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:






Albright-Knox Art Gallery appoints new Director of Education & Community Engagement

jennifer-foleyThe Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced that Dr. Jennifer Foley has been appointed to the position of Director of Education and Community Engagement.

Dr. Foley brings a wealth of experience to the museum, having served in a number of key roles at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Most recently, she held the position of Director of Interpretation at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she managed the development of digital interpretive materials and multimedia content and oversaw the department’s myriad programming activities.

Jennifer is also a member of the #MCN2016 Program Planning Committee, congrats Jennifer!



How museums learned to stop worrying and love the digital world

“How about a selfie with the Oracle of Delphi? Museums are targeting new audiences by embracing all forms of digital media.”

This article in the Star Tribune by Kirstin Tillotson quotes MCN Past President Douglas Hegley and highlights the work of current MCN Board member, Jane Alexander and MCN President Loic Tallon. Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the article!


Illustration by Rob Dobi / Special to the Star Tribune




Free use images in Museums


“Often when people visit museums, they leave wishing they could see a certain piece of art every day. Yale University’s art museums are making that easier.

Want Van Gogh’s “The Night Cafe,” owned by Yale University Art Gallery, as your desktop wallpaper? Download a high-res TIFF at Want to post on your blog that J.M.W. Turner you saw at Yale Center for British Art? Download a TIFF at

On those websites, anyone is welcome to download public-domain artworks free of charge and use them any way they want, even if that usage is for-profit, such as the publication of a book.”

Click on the image to read this article recently published by the Hartford Courant with quotes from MCN Executive Director, Eric Longo as well as Intellectual Property SIG Chairs Melissa Fournier and John ffrench about free use images.

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AMA on Museums and Technology

Join past board member, Ed Rodley, past SIG Chair Emily Lytle-Painter and Michael Peter Edson for a Reddit AMA on Museums and Technology.

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Technology in Museums – Museums + Heritage Advisor

MCN Executive Director, Eric Longo quoted in the below article:

“Digital technologies have radically transformed how we connect with each other, how we relate to the world, and how we conduct business,” says Longo. “We constantly use digital tools to perform daily tasks at home and at work. Not only do museums and cultural heritage sites not have a choice in whether or not to embrace this ‘new normal’, they owe it to the communities they serve to meet and engage them in a digital context.”

Technology in Museums: making the latest advances work for our cultural institutions