Meet the 2017 new board members!

Congratulations to our 5 newly appointed board members!

This year, 23 members of the community applied to fill five vacant seats on the MCN board. The Nominating Committee reviewed all applications against our current stated needs, as well as the strength and merit of each application, and shortlisted a slate of the five candidates it considered best suited for the role and organizational needs. The proposed selection was presented and discussed at July 2017 board meeting, followed by a vote to appoint the following five candidates as MCN Directors: Samantha Diamond, Susan Edwards, Desi Gonzalez, Mitchell Sava and Keir Winesmith (see their bios below).

Their three-year term will start this November. Please join me in congratulating them on their appointment.

We also want to extend a sincere thanks to all the other candidates who, driven by their passion for MCN and a desire to serve this community, also took the time to apply this year. Don’t let this discourage you from applying again in future years: often the choice between two candidates is timing and context. Many of our current board members applied more than once before being nominated.

So if you weren’t selected this time around, we want you to know that MCN is your community, and we encourage you to stay involved. This past year, the board has started to roll out a comprehensive Professional Development program aimed at engaging everyone member of the MCN community by providing pathways for professional growth throughout their careers in museums. There are many ways to get involved in addition to serving on the board, and we invite you to look into an opportunity that’s right for you. We are always looking for volunteers to join the Program Committee, as well as those interested in helping MCN develop inclusive practices and diversity. In many cases, a candidate’s demonstrated commitment to MCN will put them in good stead for a board role. For any questions about Professional Development opportunities, email us at ProfDev@mcn.edu.

We also want to let you know that the board appointed Elizabeth Bollwerk as Vice President/President-Elect effective November 2017. Beth was appointed to the board in 2015, and will lead as President in 2019 after Suse Anderson’s tenure as President next year.

I hope you will join us in Pittsburgh for MCN 2017, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Eric Longo
Executive Director
eric@mcn.edu

 

2017 Nominating Committee

  • Carolyn Royston, President
  • Suse Anderson, Vice President
  • Nik Honeysett, Director
  • Matt Tarr, Director
  • Eric Longo, Executive Director

Samantha Diamond

CEO, CultureConnect

Samantha is CEO of CultureConnect, an award-winning technology company delivering beautiful and meaningful digital experiences to the museum, arts, culture and heritage sector. CultureConnect has caught the attention of national press including NPR, FOX, CNBC, and Hyperallergic and produced award-winning mobile and digital experiences with clients from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Kimbell Art Museum to the New-York Historical Society and the Marine Mammal Center.

Samantha frequently speaks and consults as an expert on technology, culture, and design. Recent industry talks include CultureSummit Abu Dhabi, American Alliance of Museums, MuseumNEXT, Museums and the Web, Museum Computer Network, and the Southeast Museum Council.

Prior to CultureConnect, Samantha was on the executive team of 20×200, a VC-backed art e-commerce startup where she helmed double-digit growth of new business and oversaw company-wide operations. Before earning an MBA at Columbia Business School, Samantha developed expertise in strategy & operations at McMaster-Carr Supply Company’s leading management development program.

Samantha studied International Relations at Tufts University and began her career in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq for the State Department, USAID, an international health NGO and KBR. Her field research on political art in the DRC was later presented at academic conferences – an early step in a life-long passion to unite the arts, culture and politics.

Susan Edwards

Associate Director, Digital Content, The Hammer Museum

Susan Edwards is a digital content producer and strategist who has worked in museums for 20 years creating digital solutions for online and on-site visitor experiences. Since 2015, Susan has been Associate Director for Digital Content at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she oversees the website, social media, and video production, and helps guide the museum’s digital strategy. Previously, she worked at the J. Paul Getty Trust since 2001, where she collaborated with curators, scholars, and educators to develop online digital experiences for users. These included some of the first digital games in museums, the Getty Research Institute’s first experiments with digital collaboration tools for scholars, and digital publications. Susan began her museum career at the Seattle Art Museum, where she had five jobs in four years, including visitor services manager and curatorial associate.

Susan has been active in the museum technology community for over 10 years. Between 2013 and 2017, she was a board member for the American Alliance of Museum’s Media & Technology professional network. And in 2017 she served as co-chair of MCN’s #MCN50 Planning Committee. Susan has presented and led workshops at many museum technology and games conferences over the years, and served on the editorial boards of several journals and blogs. Susan holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and an M.A. in art history from the University of Michigan.

Desi Gonzalez

Manager of digital engagement, The Andy Warhol Museum

Desi Gonzalez writes, researches, and makes things at the intersection of art and technology. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she leads digital engagement at the Andy Warhol Museum. Before that, she designed educational tech at La Victoria Lab in Peru, developed interpretive experiences at the Museum of Modern Art, and managed a kids website at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Gonzalez has presented internationally about her work on design, technology, and engagement in museums. Her writing has has been featured in publications including Art in America, Art Papers, Indiewire, and The Brooklyn Rail.

She holds a B.A. in art history and linguistics from Emory University and an M.S. in comparative media studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mitchell Sava

VP of Innovation and Engagement, Museum of Life and Science

Mitch Sava is the Vice President of Innovation, Learning, and Engagement at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, where he has been since 2016. In this role, he helps drive the development of new services and partnerships – on and offline – for the museum to reach new audiences, create new revenue streams, and help the Museum achieve its mission of nurturing critical thinkers of all ages.

While he may be new to the world of museums, he has spent much of his career in the worlds of digital and innovation. He has over two decades of innovation experience across sectors, working with executives, social entrepreneurs, and policy-makers on how to unleash our innovative potential, and apply design thinking and digital forces to the way we live, work, and create value for others and ourselves.

