Elect SIG Chairs for 2019!

Each December, we ask the MCN community to elect the Chairs of our Special Interest Groups. SIGs, as we call them, are volunteer-led MCN members’ communities of practice that operate under the oversight of the MCN board and Executive Director. SIGs are organized around specific topics of interest or niche practice areas that reflect the diversity of the many technology and digital practices in the museum field (curious about how SIGs are governed? Read the SIG Charter).

These community led groups embody MCN’s grassroots’ history and the dynamism that drives the larger musetech community. Two new SIGs were created last year: Human-Centered Design SIG and IIIF SIG.

SIG Chairs are all volunteers with a passion for their work and for helping their colleagues and the community around their specific practice area and beyond. This year brings many changes with 12 SIG Chairs stepping down. On behalf of MCN, I’d like to thank them for their service and their work over the past years: Kristin Bayans, Christophe Buffet, Daniel Dennehy, Brad Dunn, John ffrench, Jennifer Foley, Melissa Fournier, Elissa Frankle Olinsky, Kurt Heumiller, Mandy Kritzeck, Jennifer Sellar and Elena Villaespesa.

As you review this year’s slate of candidates, you’ll notice 11 new faces, some familiar, some brand new, ready to lead your SIGs next year. Please take a moment to cast your vote now through December 15 and help support the leadership and future direction of our community.

ELECT YOUR SIG CHAIRS!

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Eric Longo
Executive Director, MCN
eric@mcn.edu

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Meet the 2018 SIG Chairs

Thank you for participating in the 2017 Annual SIG Chairs Elections. Join me in congratulating each one of our SIG Chairs.

Eric Longo, Executive Director

 

Digital Asset Management

  • 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.

  • Co-Chair: Jennifer Sellar, Senior Digital Image Archivist, The Museum of Modern Art

Jennifer Sellar headshotJennifer Sellar began her archiving career at Ole Miss working with a large collection of Southern photography and home movies. At the Museum of Modern Art, she was hired to organize the Imaging Studio’s archive and create an archival workflow for the department’s photographers. When she arrived the archive was still stored on CDs and searchable only through an enormous Excel spreadsheet. Since the launch of MoMA’s DAM in 2008, she has overseen day to day front end operations and works across various departments throughout the museum to create metadata/taxonomy structures and create guidelines for the museum’s quickly expanding digital trove of images, video, audio, and related materials.

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.

  • Co-Chair: Kurt Heumiller, Studio Production Manager, The Museum of Modern Art

image030As studio production manager for the department of Imaging and Visual Resources at the Museum of Modern Art, Kurt Heumiller is responsible for ensuring the highest image quality, developing workflow improvements, and evaluating new and emerging technologies and methods. Having spent nearly a decade in the museum imaging world, he feels blessed to work in a field with such talented and dedicated members and wishes to help MCN provide a resource for this community.

 

Strategy

  • Chair: Brad Dunn, Web and Digital Communications Director, The Field Museum

Brad Dunn headshotBrad is the Web and Digital Communications Director for The Field Museum in Chicago, overseeing web and mobile experiences, and storytelling in social media and science filmmaking. His experience blends his time in interactive, games, social media and experiential design, stage directing, filmmaking and advertising. He has crafted user- and story-driven multichannel engagements across digital devices and real world spaces for exuberant live audiences, smartphone wielding consumers, smiling children, intoxicated cruise ship passengers, and upper eastside arts funders. The common thread is his desire to tell stories and create experiences that inspire and encourage human connection and personal discovery.

  • Co-Chair: Mark McKay, Director of Digital, Art Gallery of Ontario

Mark McKay headshotMark leads a 10 person division made up of 3 departments. Responsible for developing and executing an action plan in support of the AGO’s Technology Strategy. Google Analytics and Adwords certified content marketer. 12 years experience creating branded content and more than 7 years leading corporate digital and social media strategy. Trained in Project Management and Business Analysis. Eleven years of experience in the entertainment industry. Hands on advanced production knowledge of web development, design, video, and animation set me apart from my peers.

