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Your new MCN Special Interest Group (SIG) Chairs and Vice Chairs

In December we held the very first SIG Chair elections. The voter turn out was impressive, which shows that our SIGs are an important part of the MCN community. Strong SIGs foster discussion and collaboration among colleagues and this is at the heart of what MCN does.

Not part of a SIG? Want to be? Click on the links below and you’ll find a sign up form on each SIG’s page, you can join as many SIGs as you like!

 

Digital Asset Management

  • Chair: Julie Shean, Technical Architect, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

image014Currently leading a multi-phase project to migrate all of the Met’s audio, video, and still image content into a new enterprise digital asset management system (launching in 2016). I have over a decade of experience supporting DAM software products including Canto, Xinet, MediaBin, and NetXposure and am a member of professional groups related to digital asset management technology (“DAM Guru Program” since 2013). Interested in collaborating with colleagues in the MCN community to share resources and define best practices for DAM product selection and procurement, system architecture, metadata and taxonomy, workflow design, digital media archiving, and systems integrations (with TMS, online publications, and photography ordering systems).

  • Vice Chair: Susan Wamsley, Digital Asset Manager, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

image015I have worked for over ten years in the field of digital asset management setting up DAM systems from analog photography libraries for global companies. In my current role, I work closely with all museum departments to facilitate digital media asset submissions into the museum DAM system. Following the museum’s archival and metadata standards, I ensure the integrity and reliability of the information in the system and provide support to all users. I also research and provide recommendations on best practices for software, asset preservation and digital rights management. I have encountered and solved many implementation, workflow and user adoption issues over the years and am excited to share my knowledge.

 

Digital Imaging

  • Chair: Dan Dennehy, Senior Photographer and Head of Visual Resources, Minneapolis Institute of Art

image032As Senior Photographer and Head of Visual Resources at Minneapolis Institute of Art, I lead a department responsible for collection imaging, digital asset management and image rights issues. As a member of Mia’s Media and Technology Division, I have the pleasure of working with a creative team of makers and developers dedicated to finding the most innovative ways of bringing our collections and communities together. It has never been a more exciting time to be involved with art and imaging, as new computational techniques revolutionize our practice. I would be honored to help lead the efforts of MCN’s Digital Media SIG in facilitating dialogue around our current and future challenges.

  • Vice Chair: Kurt Heumiller, Senior Imaging Systems Specialist, Yale Center for British Art

image030Since 2008, Kurt Heumiller has worked in the Imaging Systems and Intellectual Property department at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT. He currently serves as the Senior Imaging Systems specialist where his areas of focus include imaging workflows, color management, and digital asset management. He also has an interest in emerging technologies such as Reflectance Transform Imaging, 3D imaging and printing, and VR sysstems. In addition to MCN, he is also a member of the ImageMuse museum imaging group.

 

Digital Strategies & Transformations

  • Chair: Jeff Steward, Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology, Harvard Art Museums

image024Jeff Steward is the Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology (DIET) at the Harvard Art Museums. For the past 17 years he has worked at museums with museum data. He provides leadership and guidance on the use of a wide range of technologies at the museums to reshape the museum experience inside and out. In November 2014 he helped launch the Lightbox Gallery, a public research and development space, in the newly renovated Harvard Art Museums.

  • Vice Chair: Janet Strohl-Morgan, Associate Director for Information & Technology, Princeton University Art Museum

image022Janet Strohl-Morgan is the Associate Director for Information and Technology at the Princeton University Art Museum. Janet oversees a department dedicated to providing universal digital access to the Museum’s collections. Janet leads a team of people with responsibilities for all aspects of information management, digitization, collections documentation, web, new media and mobile-based initiatives, collections-related online and in-gallery initiatives, social strategies, and technology at the Museum. Janet is the co-chair of MCN’s Digital Strategies & Transformations SIG. She has presented at Museum Computer Network, Museums and the Web, New Media Consortium, and The Digital World of Art History. Janet holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with an interdisciplinary focus and a Bachelor of Computer Science, both from Rutgers University. Janet feels as leader of setting strategic direction for information management and technology for her own museum, she is able to facilitate sharing knowledge across institutions through continuing her role as a co-chair. Janet is excited to continue her time with the many talented and dedicated colleagues of MCN.