He has helped establish innovation labs for government agencies, consultancies and companies, tried to reimagine the future of industries from insurance to beer, and worked with firms from pharmaceuticals to phones to avoid becoming the next “Blockbuster Video” of their industry. He has created and run initiatives to help start-ups, launched [barely successfully] a start-up of his own, and generally nudged various giant companies to act a bit more like start-ups themselves. Mitch has pushed policy with think-tanks, drafted resolutions for the UN, helped social innovators stay innovative, and designed new services with some of the most creative minds in business and the social sector. He has succeeded in various efforts, and failed in more.

Mitch holds an MPA in innovation and entrepreneurship policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MSc in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BS in Computer Science from the College of William & Mary. He is a founding member of the Innovation Work Group, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Advancement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce, where he led their project on “The Glory of Failure”. Mitch is an amateur winemaker, a lover of things cooked slowly, and a father often in quest of sleep.

Keir Winesmith

Head of Digital, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Keir is the Head of Web + Digital Platforms at SFMOMA and co-founder of SFMOMA Lab. He is a digital strategist, producer, writer and creative technologist who is committed to making change, and telling engaging stories, using technology. He’s led, and collaborated on, a number of award winning digital projects in Australia, Europe and the United States.

Keir hold a Ph.D. in new media, and degrees in Computer Science and Physics. He writes and speak frequently on in the intersection of digital and the arts, in particular the role of digital as an agent for organizational change. Most frequently at conferences and forums such as South by Southwest (SXSW), AIGA, Museums and the Web (MW), Nation Digital Form (NDF), and the Museum Computer Network (MCN). He, and his work, have been profiled in The NY Times, WIRED, SF Chronicle, National Public Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and, most recently, the Waco Tribune.

And he loves museums.

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2017 Call for MCN Board Directors (open June 1-30, 2017)

MCN board meeting

We’re pleased to announce the 2017 call for candidates to be considered for a seat on the Board of Directors of MCN. This year, MCN is looking to recruit five (5) board members to replace those whose term will be ending in November.

WHY SERVE ON THE MCN BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

MCN is a welcoming and candid community of professionals passionate about empowering individuals and their museums to address challenges and embrace opportunities within the evolving digital landscape.  

For many, serving on the board of MCN is a way to give back to an organization and a community that have helped them throughout their museum careers, but you will also benefit greatly from the experience. Serving on the Board of MCN also gives you an opportunity to be part of a team of talented museum professionals who, together with MCN’s Executive Director, shape the strategic direction of the organization and constantly think about new ways to better serve the needs of our community.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

2017 is a milestone year for MCN as it celebrates its 50th anniversary! Founded in 1967 by a group of museum professionals eager to explore how computers could change their work and that of museums, MCN has provided a space for our community to connect, share their experience and learn from each other, in order that we advance the thinking around emerging technologies in museums. Much has changed in the past 50 years, but what sparked MCN to life then, remains unchanged today – this is a testament to its vibrancy and relevance as we continue to lead our museums into the future.

For MCN to have a meaningful impact on its community, it is essential that the Board of Directors be composed of committed individuals that have the relevant skills and a wide range of perspectives to effectively lead the organization. Guided by the current 2016-2018 Strategic Plan, MCN is on a growth path, so this is an exciting time to be joining our Board.

We’re looking for leaders in our field to help MCN plan the next 3-year strategic priorities (2019-2021), and to contribute their expertise to make MCN the “go-to” professional support and development organization in our sector.

While all members of the community with an interest in serving MCN can certainly apply, we are particularly interested in candidates who bring specific expertise, or have a background and experience in one or more of the following key areas:

  • Membership development: In its 50th year, MCN is reexamining what it means to be a member organization. We are seeking a board member with the skills and experience to help us strategically develop, implement, and grow a new membership offer that best serves MCN members and the institutions as well as the community as a whole.
  • Fundraising / development expertise: To support its expansion in various programmatic areas, MCN is seeking a board member with skills in business development, strategic partnerships, sponsorship and fundraising development.
  • Strategy / planning / big picture thinking: In mid 2018, MCN will undertake a major new 3-year strategic planning process (2019-2021). We are seeking a board member with skills at strategic planning, big picture thinking, and organizational development to play a central role in the creation and roll out of our next 3-year strategic plan.
  • Marketing and community development: Communicating with our members and the broader MCN community is at the heart of what we do. We are seeking a board member with skills at marketing and community development to focus on the organization’s brand, messaging, and communication practices, particularly as we move into a new strategic planning cycle, and renew focus on our membership efforts.
  • Organizational diversity and inclusive practice: Conscious that diversity is only good as an idea when it is put in practice, we are recruiting for a dedicated board member to champion building inclusive practices into the organization’s fabric so that MCN is able to serve marginalised and underrepresented populations within our community and beyond.

WHAT’S EXPECTED OF MCN BOARD MEMBERS?

MCN’s Board of Directors is both a governance and a working board. In addition to the fiduciary duties expected from Directors of a 503(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, MCN Directors are also expected to volunteer some of their time and efforts in managing the organization according to MCN’s mission as well as the needs and interests of our community.

As a working board, MCN Directors are expected to dedicate about 8-12 hours per month working on MCN business, including attending  a monthly conference-call board meeting and other committee meetings. Additionally, they are also expected to attend two (2) annual board meetings in person: one the week of MCN’s Annual Conference (typically in November), and another, generally in the spring, the week of the Museums and the Web conference wherever that location may be. Directors cannot be compensated and MCN does not pay Directors for travel or other related expenses.