Educational & Interpretive Media

  • Chair: Jennifer Foley, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

image018Jennifer Foley is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. In this role she oversees all of the museum’s educational programs, as well as the development of educational and interpretive media content, including audio tours, exhibition media, and the museum’s artist interview series, Outspoken. Prior to coming the A-K she was the Director of Interpretation at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she worked on numerous media projects, including content development for the museum’s collection app, ArtLens. She has been attending MCN since 2011, and signed on for a two year term as one of the program co-chairs for MCN2016 in New Orleans and MCN2017 in Pittsburgh.

  • Co-Chair: Kristin Bayans, Manager of Interpretive Media, Portland Art Museum

Kristin BayansAs Manager of Interpretive Media at the Portland Art Museum Kristin is a connector, producer, and storyteller. She works to diversify the museum narrative by interrupting the single authoritative voice with the voices and perspectives of Portland’s many communities. She accomplishes this by crafting inquiry based in-gallery and online participatory experiences linking visitors to each other, the museum’s permanent collection, and special exhibitions. At PAM, Kristin also drives initiatives grounding the museum to its city through intimate, personal community based story work with the Object Stories storytelling project and exhibition series. Ms. Bayans has served on NEH and IMLS grant review committees, spoken at national conferences, lead workshops, and published on the subjects of digital storytelling, developing participatory spaces for dialogue and reflection, and the visitor empowerment model among others. Immediately prior to PAM, she served as Senior Educator for the Vernier Technology and Design Lab at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and as an Assistant Educator for the Smithsonian’s Mobile Learning Institute. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University and an M.A. in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Kristin is passionate about the unique role museums can play as social justice advocates for their cities communities.

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.

  • Co-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.

  • Co-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: Mandy Kritzeck, Digital Media Producer & Project Manager, The Corning Museum of Glass

Mandy Kritzeck headshotMandy Kritzeck is the Digital Media Producer and Project Manager at The Corning Museum of Glass. Working with an in-house digital media production team, she produces over 150 videos a year for both internal and external audiences including artist profiles, live-streamed demonstrations, lectures, conservation case studies, marketing videos, and docent trainings. Mandy manages the museum’s popular YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/corningmuseumofglass, which shares a mix of informational glass how-to demos and interviews with artists who work in glass. She has contributed to many digital media projects at the Corning Museum including the GlassApp web app, GlassLab web app and Pyrex Potluck website. She received an M.A. in History Museum Studies from The Cooperstown Graduate Program and a B.A. in American History, Museum Studies and Documentary Journalism from the University of Minnesota. Her prior experience includes the Minnesota Historical Society and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Find her on Twitter at @mkritzeck.

  • Co-Chair: Christophe Buffet, Creative Technologist and Digital Content Producer

Christophe BuffetChristophe has been producing digital content since 2004 for a variety of museums and institutions such as MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art), The São Paulo Art Biennial, the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Monumenta, Bozar, The National Gallery or the British Museum. He helps cultural organizations define their digital strategy and content production methodology, select and set-up mobile interpretation and accessibility solutions.

Data & Insights

  • Chair: Elena Villaespesa, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

Elena VillaespesaElena Villaespesa works as an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. Her research and teaching areas include: digital strategy, digital analytics, and user experience methods applied to the cultural and museum sector. Her professional career encompasses an international experience in some of the most prestigious museums in the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate in the United Kingdom and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Spain, where she has served in leading digital producer and data analyst roles.

Elena holds a M.A. in Arts Management and a Ph.D. in Digital Heritage from the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Her dissertation defines a performance measurement framework that may serve as a tool for museums to evaluate the success of their activities on social media. As part of her PhD research she worked in the action research project led by Culture 24 Let’s get real. Tate is the main case study for this research and as part of this collaboration she became a Tate Honorary Research Fellow 2015-17.

Elena will be looking to appoint a volunteer to join her as SIG co-chair during 2018.