 

Educational & Interpretive Media

  • Chair: Jennifer Foley, Director of Interpretation, Cleveland Museum of Art

image018Jennifer 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 collection and the intersection of digital technology and interpretation, particularly through the development of exhibition audio and multimedia tours, exhibition interactives, and digital content through the museum’s collection-wide app, ArtLens. She has actively participated in MCN since 2011, and was one of the inaugural co-chairs of the Educational and Interpretive Media SIG when it was established earlier this year, and is dedicated to growing this community of practice.

  • Vice Chair: Emily Fry, Lead Interpretation Planner, Peabody Essex Museum

image020Emily Fry is Lead Interpretation Planner at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. She specializes in integrating analog and digital technologies for developing engaging, innovative, and inclusive audience experiences. In her current position she brings leading-edge methods of interpretation to the development of interpretation at PEM. She has presented nationally and internationally on interpretation in cultural institutions and the intersection between audience research and digital interpretation. Emily has actively participated in MCN since 2010 and in her current role leading the Interpretation Planners Pre-conference, she will dedicate cultivating the Educational and Interpretive SIG to build bridges across disciplines and support professional development for educators and interpretive specialists.

 

Information Technology

  • Chair: Janice Craddock, Director of Information Technology, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

image010As Director of Information Technology, Janice heads a department of three to provide technical support for about 120 staff. In her thirty years at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, she has seen firsthand how technology has changed, evolving into an increasingly vital role supporting the institutional mission—a change she has also witnessed during her twenty years involved with MCN. As IT SIG chair, Janice’s aim is to support new IT professionals and engage those with more experience in ongoing conversations about the fundamentals of IT operations and emerging technologies.

  • Vice Chair: Brian Dawson, Chief Digital Officer, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

image012Brian is the Chief Digital Officer at the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which also operates the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.  As CDO, Brian drives the development and implementation of the strategy for digital platforms, content, distribution and engagement throughout the organization, leading a team of information technology, digital media and exhibition specialists. Prior to joining the museum, Brian worked at Nortel Networks in telephony software development and process improvement. Brian holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the Dalhousie University (Technical University of Nova Scotia) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cape Breton. Brian is keen to help keep connections alive and conversations going through the year, with a regular rhythm of topic discussions, leverage tools such as the Basecamp platform more fully, and sounding out the SIG on additional ideas.

 

Intellectual Property 

  • Chair: Melissa Gold Fournier, Manager Imaging services and IP, Yale Center for British Art

image004At the Yale Center for British Art, Melissa oversees digital imaging, manages the Center’s intellectual property and rights-related collection information, and serves as the lead for the Center’s participation in Yale’s shared digital asset management system.  Melissa served as the convener of Yale University’s Open Access Implementation Working Group and oversees the online release of the Center’s open images.  A museum collection professional since 1998, Melissa was grateful to find in MCN a superb resource for discussion and education around digitization and intellectual property.  She has volunteered for MCN in various capacities since attending her first conference in Boston in 2005.   Working with the IP SIG, Melissa wishes to help MCN continue to provide these opportunities to others.

  • Vice Chair: John ffrench, Director of Visual Resources, Yale University Art Gallery

image002John oversees workflow, design, color management and long-term archiving of images and image data and supervises the creation, quality control, asset management, distribution of and rights related to images of works of art for publication, study, documentation, educational programs, promotion and other uses. He has been actively involved in the development of the YUAG/Yale Campus DAM and the creation of Yale University’s Open Access policy. He also oversees the rights and reproductions staff responsible for clearing rights for internal publications and publicity campaigns at YUAG. On campus he founded and leads the Digital Coffee Group, a campus-wide organization established to create core standards, develop resources and provide guidance and support for digital imaging related technology, projects and professionals on campus. I am interested in working with the IP-SIG as I feel I have a sense of how these issues touch all of our work in museums.

 

Media Production & Branding

  • Chair: Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Director of Digital Media, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

image034Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli is a filmmaker and digital media professional. She has been telling stories with video for over 15 years and more recently has found herself tangled up in the various ways digital technology provides a platform for storytelling. She is interested in the potential of production methods to re-think how (and why) we produce content in the museum context.

  • Vice Chair: Luis Marcelo Mendes, Journalist 

image036Luis Marcelo Mendes is a journalist, design and communication consultant. He has worked for 20 years with the public and private companies specializing in communication, branding, digital media, publishing and exhibitions. His works have been selected and awarded in festivals both in Brazil and abroad. Will open SIG members hearts and minds to the relationship between branding and museums.