Once appointed, MCN Directors serve a three-year term. We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with MCN’s By-Laws.

As a reminder, the following section from the MCN Governance Guidelines lists the key expectations from MCN Board members:

  • 8-12 hours per month, depending upon activities
  • Play an active leadership role in delivering on MCN’s overall business in general and on assigned strategic priorities specifically
  • Attend and prepare for each Board meeting
  • Be prepared and willing to lead the Board and/or a committee
  • Join and participate actively in the activities of at least one committee
  • Follow, participate and contribute to online Board discussions in a timely manner
  • Make every reasonable effort to bring financial support to the Organization annually from external sources, e.g. identify and introduce sponsor prospects and secure sponsorships
  • Leverage personal relationships with others (including corporations, professional service firms, vendors, foundations, and individuals) to assist the staff of the Organization with implementing fundraising strategies, including adding names of potential sources of support to the Organization’s mailing list
  • Actively participate in the development of the annual conference
  • Attend the annual conference
  • Actively participate in MCN fundraising efforts
  • Travel at their own cost (MCN doesn’t cover travel expenses for Board members) to attend two (2) annual board meetings in person: one the week of MCN’s Annual Conference (typically in November), and another, generally in the spring, the week of the Museums and the Web conference wherever that location may be
  • Directors cannot be compensated and MCN does not pay Directors for travel or other related expenses

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

MCN encourages people from diverse backgrounds, institutions, and experiences to apply. MCN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression and identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

In addition, to ensure that a diverse range of institutions are represented on the Board, each individual institution may be represented by only one member of the Board at any given time. Candidates are encouraged to review the current Board members’ list below to check the institution that they are currently affiliated with.

WHAT’S THE NOMINATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS?

To be considered by our Nominating Committee, all you have to do is fill out an Application Form. If you believe someone you know would be a qualified candidate, please encourage them to apply. You will need to complete the Application Form by Friday June 30, 2017 at 11:59pm PT.  We will let you know if we require additional information about your application.

WHAT’S NEXT?

MCN’s 2017 Nominating Committee will review all applications and propose a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors for discussion, followed by a vote on the individual appointment of each proposed candidate for Director. We anticipate notifying successful candidates by early September 2017. The newly appointed Directors will also be announced on this page and shared with the MCN community on MCN-L.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

If you have any additional questions, please contact Eric Longo, MCN’s Executive Director at eric@mcn.edu.

2017 Board Application

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply or hope that you will refer someone you think would be a qualified candidate. Thank you for being a part of MCN.

MCN 2017 Nominating Committee

 Carolyn Royston, President
 Suse Anderson, VP-President Elect
 Nik Honeysett, Director
 Matthew Tarr, Director
 Eric Longo, Executive Director

 

2017 MCN board members list

Current Directors Term Start Term Ends Organization/Affiliation
Carolyn Royston 2012 2017 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Nik Honeysett 2013 2017 Balboa Park Online Collaborative
Tim Svenonius 2013 2017 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Laura Mann  2015 2018 Frankly, Green & Webb
Elizabeth Bollwerk 2015 2018  Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Suse Anderson 2015  2018 George Washington University
Bert Degenhart Drencht 2015 2018  Axiell Group
Greg Albers 2016 2019 J. Paul Getty Trust
Deborah Howes 2016 2019 Educator and museum consultant
Darren Milligan 2016 2019 Smithsonian, Center for Learning & Digital Access
Lori Byrd-McDevitt 2016 2019 Children’s Museum Indianapolis
Matthew Tarr 2016 2019 American Museum of Natural History
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Support AAM’s Speak Up for Museums campaign

Like many of our peer organizations, we, at MCN (Museum Computer Network), were alarmed today to see the dramatic scale of the proposed cuts to federal funding of America’s arts and cultural organizations. While MCN isn’t formally an advocacy agency, our members represent a wide range of information professionals from hundreds of cultural sector institutions in the United States, and around the world. We are therefore joining our colleagues at AAM, the NEA, NEH, and IMLS in registering our dismay in the proposed changes, which will significantly impact cultural life in the USA. As Philip Kennicott and Peggy McGlone of the Washington Post note: “Federal dollars are used to leverage state, local and private funding that supports a complex network of arts organizations, educational entities, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates.” In other words, each federal dollar cut from arts funding will eliminate more dollars from organizational budgets: many institutions across this nation will not survive this loss of support, and the communities they serve will be severely and irreversibly impacted.

We encourage all of our members, and our broader community, to join the American Alliance of Museum’s Speak Up for Museums campaign, and demonstrate your support for these vital arts and cultural organizations.

 

Board of Directors, MCN

 

For reference, other community organizations’ statements below:

IMLS: https://www.imls.gov/news-events/news-releases/institute-museum-and-library-services-issues-statement-presidents-proposed

NEH: https://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2017-03-16

NEA: https://www.arts.gov/

AAM: http://www.aam-us.org/about-us/media-room/american-alliance-of-museums-statement-on-the-presidents-preliminary-budget-proposal-for-fiscal-year-2018

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Snowstorms, Strategy and Making Membership Great (Again).

2017 board retreat

Nik Honeysett, Carolyn Royston, Elizabeth Bollwerk, Laura Mann, Bert Degenhart Drenth, Eric Longo, Suse Anderson, Julie Aldridge, Deborah Howes

For the second year in a row, a small group of MCN board members–Carolyn Royston (President), Suse Anderson (VP/Pdt Elect), Bert Degenhart Drenth (Treasurer), Laura Mann (Strategic Partnerships chair), Elizabeth Bollwerk (Professional Development chair), Deborah Howes, and Nik Honeysett–joined me at the Newark Airport Hilton on a recent weekend for a strategic retreat. Holding a retreat in February in the Northeast can be a bit of gamble; we were just lucky to have it right in the middle of two snow storms. MCN luck.

