For over fifty years, the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) has been a source for scholarship, conversation, and community in the museum education field. Our membership spans the lifecycle of careers, from students to retired professionals, across more than twenty countries. MER’s role as a resource for the museum education community has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of the field and our members. However our core product remains the Journal of Museum Education (JME)—the only peer reviewed journal dedicated to promoting and reporting on the theory, training, and practice of museum education.
This year marks the fifth and final year of MER’s current strategic plan. One of our primary goals for the coming year is to continue to diversify the voices and narratives coming through our platforms—the JME and Reader Guides, our blog, and Annual Forum, with a focus on historically underrepresented identities and experiences, and on representing the breadth of knowledge among us. This is an initiative long in the making, and we can’t do this work without you. There are many ways to get involved:
- Write for the JME, or be a Guest Editor. We welcome new authors and unsolicited proposals. Writing for the JME benefits the field-at-large by sharing your experience as scholarship.
- Write for the MER blog, “Museum Visions.” This space was created to expand upon the JME, reflect on member events, and address timely issues that we face in the field of museum work.
- Join MER! Your membership gets you 4 print issues per year of the Journal of Museum Education by mail as well as access to the fully searchable digital archive that includes more than 40 years of full text articles about the theory, training, and practice of museum education. MER members also receive complimentary access to the digital edition of Visitor Studies.
- Join our Board of Directors. Applications are reviewed each spring. Board service is a 3 to 5 year commitment, starting at our annual Board Retreat in late summer.
- Connect with us. You’ll find us on Twitter (@MusEdRoundtable) and Facebook. Also be on the lookout for friendly MER Board members at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting and other regional and national conferences throughout the year. In late July MER will host our annual Forum in Washington, D.C.. This is an opportunity to engage in person with topics and issues raised in the JME.
With so many ways to be involved, we hope you’ll join us as we put Knowledge in Action! I’d also love to hear from you about anything on your mind related to MER and the JME. Please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected].
In admiration of all you do to advance the field of Museum Education.
Museum Education Roundtable
Dwight and Kirsten Poler & Andrew W. Mellon Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs
Mead Art Museum