Bowling Museum to Participate in Assessment Program

by Bob Johnson 0

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program.

Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the IBMHOF to better serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area and greater bowling community by exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field.

The program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums. MAP is a self-motivated program; application to and participation in MAP is initiated by each local institution, and those accepted invest considerable human and institutional resources into the assessment.

“Acceptance into this program will allow the museum to continue to grow and better service not only the Dallas-Fort Worth community, but the bowling community worldwide,” said Bob Gudorf, President of the Board of Trustees for the IBMHOF.

MAP is a confidential process of self-study, peer review and implementation. Museums use the assessment process to strengthen operations, build capacity and enhance communication throughout the organization and in response to community needs. The IBMHOF will take part in the community engagement assessment process.

According to Ford W. Bell, president of AAM, “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.”

Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served more than 4,300 museums. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with IMLS. For more information, including a complete list of museums participating in MAP, visit: www.aam-us.org/map.

AAM is the only organization representing the nation’s entire museum community and has been dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum field for more than 100 years. For more information about AAM, visit: www.aam-us.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. To learn more about the Institute, visit: http://www.imls.gov/.

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame collects, preserves and researches bowling’s history, provides a suitable home for bowling’s major halls of fame, and makes the museum’s information and collection available to interested parties globally for education, promotion and entertainment while promoting the sport and industry to as many people as possible, thus providing value and visibility to its industry.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, and is located on the International Bowling Campus at 621 Six Flags Dr. in Arlington, Texas. For general information about the museum, call 817-385-8215 or visit: www.bowlingmuseum.com.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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