These annual mini strategic retreats provide MCN’s leadership an opportunity to come together to focus on a specific strategic area of the organization, as we continue to deliver on our current Strategic Plan. Last year, we focussed on rethinking our approach to strategic partnerships, and our sponsorship offer in particular. This year, we wanted to think about designing a more viable business model for MCN, and specifically focus on membership as driver for long-term sustainability. To guide us through these questions, we invited Julie Aldridge to facilitate the weekend. Formerly Executive Director of the Arts Marketing Association (AMA), a UK-based membership organization, which she led for almost 12 years, Julie is now a consultant specializing in business planning, marketing, membership strategy, leadership, and organizational development.

Reflecting on what MCN means to you

Based on Simon Sinek’s Start With Why approach, Julie immediately challenged us to think through MCN’s alignment of its vision (why we exist) with its delivery model (what it does to deliver on its vision), and then reflect on the impact MCN has on its members, the museums or other cultural organizations they work for, and the museum sector in general. We quickly realized that we had a lot of work to do to align what MCN means to you, our members, with the impact it could have on museums and the sector at large.

Julie then walked us through the findings from the 2017 MCN Community Survey, conducted in January, which saw 203 total responses, including 97 from current members (thank you for your thoughtful comments!). While none of the findings were really surprising to us, they reinforced how you (current and lapsed members, and not yet members) perceive MCN: 50 years since its founding, an undisputed source of inspiration, professional connections, and learning.

Here are a few responses from, you, our community about what MCN is to you that really resonated with us and we wanted to share:

“A ‘go to’ group of professionals who are on the cutting edge of the role of digital technology and resources in museums and who have supported the advancement of the entire museum field.”

“A bunch of hardworking good-hearted nerds who love their work, and they want to change the world but they’re too busy talking about museums.”

“I heard someone comment that at other conferences they feel like they are part of a professional organization, but that with MCN they feel like they are part of a community.”

“Most valuable museum community.”

“An organization that anyone working in technology in the museum sector should be a member of.”

You also voiced the need for more formalized skill training, availability of online resources, and leadership building opportunities such as mentoring. We will be working on projects geared towards meeting those needs in the upcoming year.

With this in mind, and using Strategyzer’s Business Model Canvas–a strategic tool that allows organizations to describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot a business model–we quickly moved to exploring a range of possible business models for MCN to achieve that alignment of purpose and impact. At the heart of these discussions was a focus on membership, and what it means for MCN to be a member organization now, and into the future. Although it became apparent that MCN has significant opportunities to continue to evolve in order to better meet the needs of our community, there simply was not enough time for us to “pin down” a specific direction without the collective input from the rest of the board, which we will seek in the weeks ahead to further our thinking around the myriad of ideas we generated over the weekend.

2017 board retreat

2017 board retreat

Things to watch out for, and what that means for you as a member of MCN

Retreats are always too short but they also work in iterative ways, bubbling up ideas along the way but also cementing others that we all keep coming back to. Clearly, we need to do more work and continue to experiment with canvassing possible business models for MCN. In the meantime, we are planning on rolling out a series of changes throughout 2017 and beyond, that will make your MCN membership even more compelling and rewarding.  

All business but no play? Not really, we are MCN’ers after all!

After a furiously intensive first day, we headed downtown Newark for dinner at Fornos of Spain, and because a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let you enjoy it. Let’s just say, we had a great time.

2017 board retreat dinner

2017 board retreat dinner

So stay tuned as we announce some changes to your MCN membership in the months ahead, and make sure to keep abreast of the many #mcn50 activities throughout 2017. If you can’t wait until MCN2017 to get together with other MCN’ers, check out our Throw MCN a Birthday Party kit.

You are MCN, and the sense of community and connection that unites you to MCN remains undisputedly strong and vibrant. For the leadership, this means we need to make sure that MCN stays relevant not only to your everyday work, throughout your career, but also to the institutions you work for, the museum sector as a whole, as well as future generations of museum professionals. Thank you and happy birthday MCN!

 

Eric Longo
Executive Director, MCN

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Meet MCN’s new board members

Congratulations to our 5 newly appointed board members!

Judging from the number of applications received during the Call for Board Candidates in June, serving on the MCN board seems to be a coveted opportunity among members of our community: we received 30 applications in total (10 more than last year) for only 5 spots available on the board this year.

The 2016 Nominating Committee (Loic Tallon, Carolyn Royston, Jane Alexander, Elizabeth Bollwerk and Eric Longo) thoroughly reviewed each candidate against current board needs in skill sets and expertise, as well as based on the strength and merit of individual applications. It wasn’t (it never is) an easy decision. But in the end, we had to select 5 candidates, which we presented to the Board of Directors during its July 2016 monthly meeting. Following a discussion on the candidates, I’m delighted to announce that the following five people have been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of MCN: Greg Albers, Lori Byrd-McDevitt, Deborah Howes, Darren Milligan, and Matthew Tarr (see their bios below).

Their three-year term will start this November. Please join us in congratulating them on their appointment.