Social Media

  • Chair: Alexis Light, Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing, The Frick Collection

Alexis LightAlexis Light is currently the Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing at The Frick Collection, where she has worked since 2007. Throughout her tenure at the museum, she has been deeply involved in the role social media has played in shaping the voice of the institution and how it is used to communicate to its various audiences. As Social Media SIG chair, she hopes to strengthen our community of members, continue an open dialogue between colleagues, and evaluate strategies for ongoing cross-institutional collaboration through social. She received an M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s, New York, and a B.A. from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. She has been actively participating in MCN since 2015.

Alexis will be looking to appoint a volunteer to join her as SIG co-chair during 2018.

 

In addition, the board of MCN has approved the creation of a new SIG called “Human-Centered Design SIG“, which will aim to foster conversations in the MCN community and beyond about who we serve, how to understand their needs, and the role that museums can and should play in the broader human community.

Human-Centered Design SIG

  • Chair: Elissa Frankle Olinsky, Senior User Experience Researcher, Ad Hoc LLC

Elissa FrankleElissa Frankle Olinsky is a DC-based Senior User Experience Researcher at Ad Hoc LLC, where she works with the US Digital Service at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to help build websites with Veterans’ needs in mind. Prior to joining Ad Hoc, Elissa spent nine years at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she worked on social media, ethical leadership training, public programs with Holocaust survivors, citizen history, and the online and in-person visitor experience — sometimes all at the same time. When not working with Veterans, she can be found advocating for paid internships and better signage in museums. Elissa holds an AB in German from Princeton University and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from The George Washington University.

  • Co-Chair: Seema Rao, Principal, Brilliant Idea Studio

Seema Rao head shotSeema Rao runs the consulting firm, Brilliant Idea Studio, LLC, based in Cleveland, Ohio, working with museums, libraries, and non-profits to improve experiences at their sites. Seema has nearly 20 years of museum experience including leading large teams of educators, developing ground breaking interpretation, and implementing successful technology projects. She holds an MLIS/MS in Information Science and User Experience Design from Kent State University as well as a MA in Art History from Case Western Reserve University.

 

 

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

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MCNPro – User Journey Mapping

Join us on Friday, September 22 at 12pm EST for session on User Journey Mapping!

 

A user journey map is a visualization of the steps your visitors go through in engaging with the museum during the visit. This user research tool shows what happens at each stage and visualizes the experience highlighting the visitor needs, actions, emotions and pain points. Join us to learn about this user research tool and see how some organizations have implemented them to improve the visitor experience.

This MCNPro webinar was organized by the Data & Insights SIG. Chairs of the group Elena Villaespesa and Trilce Navarrete led this session about journey mapping.

 

The Speakers:

Allegra Burnette is currently an independent consultant, focused on helping organizations establish and integrate coherent, user-centered digital programs that use best practices in customer and visitor experience to grow audiences, improve experiences, and transform internal processes. Until recently, Allegra was a principal analyst on the customer experience team at Forrester Research, where she researched, wrote, and consulted on design-related topics within CX. Prior to joining Forrester in 2014, Allegra was the Creative Director of Digital Media at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she oversaw design and production across all interpretive technology, including the museum’s website, MoMA.org. Before working at MoMA, Allegra created and ran a media department at the renowned museum exhibition design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates. Allegra has taught in the online graduate program at Johns Hopkins University and served as president of the board of the Museum Computer Network (MCN). She has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Dartmouth College and an MFA in museum exhibition planning and design from the University of the Arts.

Michelle Grohe is the Assistant Curator of Education & School Programs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She currently project manages the Gardner’s interdepartmental Visitor Experience and Digital Pilot teams, focusing on first time visitors and evaluation frameworks and tools. Working at the Gardner since 2005, Grohe has led several research initiatives around the Visual Thinking Strategies methodology, including longitudinal studies with elementary and high school partner students. She is also currently National Art Education Association (NAEA) Museum Education Division Director. Grohe has an MA in Art + Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Studio Art from Millikin University.

