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About the International Planetarium Society

Membership Benefits --|-- How To Join

What kind of an organization is the International Planetarium Society?

What are its goals, benefits and services?


Photo from Community Solar System page of the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences.
www.lakeview-museum.org/planetarium-solarsystem.aspx

 

The International Planetarium Society is the global association of planetarium professionals. Its nearly 700 members come from 35 countries around the world. They represent schools, colleges and universities, museums, and public facilities of all sizes including both fixed and portable planetariums.

The primary goal of the Society is to encourage the sharing of ideas among its members through conferences, publications, and networking. By sharing their insights and creative work, IPS members become better planetarians.

IPS membership is open to anyone interested in planetariums. Members include directors, teachers, technicians, writers, artists, media specialists, digital artists and producers, presenters, vendors, scientists, students, and sponsors and friends of the planetarium dome and its starry sky.

More than 20 regional and national planetarium associations from around the world are affiliated with IPS. Representatives from those affiliates, together with the elected officers, make up the Executive Council, the ruling body of the organization.


Officers and Affiliate Organizations

Who are the elected officers of IPS, and what other planetarium organizations around the world are affiliated with it? These pages tell you who they, where they are located and how to contact them.

Rules and By-Laws

How is an organization like IPS governed? These pages provide a background on what helps keep the organization running smoothly.

Committees

Like any other professional group, IPS has a variety of committees that conduct various projects within our set organizational goals. This page shows what they are, their purpose and who to contact.

Elections

Links to election issues and candidates statements during election years.

History

Originally founded in 1970, IPS has decades of planetarium history behind it. This page points out some of the highlights from the past to be used as a gauge against the organization's future progress.

IPS Fellows and Service Awardees

Job Listings and Internships

Interested in working in the planetarium profession, or just looking to change jobs? This page can help you find what is currently available around the world and where to apply to.

 


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Membership Benefits

 

Type of Benefit

Individual

Institutional

Corporate

Planetarian Journal
IPS members receive the colorful quarterly journal (March, June, September, & December), filled with insightful articles and a wide range of feature columns and other items.

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Conferences
Biennial IPS conferences (Even numbered years) bring together hundreds of planetarium professionals for paper sessions, invited speakers, workshops, panel discussions, vendor demonstrations and exhibits. Members receive the "member rate” for registration.

The individual member may attend

A max of 3 staff from institution may attend

Unlimited staff from organization may attend

Proceedings
All members receive proceedings of IPS conferences containing texts of most contributed and invited papers and panel discussions.

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The IPS Directory
The planetarium directory is a comprehensive catalog of planetariums and planetarians worldwide. It contains a "yellow pages" listing hundreds of companies and organizations providing services to the planetarium community.

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Special publications
Recent volumes include a mythology booklet, a guide to special effects projectors, a portable planetarium handbook, and an astronomical songbook. Members receive publications produced in the years they are current.

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Members-only web resources
Current versions of the IPS directories are available in a Members-Only area on the IPS web site, as are the most recent issues of Planetarian. Other resources are being added to this exclusive area. A username and password are required.

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IPS News
A members-only listserve that distributes summaries of current astronomical news releases and other items pertinent to IPS members.

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Video services
Discounted subscription rates to the IPS video compilations, which deliver still images and extensive video footage from NASA, ESA, & the Space Telescope.

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Volunteering for IPS
IPS has many committees devoted to areas of interest for the membership. Volunteers for committees are recruited by the respective chairs from the membership; hence, members can actively shape the future of IPS and the planetarium profession.

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Mailing Labels
The full list of mailing labels for use in doing a mailing to the planetarium community

May be purchased at the member rate

May request 1 set per year FREE

May request 2 sets per year FREE

Voting Rights
Voting Privilege- As outlined in the By-Laws (Article III. Section 4) Members shall be entitled to one vote in person, by proxy, or by mail (postal or electronic) or fax as may be appropriate at any question pertaining to the Society.

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Plaques
Receive a photo engraved bronze plaque with yearly renewal tags: the right to display "IPS Member” (denoting Institutional or Corporate) on programs, letterhead, website, etc.: and may request copies of all available IPS publications (including back issues and special reports at the standard rate)

 

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Recognition in the Planetarian
Annually with a page that shows all of their logos, and may write a one page update once per year on their latest developments. Must coordinate with Planetarian Editor & Publication Chair.

 

 

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Listed on the IPS website
As corporate members using their logos as a link to their web pages. Must coordinate with Membership Chair & IPS Webmaster.

 

 

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c/o Ann Bragg, Treasurer   
Marietta College, 215 Fifth Street   
Marietta, Ohio 45750 USA