We also want to extend a sincere thanks to all the other candidates who, driven by a passion for MCN and a desire to serve its community, also took the time to apply this year. Don’t let this discourage you from applying again in future years: often, when it comes down to it, the choice between 2 candidates is based on timing and context. Although you weren’t selected this time around, we want you to know that MCN is your community, and we encourage you to stay involved. This past year, the board has started to focus on a comprehensive Professional Development program aimed at engaging all members of the MCN community by providing pathways for professional growth throughout their careers in museums. There are many ways to get involved in addition to serving on the board, and we invite you to look into an opportunity that’s right for you. For any questions about Professional Development opportunities, email us at ProfDev@mcn.edu.

Congratulations again to our new board members!

Eric Longo
Executive Director, MCN

 

Greg Albers

Digital Publications Manager, J. Paul Getty Trust

Greg Albers is the digital publications manager at the Getty, leading an effort there to create innovative digital books, develop open source and collaborative publishing platforms, and build a community of interest and experience in technology at the Getty and among art and museum publishers everywhere. Greg began his career with museums in 2001 at the MFA Boston, and then in 2002 took over as publications manager at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where he oversaw all design and print production, as well the museum’s graphic rebranding. In 2007, Greg left the Gardner to start Hol Art Books, an independent press—publishing writing on visual art in both print and digital editions. He came to the Getty in 2013.

Greg has spoken and taught about digital publishing and tech literacy and culture extensively, including for Museums and the Web, the National Museum Publishing Seminar, Art Libraries Society of North America, Books in Browsers, ebookcraft, and the Society for Photographic Education. He was also a long-time contributing member of the Beyond the Printed Page digital publishing blog, which won an MW Best of the Web Award in 2013. In 2016 he launched a new interest group for Art and Museum Digital Publishing, now with nearly 100 members from museums and publishers around the world. For MCN, Greg served on the conference programming committee in 2015 and 2016. He has led numerous MCN workshops and panel discussions on digital publishing and culture, as well as an ignite talk in 2014, in which he compared himself to George Clooney and considered tugboats as a metaphor for digital work in museums. Chug chug.

Lori Byrd-McDevitt

Manager of Digital Content and Social Media, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

A teacher-turned-museum-professional, Lori Byrd-McDevitt now serves as the Manager of Digital Content and Social Media at the largest children’s museum in the world—The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Lori holds an M.A. in museum studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Through leadership roles within the Wikipedia community, Lori established globally-adopted processes for collaboration between Wikipedians and museum professionals. This led her to be inspired by the potential of open, digital platforms to engage new voices. Her research centers on the concept of Open Authority, a term she developed to encourage community collaboration in the interpretation of cultural heritage. She has been published in Curator: The Museum Journal (2013), Mia Ridge’s Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage (2014), and has been cited in the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: Museum Edition (2012, 2015) and the Center for the Future of Museums’ TrendsWatch (2015).

Day to day, Lori strategizes and manages content across The Children’s Museum’s blog, eNews, and social media, as well as a Blog Ambassador program and the museum’s recurring digital engagement projects. In her extraordinary museum, one day the content is dinosaurs…the next, it’s astronauts!

Deborah Howes

Independent museum, education and technology consultant, art educator, and adjunct faculty member in the M.A Program in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

After 30 years of technology and education leadership in art museums, Deborah is excited to serve on the MCN Board and support the organization’s work: there has never been a more important time for all museum staff to have accurate, up-to-date and forward thinking resources to help navigate the future of 21st-century museums. Although past is not always prologue–especially with technology–Deborah believes that her career experiences as well as current projects will serve MCN well.

As the former Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Ms. Howes oversaw the development of an online course program, including a highly successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and long-term partnership with Coursera. From 2009 through 2011 Howes served as Assistant Director and full-time faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies program, where she developed and taught many of the education and technology-oriented online course offerings, as well as some on-ground seminars. Previously for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, she led her team of educators, producers and technicians to create award-winning educational materials in print, video and web formats for use both inside and outside the museum. This same team managed the creation and execution of the technical aspects of the Uris Center for Education, reopened in 2007.

Howes lectures about museums, technology, art, and education at international conferences and universities, including University of Edinburgh, University of Melbourne, University of Chicago and New York University. She regularly presents at conferences such as Museums and the Web and Digital Media Learning, and publishes widely on leading teaching strategies and tools. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in art history with honors from Wellesley College.

Darren Milligan

Senior Digital Strategist, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Learning and Digital Access

Darren Milligan

For the past ten years, Darren has led strategy for digital outreach at the Center for Learning and Digital Access at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. There he researches and develops tools and services for making online cultural and scientific heritage resources accessible and useful to educators and learners. His work has included producing experiences such as online games and interactives, managing communication and marketing for teachers across the Smithsonian campus, developing methodologies for the development of standardized educationally-relevant metadata, and directing web platforms, including the online portal for educational resources at the Institution, SmithsonianEducation.org, and the new Smithsonian Learning Lab. Darren was formerly producer and art director of the teacher magazine, Smithsonian in Your Classroom, and the exhibition, The World of Your Senses, in collaboration with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Exploratorium.

Prior to the Smithsonian, Darren developed online citizen-science programs and mentoring communities at the Purple Martin Conservation Association in Pennsylvania, and worked in corporate marketing for several dot-com-era B2B software companies.

When not at work, Darren is travelling and shooting photographs, and his work has appeared in print and digital publications produced by Atlas Obscura, BoingBoing, Buzzfeed, CNET, Discover, IFL Science, io9, Khan Academy, Leica, Lonely Planet, Modern Art Notes, Phaidon, ReadWriteWeb, Spiegel, Wired, and Yahoo.