 

Data & Insights

  • Chair: Elena Villaespesa, Digital Analyst, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

image027As Digital Analyst at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Elena is responsible for establishing and overseeing an analytics program to monitor and assess departmental channels, platforms, and programs. She conducts user research, and develops timely reports to understand the fluctuations in data and identify trends and opportunities to optimize the museum’s digital platforms and programs. Previously she worked during five years as Digital Analyst at Tate (London) producing website, mobile and social media metrics reports and coordinating surveys, to inform decision making with the aim of improving user journeys across different digital platforms. Elena is also a PhD student at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester and a Tate Honorary Research Fellow 15-17. Her research is about how museums can measure the impact and value of their social media activities. There is increasing need for data literacy in the museum sector. I envision the Data & Insights SIG as an active community of practice to share information and discuss experiences. I believe the DI SIG should support museum professionals in the implementation and management of data analytics creating resources and defining best practices.

  • Vice Chair: Trilce Navarette, Researcher at University of Southern Denmark / Guest researcher at University of Amsterdam

image025Trilce Navarrete is researcher with interest in the historic and economic aspects of digital heritage. My research is driven by an interest to support understanding of the role of digital heritage in our lives and to increase efficiency, equity and effectiveness in the (re)use of heritage knowledge. I have actively participated in international communities as speaker, researcher, and organizer. I regularly present at different universities, at conferences and academic meetings, generally around the subjects of heritage, digital, policy and cultural economics. From my passion and knowledge of museums as well as my curiosity , I started researching the adoption of computers at work in 1999. An important source of inspiration has been the spark of (sharing) knowledge across generations. Not surprisingly, my research has made me a great fan of MCN for its international role in advocating for and advancing the specialized work needed to best manage collections information and improve communication inside and outside the museum. I envision the DI-SIG as core group to support raise awareness, familiarity and know how of the power of data.

 

Social Media

  • Chair: Meagan Estep, Social Media Manager, National Gallery of Art (DC)

image040Meagan Estep is an educator who believes deeply in the power of online tools to create conversation. Meagan is social media manager at the National Gallery of Art, where she creates participatory experiences using a variety of platforms. Actively participating with MCN since 2012, she also contributes to the National Art Education Association (museum education division) and Museums and the Web. Meagan’s idea of co-leading MCN’s social media SIG would build on current momentum. This means facilitating an atmosphere of mentorship, allowing us to shape strong relationships with colleagues. The best moments are the ones where we learn from each other. With Meagan, our SIG would be a space for learning new and expansive ideas, ultimately provoking intentional, relevant conversations.

  • Vice Chair: Amy Fox, Digital Marketing Associate, Walker Art Center

Amy Fox is timage042he Digital Marketing Associate at the Walker Art Center, where she manages the social media channels and online communities. She is passionate about social engagement and connecting online audiences with museums. She is interested in the intersection of technology, conversation, learning, entertainment, innovation, and people.

 

 

Small Museum

  • Chair: Lisa Worley, Education Specialist, Texas Historical Commission

image005Lisa (@goodlisa) develops programming to connect youth to Texas history. She also consults for historic sites on interpretive planning and collections issues. Lisa is co-chair of the Austin Museum Partnership and is an active member of Texas Association of Museums where she leads an effort to publish a new edition of The Museum Forms Book. She has worked for small museums for the majority of her career and believes their work is enormously important and vital. Lisa holds a MA in Public History (Colorado State University), and a BA in History (University of Arizona). In her free time, she reads, drinks beer, and is learning to sew.

  • Vice Chair: Don Erwin, Niagara Aerospace Museum

image008Don has been in various IT roles for over 23 years in DoD, NASA, and Higher Education from developer and tester to project and service management. I’ve served as CIO at a 4-year college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and am currently Chief Service Manager for a SUNY IT managed services provider.  I’ve volunteered at several museums over the past 18 years, helping with their web and other IT needs.  I currently volunteer for the Niagara Aerospace Museum. I hope to leverage my experience in the SUNY system, where I’ve been involved in sharing best practices, experiences, and even resources among campuses.  I would like to facilitate discussion within the SIG to identify areas for collaboration.

