen label tags were visible in the solutions of house centipedes. Collections managers can use these identifications to help keep their collections organized.

5: Education Staff | "As an educator, there is a lot of research done on your own in relation to the subject matter. When it comes to developing an exhibit the curator will have a vision of what they want to get across. You need to work with the curator to understand that. It's a back and forth process (Hakala)."

6: Curators | Harvard Museum of Natural History prides itself on being a research museum. The curators produce original research and present it in the exhibitions, such as The Language of Color exhibition.

7: Preparator | Preparators store fossils in plaster jackets. They also carefully remove fragile fossils from rock matrixes for research and exhibition.

8: Gift Shop Staff "Our gift shop certainly helps fund our museum." - Visitor Services Staff at Harvard Museum of Natural History Museum shops help visitors purchase souvenirs to remember their experiences as well as bring in funds for the museum.

9: References: Glaser, J. R., & Zenetou, A. A. (1996). Museums: A place to work, planning museum careers. New York, NY: Routledge. Harvard Museum of Natural History. (2013) Home – Harvard Museum of Natural History. Retrieved from: www.hmnh.harvard.edu Interview with Jim Hakala, Senior Educator, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Retrieved From: http://www.sandboxstudios.org/clientfilemanager/JHU/601/interviews/JimHakala.mp3

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