He holds a master’s degree in Digital Heritage from the University of Leicester and bachelor of science degrees in Ethology and Latin American Popular Cultures from Allegheny College and is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Matthew Tarr

Director, Digital Architect, American Museum of Natural History

Matt is the Director of Digital Architecture at the American Museum of Natural History. He leads cross-departmental efforts of technologists, designers, educators and scientists in the development of web and mobile-app experiences, extending the scientific mission beyond the Museum’s walls. As a bachelor in Anthropology, enriched by 20+ years of experience at all levels of the digital stack (from server administration to UX & interaction design), Matt brings a deep understanding of technology to digital product and experience design. In addition to his work at the Museum, Matt has screened several dance films at dozens of festivals and explored mixed-media and real-time audience engagement during an (interrupted) stint at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts MFA program. Matt lives in Jackson Heights, NYC with his wife and 4 kids, 3 boys and baby girl.

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2016 CALL FOR BOARD CANDIDATES

2015-06-28-20-24-08

We’re pleased to announce the 2016 call for candidates to be considered for a seat on the Board of Directors of MCN. This year, MCN is looking to recruit five (5) Board members to replace those whose term will be ending in November.

 

WHY SERVE ON THE MCN BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

MCN is a welcoming and candid community of professionals passionate about empowering museums to address challenges and embrace opportunities within the evolving digital landscape.  

For many, serving on the board of MCN is a way to give back to an organization and a community that have helped them throughout their museum careers. Serving on the Board of MCN also gives you an opportunity to be part of a team of talented museum professionals who, together, shape the strategic direction of the organization and constantly think about new ways to better serve the needs of our community.

WHY APPLY NOW?

In 2017, MCN will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, so this is an exciting time to be joining our Board. Not only are we looking for board candidates who will be able to help MCN plan this unique milestone but also to continue to execute the strategic priorities identified in the current 2016-2018 Strategic Plan. While all members of the community with an interest in serving MCN can certainly apply, we are particularly interested in candidates who bring specific expertise and experience in at least two or more of the following key areas:

  • Programming and content around the annual conference
  • Marketing, branding, public relations, and community engagement
  • Professional development
  • Fundraising / development expertise
  • IT / program / developer

WHAT’S EXPECTED OF MCN BOARD MEMBERS?

MCN’s Board of Directors is both a governance and a working board. In addition to the fiduciary duties expected from Directors of a 503(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, MCN Directors are also expected to volunteer some of their time and efforts in managing the organization according to MCN’s mission as well as the needs and interests of our community.

As a working board, MCN Directors are expected to dedicate about 5-8 hours per month working on MCN business, including attending  a monthly conference-call board meeting and other committee meetings. Additionally, they are also expected to attend two (2) annual board meetings in person: one the week of MCN’s Annual Conference (typically in November), and another, generally in the spring, the week of the Museums and the Web conference wherever that location may be. Directors cannot be compensated and MCN does not pay Directors for travel or other related expenses.

Once appointed, MCN Directors serve a three-year term . For reference,  MCN’s By-Laws are posted on our website; feel free to familiarize yourself with them.

As a reminder, the following section from the MCN Governance Guidelines lists the key expectations from MCN Board members:

  • 5-8 hours per month, depending upon activities
  • Play an active leadership role in delivering on MCN’s overall business in general and on assigned strategic priorities specifically
  • Attend and prepare for each Board meeting
  • Be prepared and willing to lead the Board and/or a committee
  • Join and participate actively in the activities of at least one committee
  • Follow, participate and contribute to online Board discussions in a timely manner
  • Make every reasonable effort to bring financial support to the Organization annually from external sources, e.g. identify and introduce sponsor prospects and secure sponsorships
  • Leverage personal relationships with others (including corporations, professional service firms, vendors, foundations, and individuals) to assist the staff of the Organization with implementing fundraising strategies, including adding names of potential sources of support to the Organization’s mailing list
  • Actively participate in the development of the annual conference
  • Attend the annual conference
  • Actively participate in MCN fundraising efforts
  • Travel at their own cost (MCN doesn’t cover travel expenses for Board members) to attend two (2) annual board meetings in person: one the week of MCN’s Annual Conference (typically in November), and another, generally in the spring, the week of the Museums and the Web conference wherever that location may be
  • Directors cannot be compensated and MCN does not pay Directors for travel or other related expenses

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. MCN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression and identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

In addition, to ensure that a diverse range of institutions are represented on the Board, each individual institution may be represented by only one member of the Board at any given time. Candidates are encouraged to review the current Board members’ list below to check the institution that they are currently affiliated with.

WHAT’S THE NOMINATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS?

If you’re interested in putting your hat in the ring, all you have to do is fill out the Application Form. If you believe someone you know would be a qualified candidate, that person will need to apply for themselves if they’d like to pursue.

HOW DO I APPLY?

For the Nominating Committee to consider your application for Board candidate, kindly complete the following Form by Thursday June 30, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.  We will let you know if we require additional information about your application.

WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO HEAR BACK?

The Nominating Committee will review all applications in early July 2016, and prepare a slate of the top five candidates that it believes are best suited to serve the needs of MCN in the next 3 years. The slate will be then discussed in a full Board of Directors meeting in late August 2016, during which the Board will vote on the individual appointment of each proposed candidate for Director. We will then notify successful candidates the first week of September 2016. The newly appointed Directors will also be announced on this page and shared with the MCN community on MCN-L.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

If you have any additional questions, please contact Eric Longo, Executive Director, MCN at eric@mcn.edu.

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We encourage all qualified candidates to apply or hope that you will refer someone you think would be a qualified candidate.