 

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The Intersection between Social Innovation, Museums and Digital

Reflections on the MCN 2015 keynote speech by Haitham EidAssistant Professor/Interim Director, Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program, Southern University at New Orleans.

I have just returned from Minneapolis after attending the MCN conference for the first time. It was a very rewarding experience and I had the chance to meet with some wonderful and intelligent people. What excited me the most was the topic of the keynote speech by Liz Ogbu. Liz spoke about social innovation and her work to provide more effective and sustainable solutions to social problems hereLiz Ogbu Portrait in the United States and abroad. The term social innovation is not very familiar (but not totally alien, as will be explained) to the museum sector. However, I must say that the decision made by the conference organizers to address the concept of social innovation in the keynote speech is brave and visionary on many different levels. I was particularly thrilled about the speech because it added another layer of confidence and assurance to my three years of research, in which, as part of my Ph.D. research at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK, I have studied the concept of social innovation along with two other concepts (social enterprise and open innovation). The research provides conceptual and practical evidences that the three concepts together can form a model for innovation in museums. Since the keynote speech of the MCN2015 addressed social innovation, this blog will try to contribute to what I hope is the start of a fruitful discussion about the intersection between social innovation, museums and digital.

Liz is an amazing speaker, and, like all social innovators, is passionate about her work. But what is social innovation in the first place? The Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University defines social innovation as “a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than present solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals.” Social innovation, as we can see from the definition, is about improving and empowering communities through creativity and ingenuity. It goes beyond disciplinary boundaries to create sustainable social value. Social innovators include architects, engineers, health care professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and many others looking at social innovation and trying to discover ways within their professions to advance the social innovation agenda. When Liz spoke at the MCN2015 on November 5th, she gave her perspective as an architect and designer. She showed in her presentation how she designed innovative and affordable cook stoves in Tanzania. The new design improves the lives of millions of Tanzanians by adopting a cooking style that is both healthier and better for the environment. She also uncovered how her talent as an architect and social innovator led her to turn an empty tract of land in the poor neighborhood of Hunters Point in San Francisco into a community center and recording studio for the community to come together and share their stories. It was a small and inexpensive piece of architecture but created a new and positive energy in the community.

Museums recognize themselves as social and cultural organizations and the notion of creating social value is a core objective for any museum. Therefore, for me, museums and social innovation seem to be a perfect match. Museologists like Bob Janes (Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Museum Management and Curatorship Journal), Richard Sandell (Professor of Museum Studies at University of Leicester), the late Stephen Weil and many others have devoted a huge amount of their intellectual work advocating for the museum as enhappabler of social justice and environmental awareness. Janes calls it the “mindful museum,” a museum that is aware of its surrounding and consciously works to improve society and the environment. But how can museums approach social innovation? The quest for answers to this question needs contributions from everyone in the sector: museum directors, curators, conservators, researchers, technologists, etc. It is, however, exciting that some museums have already started exploring the concept of social innova
tion. For example, in the UK context, the work of Tony Butler at the Happy Museum project
, Derby Museums, and previously at the Museum of Anglian Life, revolves around social innovation and social enterprise. Here in the US, The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, established a special program (The Tech Awards) to recognize:

10 international innovators who are applying technology to confront humanity’s most urgent challenges. The Tech Awards honors individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies who are using technology to significantly improve human conditions in five award categories. The technology used can be either a new invention or an innovative use of an existing technology (The Tech Museum of Innovation website).

The Tech Award Gala (2014), and the Social Innovation Workshop at the Tech Museum of Innovation, lead to my final point, which is identifying the intersection between social innovation and digital innovation. Many of the social problems facing humanity right now can be fought and probably defeated through digital innovation. Jeremy Millard and Gwendolyn Carpenter from the Danish Technological Institute state:

Digital technology can also be transformational and open new perspectives on social innovation, such as the use of so-called ‘big data’ to collect and analyse data of what social needs are being experienced by which people in different places at different times. Using new digital technologies can also open new perspectives for locally manufactured and very cheap products for people who otherwise have no chance of being helped.

