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The role of museum director has gone through many changes over the years.It is for this reason that Bryant F. Tolles, Jr. has written this insightful volume of thought-provoking essays on this transforming position in American history museums and historical societies.

Leadership for the Future takes a multifaceted look at the role of director, examining its function as intellectual leader and educator; initiator of professional standards and training; legal guardian, organizer, and energizer for planning; fund raiser, marketing agent, and cultivator of institutional support; internal communicator; fiscal, facilities, and security manager.

Image, social responsibilities, and positions within the public sector are also defined, along with the director’s role in collections development, management, and conservation; exhibit and educational interpretation; and research functions.

For museum directors or anyone who aspires to that role, this is useful, thoughtful reading.

978-0-942063-11-0 — Paperback