Thank you for being a part of MCN. #MCNLove

MCN 2016 Nominating Committee
Loic Tallon, President
Carolyn Royston, VP-President Elect
Jane Alexander, Director
Elizabeth Bollwerk, Director
Eric Longo, Executive Director

 

 

Current Directors Term Start Term Ends Organization/Affiliation
Loic Tallon 2013 2016 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jane Alexander 2013 2016 Cleveland Museum of Art
Dana Allen-Greil 2013 2016 National Archives
Yvel Guelcé 2013 2016 Children’s Museum Indianapolis
Morgan Holzer 2013 2016 Pivotal
Kyle Jaebker 2013 2016 (Formerly) IMA
Scott Sayre 2013 2016 Corning Museum of Glass
Carolyn Royston 2012 2017 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Amy Heibel 2014 2017 LACMA
Nik Honeysett 2014 2017 BPOC
Tim Svenonius 2014 2017 SFMOMA
Laura Mann 2015 2018 Frankly, Green & Webb
Elizabeth Bollwerk 2015 2018 Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Suse Cairns 2015 2018 Baltimore Museum of Art
Bert Degenhart Drencht 2015 2018 Axiell Group
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Welcome to our new conference program co-chairs!

By Suse Cairn, MCN Conference Program Chair

I’m delighted to announce that Jennifer Foley and Trish Oxford have agreed to join me as Co-Chairs for #MCN2016! Every year, the conference Program Committee has the daunting task of shaping the conference, from creating the Call for Proposals, to reading, discussing and deciding on the conference sessions, as well as the overall organization of the conference. It is a large and challenging task and I look forward to working with Jennifer and Trish to build this year’s event. Please join me in welcoming them to the team!

This is the first year that we ran an open call for the conference Co-Chair and the response from the community was amazing. If you haven’t yet been in touch, but are interested in helping shape the future of the annual conference, we’d love to hear from you. All ideas are welcome. Please write to program@mcn.edu

 

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Jennifer Foley

Jennifer Foley is the Director of Interpretation at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She and the CMA’s Interpretation team focus on connecting visitors to the museum’s collection and the intersection of digital technology and interpretation through exhibition audio and multimedia tours, exhibition interactives, and digital content in the museum’s collection-wide app, ArtLens. Before joining the CMA she held positions with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 
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Trish Oxford is a technologist, writer and artist specializing in digital communications to market and promote cultural initiatives driven by results. Most recently she served as the Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Her professional experience is anchored in technology, sales, and project management having worked for Yahoo! Inc., Cisco Systems, and her own online furniture company. Trish’s academic experience is entrenched in the creative arts. Having earned her M.F.A. in Media Arts at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA and her B.A. in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the mother of two little ones and wife to a wildcard artist/businessman, both of which serve as fodder for her passion for stand-up comedy.

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Welcome to the Board!

Following the 2015 Call for MCN Board Directors Candidates, we received 20 applications for only 4 Director vacancies. After reviewing each candidate’s outstanding application, the Nominating Committee selected the four candidates it believed best match the needs of the Board in the next three years as outlined in the Call for Candidates. The Board approved their nomination earlier this month, and we’re delighted to announce the appointment of the following four new members to MCN’s Board of Directors: Elizabeth Bollwerk, Suse Cairns, Bert Degenhart Drenth, and Laura Mann. They will start three-year terms next week in Minneapolis. Please help us welcome them in their new roles.

Eric Longo, Executive Director, MCN

Elizabeth Bollwerk

Archaeological Analyst, Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, Thomas Jefferson Foundation

BethAs an archaeologist who works with digital data, Elizabeth collaborates with researchers to analyze historic records and artifacts using digital methods to develop new ideas and interpretations of the past and, by extension, the present.

Elizabeth is passionate about the value of community engagement and has worked with a variety of cultural heritage organizations to gather feedback from audiences and members to ensure those institutions meet the needs of their communities. She is an active proponent of making museum collections and their associated data more accessible and relevant to the general public.

Elizabeth has served as MCN’s Volunteer Coordinator since 2012 and as co-Scholarship Coordinator since 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. Elizabeth has published pieces on Open Authority and Digital Public Archaeology in Museums and Social Issues and Advances in Archaeological Practice and is currently co-editing an upcoming volume entitled Museums as Critical Community Assets – A How to Guide. When she isn’t poring over artifacts or old maps, you can find her running or exploring the history and great outdoors of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Suse Cairns

Director of Audience Experience, Baltimore Museum of Art

SuseAn Australian living in Baltimore, Suse spent many years exploring the museum technology sector in the museumgeek blog, and as co-producer and host of Museopunks, a podcast for the progressive museum.

Suse is a prolific writer, and regular presenter at conferences including Museums & the Web (USA), Museums Australia, INTERCOM, MCN (USA), and the National Digital Forum (NZ). She has been published in CURATOR The Museum Journal, on the Museums Association UK website, and other websites and publications. Additionally, Suse has teaching experience at The University of Newcastle.

In 2015, Suse was Program Co-Chair for the MCN conference. She is on the Advisory Board for the NMC Horizon Report – Museum Edition and was on the founding Advisory Board for the Open Knowledge Foundation Network Australia.

Suse holds a PhD (Creative Arts), BArts (Comms – Print Journalism) from Charles Sturt University, and a BFA (Hons – 1st class, Faculty Medal) from The University of Newcastle. Since moving to Baltimore in 2014, Suse has fallen in love with the city she now calls home. You should visit her there one day.