Using digital can maximize impact, cut costs, and make social innovation more effective. Museums are full of talented and passionate individuals who are very eager to improve their communities and contribute to resolving social issues. No one expects museums alone to find solutions to all the social challenges that face humanity, or to approach them the same way other sectors tend to do, but I believe museums are positioned to make a great contribution. Can social innovation be a framework that inspires museums to take progressive steps on social and environmental issues? Can digital teams in museums around the world push the social innovation agenda in the museum sector? Please share your thoughts and let me know what you think.

 

Haitham Eid

Assistant Professor/Interim Director, 

Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program, 

Southern University at New Orleans.

Twitter: @HaithamEid | Email: heid@suno.edu

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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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Job Opening: MCN Digital Content & Community Manager

This position has been filled.

This announcement is for a part-time position (approximately 15 hrs/week) which may be extended to full-time in the future.

Start date: July 1
Term: Up to 1 year, may be extended
Pay: Up to $30/hr
Benefits: None, paid by incumbent
Location: Telecommute
Reports to: Executive Director
Consults with: Marketing Committee (primary), Other MCN Committees

About MCN
MCN is a nonprofit organization whose core purpose is to foster innovation and excellence by supporting professionals who seek to transform the way their cultural organizations reach, engage, and educate their audiences using digital technologies. We do this by building a community that attracts, nurtures, inspires and sustains exceptional professionals. Learn more.

Position Description
The Digital Content & Community Manager is a newly created position designed to improve the reach and engagement of MCN with the digital cultural heritage community. The primary goals of this position are to increase conference registration, to increase the number of people we reach online, and to deepen digital engagement between MCN and the community it aims to serve.

As the Digital Content & Community Manager, you will create, edit, coordinate, post, and manage content for MCN.edu and official online platforms, including social media. You will craft content to promote MCN offerings, announcements, and events including the annual conference (held in November), MCN Pro events, membership. You will coordinate a group of volunteers to assist with distribution of content on digital platforms. You will act as the point person for editorial policy and content management of mcn.edu, e-newsletters, MCN-L (listserv), social media channels, and mobile applications. You will also ensure consistent messaging and representation of the MCN brand across platforms.

Specific Duties:

  • Manage and maintain content on MCN.edu and other platforms, regularly review and update website with new or revised content, and respond quickly to content editing needs
  • Manage editorial process and content preparation for all public-facing content whether on MCN or external platforms
  • Hosts regular calls with individual Board committees to gather information about what needs to be marketed
  • Coordinate with marketing committee and social media volunteers regarding posts needed to promote conference, MCN Pro, etc.
  • Maintain an editorial calendar and produce content plans for upcoming events and activities.
  • Craft content for MCN-L to promote MCN activities and offerings
  • Produce regular e-mail newsletter
  • Proactively research content of value to the community for continuous distribution on all platforms, especially social media
  • Produce regular analytics reports about digital outreach performance
  • Identify trends and opportunities to increase reach and engagement

Skills & Experience Required:

  • Content writing/editing for website and social media engagement
  • Ability to manage and maintain a WordPress website, including layout and installation/configuration of new plugins
  • Ability to create and edit visual media assets (e.g., using Photoshop, etc.)
  • Demonstrated skills and experience with social media and community management on behalf of a brand or organization (i.e., post/share content, moderate/respond to comments, facilitate community discussion/interaction, etc.)
  • Knowledge of digital analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics) and ability to set goals, interpret/present findings, and make recommendations
  • Active in the cultural heritage community (museums, archives, libraries, etc.) and knowledgeable of trusted sources of information
  • Customer-service oriented
  • Proactive self-starter
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

This is a part-time telecommuting position requiring approximately 15 hours per week, plus on-site attendance at the annual conference in November. Substantial telephone and online availability during weekday business hours in North American time zones is expected. Salary is up to $30/hour, commensurate with experience, plus pre-approved expenses; no benefits. Cumulative salary shall not exceed $25k in 12 consecutive months. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of continuation (and/or increase in hours per week) if funding allows.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@mcn.edu.

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MCN Pro – March 17th – Video Recording Booths

MCN Pro Workshop, “Just Push Record: Video Recording Booths for Visitors” on Tues, March 17, 2015 at 2pm EST (11am PST)

Over the past ten years, booths have become popular for encouraging visitors to record their own responses to museum experiences and have taken a variety of forms in museum galleries across the country. This one-hour workshop will explore a few different styles of video recording booths and their application to the gallery experience.  Learn more about this workshop and join the Google Hangout on Air.  #MCNpro

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