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FC: Los Angeles Maritime Museum | by Kristin Miyagishima

2: The first thing people see when walking into the museum is the information desk. Here visitors are greeted and this is where they can view membership pamphlets and where a donation box is displayed. Furthermore, as museums have shifted attention toward visitor's education, those at the front desk (docents, membership staff) would need to be under the tutelage of the educator who provides insight into the history and purpose of the museum (Schlatter, 2008, p. 35).

3: Donations would need to be supervised by a financial professional such as an administrator or finance officer, The finance officer is responsible for ensuring that bookkeeping is accurate and all monies comply with legal standards (Schlatter, 2008, p. 98).

4: Visitors can interact with a few multimedia exhibits, like this one. These exhibits would undoubtedly fall under the responsibility of the curator and exhibitions designer, Since docents need to know how to interpret images and use systems, an educator would need to ensure that docents are knowledgeable.

5: A media manager is also important in constructing media in museums. According to Glaser (1996), "The media manager may propose the creative use of media in exhibitions [...] and may be responsible for introducing innovative techniques such as interactive computers" (p. 107).

8: The conservator "protects, repairs, restores, cleans, and preserves objects in the museum's collection"(Schlatter, 2008, p. 55). No where is a conservator more important in the museum than the conservation of this 19c canon, especially since it is constantly exposed to ocean air.

10: In the museum, there are many models, a lot of them made of wood. Knowing where these items come from and where they are would fall under the responsibility of the registrar. Glaser (1996) notes that registrars are responsible for "accession records, marking objects, inventory and storage records" (p. 114). Additionally, since a lot of the models are of wood, the conservator would need to know how to take proper care of the items.

12: The museum had a display of Jack London's photographs; this exhibition would be under the care of the curator, exhibitions designer, registrar, and conservator, especially in the care of one of Jack London's cameras, which is pictured on the right. The registrar would play an important role in ensuring that each photographic print is well-documented and accounted for.

14: The museum has several displays in which visitors can get a glimpse of sea life. Between models of ships at sea, a display of ships-in-a-bottle, a lighthouse's light, and a real tugboat docked next to the museum, visitors can understand the complexities of life at sea and the types of ships that sailed the oceans. An educator would need to make sure that docents are knowledgeable with the items and their significance; additionally, a registrar and curator are important as well as conservators in taking care of the older and more fragile pieces (such as the figurehead pictured on the opposite page.

17: As visitors prepare to leave, they can visit the museum's gift shop, which would be under the expertise of the museum shop manager, including docents. Since membership material is most likely displayed in the shop, membership staff would need to be involved, including any media staff who post publications for sale.

18: Sources Glaser, Jane R. (1996). Museums: A place to work. New York: Rutledge. Schlatter, N. Elizabeth (2008). Museum careers: A practical guide for students and novices. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

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