Bert Degenhart Drenth

Chief Technology Officer, Axiell Group

BertBert Started his career in Museum Technology in 1983 as a system administrator for the Mardoc foundation in the Netherlands. This foundation supported computerized documentation for a group of maritime museum in the Netherlands. In 1986 Bert joined Databasix Computer Systems to start their local office in the Netherlands. DCS was the creator of the original Adlib software, in use in Archives, Libraries and Museums. In 1999 DCS sold their Archives, Museum and Libraries business to Bert and his colleagues and they formed Adlib Information Systems. Adlib ran independently until 2013 when it was sold to the Swedish Axiell group in 2013. Since then Bert has been the CTO of the Axiell group. Bert has been active in various non-profit organizations that support the use of ICT in the ALM domain, including the Z39.50 Implementors group, SIMIN, CIDOC and CIMI.

Laura Mann

Principal, Frankly, Green + Webb USA

LauraWith over twenty years experience in technology, culture, and learning, Laura is Principal and Founder of Frankly, Green + Webb USA, a consultancy providing digital and mobile strategy, research and experience design to the cultural sector. Laura led business development at Antenna (now Antenna International), driving its rapid growth from innovative newcomer to market leader in mobile experiences for the cultural sector. At Mediatrope Interactive, she developed award-winning web and software applications for large museum and nonprofit clients.

In 2013, Laura joined Frankly, Green + Webb to launch the firm’s US office. Her work as a consultant in grounded in her years of hands-on experience in digital technology. She’s deeply committed to providing research, insight and design solutions that deliver real value to organizations and their audiences. She has recently led projects for SFMOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center and Wellcome Collection.

Laura holds a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and she was a Ph.D. Mellon Fellow in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not working, you’ll find her cycling around Oakland, California with her twins in the back of her cargo bike.

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2015 Call for MCN Board Directors Candidates

2015-06-28-20-24-08

NOTE: The deadline has passed.

The Nominating Committee will review all applications the week of October 13, 2015 and prepare a slate of the top four candidates that it believes are best suited to serve the needs of MCN in the next 3 years. That slate will be then shared with the full Board of Directors to vote on the individual appointment of each proposed candidate for Director. We anticipate notifying successful candidates the week of October 19, 2015. The newly appointed Directors will also be announced on this page and shared with the MCN community on MCN-L.


 

In accordance with the recently revised By-Laws, MCN’s Nominating Committee is calling for candidates to serve as Directors on the Board of MCN.

This year, MCN is looking to fill four (4) Director vacancies on the Board.

WHY SERVE ON THE MCN BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

MCN is a welcoming and candid community of professionals passionate about empowering museums to address challenges and embrace opportunities within the evolving digital landscape.  

For many, serving on the board of MCN is a way to give back to an organization and a community that have helped them throughout their museum careers. Serving on the Board of MCN also gives you an opportunity to be part of a team of talented museum professionals who, together, shape the strategic direction of the organization and constantly think about new ways to better serve the needs of our community.

WHY APPLY NOW?

In 2017, MCN will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, so this is an exciting time to join our Board. Not only are we looking for board candidates who will be able to help MCN plan this unique milestone but also to execute a new set of strategic priorities currently being finalized. While all members of the community with an interest in serving MCN can certainly apply, we are particularly interested in candidates who bring specific expertise and experience in at least two or more of the following key areas:

  • Conference programming and professional development
  • Business development (fundraising & sponsorships) and strategic partnerships
  • Marketing, branding, public relations, and community engagement
  • Management of volunteer programs
  • Nonprofit management and/or governance


WHAT’S EXPECTED OF MCN BOARD MEMBERS?

MCN’s Board of Directors is both a governance and a working board. In addition to the fiduciary duties expected from Directors of a 503(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, MCN Directors are also expected to volunteer some of their time and efforts in managing the organization according to MCN’s mission as well as the needs and interests of our community.

As a working board, MCN Directors are expected to dedicate between 3-4 hours a month (often more) working on MCN business, including attending  a monthly conference-call board meeting and other committee meetings. Additionally, they are also expected to attend two (2) annual board meetings in person: one the week of MCN’s Annual Conference (typically in November), and another, generally in the spring, the week of the Museums and the Web conference wherever that location may be. Directors cannot be compensated and MCN does not pay Directors for travel or other related expenses.

Once appointed, MCN Directors serve a three-year term . For reference,  MCN’s By-Laws are posted on our website: http://mcn.edu/about/governance/

WHAT’S THE NOMINATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS?

If you’re interested in putting your hat in the ring, all you have to do is fill out this Application Form. If you believe someone you know would be a qualified candidate, that person will need to apply for themselves if they’d like to pursue.

HOW DO I APPLY?

For the Nominating Committee to consider your candidacy as a Board candidate, kindly complete the following Application Form by Friday October 9, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

We will let you know if additional information about your application is required

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. MCN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression and identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO HEAR BACK?

The Nominating Committee will review all applications the week of October 13, 2015 and prepare a slate of the top four candidates that it believes are best suited to serve the needs of MCN in the next 3 years. That slate will be then shared with the full Board of Directors to vote on the individual appointment of each proposed candidate for Director. We anticipate notifying successful candidates the week of October 19, 2015. The newly appointed Directors will also be announced on this page and shared with the MCN community on MCN-L.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

If you have any additional questions, please contact Eric Longo, Executive Director, MCN at eric@mcn.edu.

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We encourage all qualified candidates to apply or hope that you will refer someone you think would be a qualified candidate.

Thank you for being a part of MCN. #MCNLove

The 2015 MCN’s Nominating Committee is composed of the following individuals:

   Liz Neely, President
   Loic Tallon, VP-President Elect
   Scott Sayre, Director
   Amy Heibel, Director
   Eric Longo, Executive Director

 

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