Historical Reminiscents EP 19: Program Evaluation and GLAMs

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This week’s podcast episode is focused on program and project evaluation at Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM).  I discuss the importance of having programming goals, the range of ways success can be measured, and different evaluation types.

Do you have experience of evaluating programming at a public history site? I would love to hear about it, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
Visitor Studies Association
-AASLH resource – “Get Your Feet Wet With Visitor Surveys” (This includes templates!)

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Peer Mentors and Peer Nurturing

PeerLetters to a Young Librarian recently had a great post on the idea and importance of peer mentors.  Jessica Olin makes a great point about the value of having a support network and peers who you can turn to for support and honest feedback. Mentors can provide advice.  But sometimes having those close relationships that you can openly discuss challenges with are more valuable than unsolicited advice.

Similar to peer mentoring I like the idea of peer nurturing.  Anyone who has written for academic publications has probably revived a soul crushing, want to crawl into a hole peer review. These devastating reviews have a tendency to cause a whole lot of doubt — particularly in new scholars.

I get that we need standards and that bad research shouldn’t be published.  Peer review has a place and purpose. But I think the idea of peer nurturing is also valuable.  Helpful honest feedback that allows new scholars to gain skills and grow professionally is part of peer nurturing.  Creating environments that allow people to correct mistakes, learn, and be part of an engaged conversation around their work is important.

A quality peer mentor relationship can provide this type of feedback in a safe space.  Having that group of supportive colleagues can be crucial for new scholars.