Monday, February 9, 2009

More on AMNH Layoffs

The New York Times has published a piece on AMNH volunteers' reactions to the laying off of the head of the volunteer office, Bev Heimberg. I'm not going to comment on the Museum's statements in respect of this case, which are much as one might expect from AMNH. All I can say, after 10 years of working with Bev, is that she had an unrivalled ability to provide the collections with the right volunteers. Collection managers are demanding customers with very particular requirements and she had an unfailing instinct for matching the right person with the right job. Given that staff cuts will be increasing the demand for well-trained volunteers across the museum, the decision to lay off the most experienced member of the volunteer office is baffling.

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