Best Practices

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The documents contained on this website are here offered by your colleagues for the fair use of supporting members of AAMG. These documents have been vetted in a variety of ways (e.g. through AAM MAP or Accreditation review) and are presented to supporting AAMG members for comparison or as templates for developing your own management documents. (The use or adaption of these documents is the sole responsibility of the user, who agrees by their use, not to hold AAMG, its board or its membership liable for any purpose whatsoever).

If you would like to contribute to this project, please send relevant documents formatted for general use and with the assurance that they have no copyright restrictions to communications@aamg-us.org. Please state how the submitted documents have undergone external review and preferably remove all references to your institution and museum/gallery (see posted examples).

Academic Museum Director: Hiring Guidelines
Hiring Advice: Approved by the AAMG Board of Directors (2014)

Advisory Board Charters/Bylaws
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Collections Policies
Example 1

Conflict of Interest
Example 1

Controversy
Museum Best Practices for Managing Controversy

Ethics Statements
Example 1
Example 2

Faculty Curator Contract
Example 1

Fair Use
CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

Internship Regulations
Example 1

Staff Charts
Example 1

Statement of Permanence
Example 1
Example 2

Student Gallery Attendant Guidelines
Example 1

Further Readings
Metrics of Success in Art Museums (Anderson, 2004)