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Buffalo Museum of Science

Buffalo, New York

ILE worked closely with staff on assessment of existing programs, staffing, and facility uses. We also coordinated with Gyroscope on experience planning.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Burlington, Vermont

ILE worked with staff to assess the operations and facilities of ECHO. We developed a new master plan which has largely been implemented.

World War II Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

ILE developed a strategic plan for the interpretation of the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge and its scientific and technological implications. We recommended preservation of part of the massive K-25 gaseous diffusion plant. We now are assisting the Atomic Heritage Foundation in development of a traveling exhibition about the Manhattan Project.

Historic Naples, Florida train station, now a museum

Naples, Florida

ILE consulted with the operators of this historic railroad station about further development of its interpretive program. It now is a part of the Collier Country Museum.

Mastodon skeleton at the Museum of the Earth

Ithaca, New York

ILE worked closely with staff to determine how to grow the Museum of the Earth, the public face of the Paleontological Research institution. It now is a flourishing paleontology museum.

Dinosaur exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Drumheller, Alberta

ILE conducted (mid-winter) field examination of numerous fossil sites in Alberta in order to extend the programming of this museum to encompass more of the paleontology story of the province.

The Shanghai Natural History Museum

Shanghai, China

ILE is currently completing an assignment as a content advisor for the massive new natural history museum under construction. It is due to open in 2014.

Mac West at the elephant sanctuary

Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

Mac was appointed a Fulbright Specialist and worked with the Sri Lanka National Science Foundation in 2010 on preliminary planning for that nation’s first science center. Unfortunately the plan has yet to be implemented.


ILE is hiring!

Informal Learning Experiences (ILE) is seeking a part time(60%) Associate.

ILE is a small consulting firm that works with museums, zoos, aquariums, public agencies, funding agencies and national education and professional associations and societies. We consult on the planning, development, and expansion of institutions; on the development of educational and recreational activities; and on strategies and funding for the implementation of programs and exhibitions. We produce two resources for the field—a searchable online database of traveling exhibitions and a bimonthly 24-page journal, The Informal Learning Review. We have a substantial national and growing international clientele.

 The Associate works closely with the primary consultant on virtually every aspect of our various services to the informal learning community. Thus, while there is an employer-employee relationship, the firm functions on a collegial basis and requires considerable autonomy and independent initiative from the Associate.

Duties and Responsibilities

Resource Management

The Informal Learning Review (ILR)

  • Process subscription requests and renewals daily (QuickBooks Pro)
  • Prepare and mail bulk mailings of ILR
  • Prepare and mail bimonthly renewal invoices (QuickBooks Pro)
  • Copyedit and prepare images for ILR
  • Communicate with graphic designer
  • Opportunity to publish appropriate articles in ILR

 Traveling Exhibitions Database (TED)

  • Process subscription requests, invoices, and renewals daily (QuickBooks Pro)
  • Monitor and update exhibition listings and subscribers on the web site
  • Possibly attend national conferences twice yearly to network with exhibition producers and venues and to coordinate Traveling Exhibitions Forum

 Office Management

  • Maintain subscriber contact and subscription information (QuickBooks Pro, MS Exel)
  • Conduct online marketing for ILR and TED
  • Ensure immediate and complete client satisfaction
  • Answer office phone and respond to email messages
  • Maintain/reorder office supplies
  • Monitor and edit new Web site
  • Maintain internal LAN, track software and hardware needs and opportunities
  • Maintain professional manner when communicating with clients
  • Minor tech support and computer as necessary (Windows XP, 3 desktops, 1 laptop, printers, etc.)
  • Work with IT consultants for larger computer issues

 Consulting Assistance

  • Conduct project-related research
  • Meet with clients at their sites or communicate by phone/email
  • Arrange client meetings and prepare related presentation materials
  • Assist with proposal and report preparation, including editing, formatting and production

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Dependability
  • Ability to work independently & without direct supervision
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Well-developed computer and IT skills, including troubleshooting for web site, communication, and database management programs
  • Dedication to the museum profession, informal learning organizations and agencies, and not-for-profit organizations
  • Excellent telephone personality
  • Sense of humor

Working Conditions

ILE is based in a home office in the residential neighborhood of Park Hill, Denver. It includes a separate entrance, full kitchen access, and free unrestricted on-street parking. The Associate must have his/her own transportation and be able to run occasional work-related errands during the day.

The working pattern is a 24-hour week, between 9 and 5, M through F, with major holidays closed.  Associate works in the ILE office 100% of the time, except during business-related travel.  Travel expenses are reimbursed.  ILE offers a competitive hourly salary without benefits.

Application Process

An introductory letter; academic resume; summary of relevant experience; and names, affiliations, and contact information for three personal and/or professional references should be sent to Dr. Robert M. West, President, Informal Learning Experiences at

 The position is available immediately and is open until filled.


We are excited to introduce the new Informal Learning Experiences website! We have made some major improvements to our website and our Traveling Exhibitions Database.

If you are an existing TED subscriber, you are probably wondering how to access the database. You will now need to use the "Sign In or Register" tab at the top of the page to login. Your login information will still be the same as before. Once logged in, click Exhibitions Database from the menu, and enter in the keywords to search for!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us here.

About Us.

Informal learning environments—including but not limited to museums, zoos, nature centers, cultural centers, and numerous out-of-school places—give people of all ages the opportunity to be engaged and inspired as they learn about a topic, particularly through their varied interactions with objects and people. Informal Learning Experiences, Inc. supports museums, government and cultural organizations, associations and societies, universities, foundations, and commercial exhibitions in the development of programs and exhibitions as well as effective management strategies that create opportunities for people to connect to their own lives in meaningful ways.

Our Services.

In addition to its broad and effective consulting services, ILE provides a comprehensive list of available traveling exhibitions in its Traveling Exhibitions Database (TED). We share ideas about the informal learning world through articles in the bi-monthly Informal Learning Review (ILR). Each year, we host the Traveling Exhibitions Forum, where we bring together traveling exhibition producers and leaders from potential venues at professional conferences like ASTC and AMM. ILE is a regular participant in and contributor to regional, national, and international meetings and conferences.

Who we are.

Robert "Mac" West, Principal

Mac West has been involved with informal education in a variety of museums and other attractions for more than thirty years. In addition to his extensive teaching experience in the Biology Department of Adelphi University (NY), and the Department of Geo... Read full bio »

Jennie Crate, Consultant Associate

Jennie graduated from George Washington University in 2011 with her M.A. in Museum Studies and a focus on Exhibition Development and Design.  She completed internships in Exhibit Graphic Design at the Smithsonian National  Air and Space Museum... Read full bio »

Emilie Khlap, Bookkeeper

Emilie Khlap joined ILE in September 2012. She has 7+ years experience in bookkeeping, payroll, and human resources. Emilie has worked in these fields for many different industries, both large and small businesses. Some examples are the International... Read full bio » Read full bio »


We work with established and emerging organizations of many sorts to help them ensure stability and sustainability, community relevance, and clear and contemporary messaging. 

Traveling Exhibitions Database
ILE's Traveling Exhibitions Database (TED) is a comprehensive, growing database of traveling exhibitions currently available or in development.

Informal Learning Review
The Informal Learning Review (ILR) is ILE's instrument for bringing research and understanding of the informal learning industry to the field in a broad fashion.

Traveling Exhibitions Forum
Each year, ILE hosts the Traveling Exhibitions Forum breakfast at the American Alliance of Museums and at the Association of Science Technology Centers.

Eleventh-Hour Listings
Last-minute availability listings from the Traveling Exhibitions Database. Available to the public.