Laura Mann has 20 years of experience developing creative and technical solutions including web, mobile, and interactive media for the cultural sector. Trained as an academic art historian, she started her career in business development with a small experimental theater company that provided audio tours to museums and historic sites. She led business development at Antenna, driving its rapid growth from innovative newcomer to market leader in mobile experiences for the cultural and heritage sector. At Mediatrope Interactive, she developed award-winning web solutions and software applications for large museum and nonprofit clients. In 2013, she joined the consultancy Frankly, Green + Webb to open the firm’s US office. Her work as a consultant in grounded in her years of hands-on experience in mobile interpretation, interactive design and digital technology. She is deeply committed to providing research, insight and design solutions that deliver real value to organizations and their audiences.

 

Download the slides here!

 

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May 22 – Small Museum SIG Twitter Chat

 

Storify of the Chat is HERE

May 22, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. EST

 

Tools for Small Museums

In partnership with Techsoup, join your Small Museum SIG Co-Chairs in a Twitter chat as we share ideas on tools for Small Museums.  Want to hear about what others are doing in terms of solutions for business needs at their institutions?  Have some success (or failure) stories in implementing a solution to a common need to share with others?  Interested in what others are doing with open source software?  You’ll find that a Twitter chat is a great way to spend an hour.

Follow @museumcn on Twitter and join the chat using #MCNsig starting at 8:30 p.m. EST on May 22.

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MCNPro – CollectiveAccess for Museums

Presented by the Small Museum SIG

Friday, April 28, 1pm ET

CollectiveAccess is a free open-source software for managing and publishing museum and archival collections. Join John Turner, Senior Manager of Museum Technology at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, as he shares his experience installing, customizing, and using CollectiveAccess to manage the Museum’s extensive collection of artwork, loan tracking, exhibitions, and conservation and inventory workflows.

 

John Turner headshotJohn Turner has been playing cat and mouse with technology since birth. 

Inspired by his grandfather who worked for Heathkit and surrounded by unassembled electronics, cameras, and Lionel Trains, he began his lifelong fascination with gadgets after being electrocuted at an early age. 

Now after nearly four decades and surviving subsequent brushes with loose electrons, he has lost his hair and has been working with technology within the museum world for over a decade starting in San Francisco at the premiere hands-on-science museum, the Exploratorium in 2001. 

After serving as the primary technical contact with research partners at Intel Labs, HP Labs and the Concord Consortium for multiple museum handheld and RFID research projects, he left the Bay Area to circumnavigate the globe with his wife before they landed in Ann Arbor to raise their family. 

Working in multiple technical capacities at the University of Michigan Museum of Art since 2006, as the Senior Manager of Museum Technology he currently manage all aspects of the museum that can be rendered on a screen or plugged in. In his free time, he owns a photography studio: www.pbjt.com

 

 

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Your 2017 SIG Chairs

Between December 1st – 15th we held the second annual 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: 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.

  • Vice Chair: Jennifer Sellar, Senior Digital Image Archivist, The Museum of Modern Art

Jennifer Sellar headshotJennifer Sellar began her archiving career at Ole Miss working with a large collection of Southern photography and home movies. At the Museum of Modern Art, she was hired to organize the Imaging Studio’s archive and create an archival workflow for the department’s photographers. When she arrived the archive was still stored on CDs and searchable only through an enormous Excel spreadsheet. Since the launch of MoMA’s DAM in 2008, she has overseen day to day front end operations and works across various departments throughout the museum to create metadata/taxonomy structures and create guidelines for the museum’s quickly expanding digital trove of images, video, audio, and related materials.

 

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.

 

 

Strategy

  • Chair: Brad Dunn, Web and Digital Communications Director, The Field Museum

Brad Dunn headshotBrad is the Web and Digital Communications Director for The Field Museum in Chicago, overseeing web and mobile experiences, and storytelling in social media and science filmmaking. His experience blends his time in interactive, games, social media and experiential design, stage directing, filmmaking and advertising. He has crafted user- and story-driven multichannel engagements across digital devices and real world spaces for exuberant live audiences, smartphone wielding consumers, smiling children, intoxicated cruise ship passengers, and upper eastside arts funders. The common thread is his desire to tell stories and create experiences that inspire and encourage human connection and personal discovery.

