We have been running the National Museum Directors' Council newsletter since 2001. It's a monthly round-up of news from the museum sector and beyond, with a strong focus on big picture policy, innovation and sector activity. It is widely circulated to senior museum staff, cultural agencies, policy makers and politicians.

It is four years since our last readers' survey, and we would like to check that the newsletter is still meeting everyone's needs and to get your views about what should be added or removed. We've also had a new newsletter editor in the past six months, and she is keen to know if you've spotted any changes for better or worse in that time.

This survey should only take 3 minutes to complete and it is anonymous so please tell us what you really think!

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* 1. How would you rate the NMDC's newsletter overall?

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* 2. Which of the following best describes how you read the NMDC newsleter?

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* 3. How often do you do each of the following?

  Never Rarely Usually Always
use contents list to jump to specific articles
follow a link for more information
forward a particular article/link to someone else
forward whole newsletter to someone else

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* 4. In which format do you usually read the newsletter?

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* 5. The following subjects have been covered recently in the NMDC newsletter. Which of these are of interest to you? (tick as many or as few as you want)

  great interest some interest no interest
NMDC's activities
politics and Government policy on museums
wider government policy with implications for museums
Arts Council activities
wider cultural sector announcements - arts, heritage, libraries
education/museum learning
philanthropy/major donations
environmental sustainability
funding cuts
visitor figures and audience research
governance, human resources and charity law
digital technology, mobiles and websites
'futurology' - potential future trends in museums
copyright
tourism
social inclusion
cultural property
thefts/museum security
care of collections - guidelines, technological developments
major archaeological finds
major acquistions
funding opportunities
awards and prizes
news from NMDC members
international activities of UK museums
new museum buildings/major projects in UK and abroad
major news from leading international museums
EU and international cultural policy
parliamentary debates and legislation
job vacancies

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* 6. What other topics, if any, would you like to see included in the NMDC newsletter?

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* 7. The newsletter currently contains on average 35 - 50 short articles, grouped in sections, and a brief round up of news from NMDC member institutions. How does this suit your needs?

  Too much about right too little
length of newsletter
length and depth of articles
number of articles
breadth of subjects covered

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* 8. What do you like most about the NMDC newsletter?

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* 9. What do you least like about the NMDC newsletter?

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* 10. Do you follow @nmdcnews on Twitter?

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* 11. We don't plan to make the newsletter very image heavy, but have wondered about adding the occasional image. What are your views?

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* 12. Do you have any other comments to make or suggestions to improve the NMDC newsletter?

If you have time, it would be helpful to know a bit about you.

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* 13. Is your organisation

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* 14. Which of the following best describes your role?

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* 15. What are your other main sources of sector news?

Thank you very much for giving us feedback on the NMDC newsletter!

We'll be reviewing all the responses and taking them into account for future editions of the newsletter.

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