  • Vice Chair: Mark McKay, Director of Digital, Art Gallery of Ontario

Mark McKay headshotMark leads a 10 person division made up of 3 departments. Responsible for developing and executing an action plan in support of the AGO’s Technology Strategy. Google Analytics and Adwords certified content marketer. 12 years experience creating branded content and more than 7 years leading corporate digital and social media strategy. Trained in Project Management and Business Analysis. Eleven years of experience in the entertainment industry. Hands on advanced production knowledge of web development, design, video, and animation set me apart from my peers.

 

Educational & Interpretive Media

  • Chair: Emily Fry, Director of Interpretation, Art Institute of Chicago
  • image020Emily Fry has been a proud member of MCN since 2009 and served as the Education and Interpretive SIG co-chair in 2016. She is currently the Director of Interpretation at the Art Institute of Chicago where she leads the museum’s efforts to increase the overall accessibility of the collection, empowering audiences to make meaningful connections between artworks across time and in their lives. She’s interested in continuing to strengthen our community of practice for those working within the cross-section of digital media and audience engagement. Emily wants to create a dialogic space for Education and Interpretive Media SIG members to continually support one another, offer advice, develop workshops and address relevant topics that impact ourselves and the audiences we serve.
  • Vice Chair: Jennifer Foley, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

image018Jennifer Foley is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. In this role she oversees all of the museum’s educational programs, as well as the development of educational and interpretive media content, including audio tours, exhibition media, and the museum’s artist interview series, Outspoken. Prior to coming the A-K she was the Director of Interpretation at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she worked on numerous media projects, including content development for the museum’s collection app, ArtLens. She has been attending MCN since 2011, and signed on for a two year term as one of the program co-chairs for MCN2016 in New Orleans and MCN2017 in Pittsburgh.

 

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: Mandy Kritzeck, Digital Media Producer & Project Manager, The Corning Museum of Glass

Mandy Kritzeck headshotMandy Kritzeck is the Digital Media Producer and Project Manager at The Corning Museum of Glass. Working with an in-house digital media production team, she produces over 150 videos a year for both internal and external audiences including artist profiles, live-streamed demonstrations, lectures, conservation case studies, marketing videos, and docent trainings. Mandy manages the museum’s popular YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/corningmuseumofglass, which shares a mix of informational glass how-to demos and interviews with artists who work in glass. She has contributed to many digital media projects at the Corning Museum including the GlassApp web app, GlassLab web app and Pyrex Potluck website. She received an M.A. in History Museum Studies from The Cooperstown Graduate Program and a B.A. in American History, Museum Studies and Documentary Journalism from the University of Minnesota. Her prior experience includes the Minnesota Historical Society and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Find her on Twitter at @mkritzeck.

 

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

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Trilce 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)

Meagan estep headshot 2016Meagan 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 and Social Media Content Specialist, Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery

image042Amy Fox is the Digital and Social Media Content Specialist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, 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. With this SIG, Amy hopes to connect social media professionals from across the field to support and learn from each other—bringing together community managers, content creators, producers, marketers, educators, and technologists to solve problems and share insight.

 

 

Small Museum

  • Chair: Lisa Worley, Director of Material Culture, Historic Ford Estates

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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2016 SIG Chair Elections

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Hello fellow MCNers,

It’s that time of year again. From December 1-15, 2016, we invite you to vote in the second annual election of our Special Interest Group (SIG) Chairs. Please take a moment to review the slate of candidates and vote for the leadership of SIGs you are most interested in.

The roles of SIG Chair and SIG Vice Chair are volunteer positions and the candidates are self-nominated. I would like to thank the 2016 SIG chairs for all their hard work and the nominees who have put themselves forward this year to help our organization.  I encourage those of you who may be interested in SIG leadership roles to keep this opportunity in mind for coming years.

Please cast your vote now and help support the leadership and future direction of our community.  If you are interested in learning about other opportunities to get involved in MCN check out the professional development webpage (link) for more information or email profdev@mcn.edu.

All the best,

BethBollwerk

Elizabeth Bollwerk
MCN Board member

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MCNPro: Digital Publication and the OSCI Toolkit

Join the MCN Information Technology SIG for our next MCNPro on October 11th at 2pm EST!

The Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative has been an on-going program sponsored by the Getty Foundation for a decade. The IMA Lalogob has been a key partner in that program and as part of that, has designed and developed the OSCI Toolkit. The Toolkit is an open-source software project that has been used in the creation of scholarly as well as non-scholarly digital publications. IMA Lab will present a timeline of the initiative and a case study using the OSCI Toolkit, conduct a brief demonstration and instruction on the utilization of the OSCI toolkit, and facilitate conversation about the state of digital publishing. You can watch the session below by clicking on the Youtube viewer.

 

Speakers

stuartStuart Alter, Director of Technology Strategy, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Stuart leads the technology efforts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art which includes oversight of both the IMA Lab and the internal IT department. Stuart has been leading innovative technology initiatives in industry, government, and the cultural sector. He is committed to the application of technology in the advancement of visitor experience and interaction in museums and other cultural institutions.

 

Illya Moskvin, Senior Software Developerillya

Illya is a self-taught software developer with a background in art history and archaeology. He is interested in classification, digital publishing, and software longevity.

 

 

 

anne-young-picAnne M. Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions

Young has been with the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 2010 where she heads the rights and reproductions department. Young was formerly the photographic archivist for The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and George Eastman Museum. She received an M.A. in photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University and a B.A. in art history and studio art (photography) from Indiana University. Young is the current chair of the Rights and Reproductions Professional Practices committee of the Registrars Committee and the editor of the 2015 publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions.

 

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MCNPro: Brand Masters with Kim Mitchell

 

Join our MCN Media Production and Branding Special Interest Group (SIG) for a new MCNPro: Brand Masters on September 21st at 2.15pm EST.

 

How do you manage the most valuable museum brand in the world on a daily basis? How this came to be? And what’s next? We’ll ask Kim Mitchell  the Chief Communications Officer at The Museum of Modern Art on our next conversation.

Since 2008 she has been leading the marketing, communications strategy and some of the most award-winning campaigns and projects of the museum sector. Currently spearheading organization-wide brand strategy, research and visual identity project for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1.

Hosted by Luis Marcelo Mendes, journalist and independent consultant to cultural organizations, currently living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work focuses on communications projects; design and branding management; digital media; publishing and exhibitions. Co-Chair of the MCN’s Media Production and Branding Special Interest Group with Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli.

 

kim-mitchellKim Mitchell is the Chief Communications Officer at The Museum of Modern Art and was always interested in art at an early age. She studied at Moore College of Art & Design and completed her graduate degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University, New York.

Since 2008 she has been leading the marketing, communications strategy and some of the most award-winning campaigns and projects of the museum sector. Currently spearheading organization-wide brand strategy, research and visual identity project for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1.

 

 

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MCN Pro: Photogrammetry in Museums

Photogrammetry visualization of an Owl specimen

 

Join the MCN Digital Imaging special Interest Group (SIG) on August 22nd at 1pm EST for an update on a photogrammetry project presented at MCN 2015. Professors at the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin have developed software tools to enhance workflow efficiency and rendering quality of photogrammetric models created with AgiSoft PhotoScan. Photographers at the Minneapolis Institute of Art have been applying these tools to document a collection of ancient Chinese bronze vessels in preparation for a major traveling exhibition. Following brief presentations by the participants, we will discuss the process, various challenges and plans for the future. We will also be joined by Carla Schroer of Cultural Heritage Imaging.

There will be opportunity to ask questions and share ideas following the presentation.

Presenters:
– Professor Gary Meyer, Department of Computer Science at UMN
– Professor Seth Berrier, University of Wisconsin, Stout
– Michael, Tetzlaff, PhD candidate at UMN
– Charles Walbridge, Lead Collections Photographer, Mia
– Carla Schroer, Cultural Heritage Imaging

Agenda:
1. Demonstration of UMN Unstructured Light Field Viewer
2. Demonstrations of UW/Stout AgiSoft WorkFlow Tool
3. Museum Case Study in Photogrammetry: Mia Chinese Bronze Project
4. Questions and Discussion

 

 

 

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