SIGs (Special Interest Groups)

Meet the Social Media SIG

Greetings from the Social Media SIG. If you’ve ever engaged with a cultural institution on social media, then it’s highly likely that you have encountered the work of our SIG members. We are a group of museum professionals—representing areas such as marketing, communications, and education—who use social media as way to communicate, educate, and engage audiences on behalf of our institutions. Our group acts as a forum for sharing ideas, knowledge, strategies, and experiences in an effort to maximize the impact of our work.

So, what have been up to of late?

For starters, we’ve been making progress on producing a Social Media Handbook. This is a resource of social media guidelines and best practices that we, as a community of expert practitioners, will create and maintain for the benefit of the broader MCN community. Our goal is to have a version available to share publicly in time for the upcoming annual conference. Special shout out to Katharine Uhrich at the Field Museum who has been helping us lead the effort in producing this resource.

Finally, we encourage everyone to join us for our next monthly call on June 13. The topic will be about cross-institutional collaborations across social. We will be joined by a group from the National Archives who will set the stage for the conversation by first speaking about their Archives Hashtag Party campaign. If you were at Museums at the Web this past spring, you may have caught their lightning talk on the subject. This is certain be a lively conversation, so don’t miss out.

Not yet a member of the Social Media SIG? Sign up today!

Alexis Light
Alexis Light, Chair

Jonathan Munar headshot

Jonathan Munar, Co-Chair

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Meet the Strategy SIG

Strategy is integral to the success of our projects and organizations. The Strategy SIG brings together change-makers to learn from one another’s experiences in developing and  implementing strategies.

The Strategy SIG strategy

Since the Strategy SIG is about strategy, we thought that we should have a … strategy. Like any good strategy, ours starts with our objectives which are to facilitate the sharing of experience and expertise; and create opportunities for community and collaboration around the conference.

With these 2 goals, we have come up with the following 4  tactics to achieve them.

– Professional development  via online meetings

– Basecamp conversations

– Promote conference proposal collaboration

– Meetup for dinner or drinks at the conference

April 2019 update

– This month we have a professional development call Strategies for Preserving Digital Assets. We’ll be recording the webinar and posting it to the Basecamp, in-case you miss it.

– It’s conference proposal season. Conversations are happening on Basecamp. Got an idea or looking for someone to partner up with? Post to Basecamp.

– We’re planning an offsite for the conference. We’ve got San Diego native Nik Honeysett planning a social. More details to come and guaranteed to be a good time.

– Not a member of the Strategy SIG? Click here to sign up by filling out our Google Form

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Meet your 2019 SIG Chairs!

Thank you for participating in the 2018 Annual SIG Chairs Elections. Join me in congratulating each one of our SIG Chairs.

Eric Longo, Executive Director


Data & Insights SIG

Chair: Angie Judge, CEO, Dexibit

A kiwi technology entrepreneur with a background in computer science, Angie leads an award winning team at Dexibit, the company she founded to transform decision making in the arts. Named the 2018 Woman of Influence for Business Enterprise, Angie developed her passion for analytics in the telecoms industry with over 10 years in a corporate career as an Analyst at Hewlett Packard and Israeli software company Amdocs. Prior, she started her career in marketing for a merchant bank across a portfolio of brands.

Angie is also the Chair of the American Alliance of Museum’s Technology Board and host of a tourism analytics think tank network across the US. In her spare time, Angie mentors young women into technology careers, lecturers in data science and is a keen water skier.

Co-Chair: Keith Laba, Chief Information & Analytics Officer, Arizona Science Center

Keith Laba joined Arizona Science Center as their Chief Information & Analytics Officer (CIAO) in March of 2017. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Optimization and Applied Mathematics from The College of William and Mary, Keith has been delivering advanced analytics solutions and developing data-informed strategies for over 20 years. He has experience with a wide range of organizations, in areas such as financial services, travel, and post-secondary education. In his current role, Keith leads a technology and analytics team that collaborates with departments across the entire organization, to establish a data-informed culture and help transform Arizona Science Center into a global leader through research, technology, advanced analytics, and strategic insight.

Digital Asset Management SIG

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

I 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: David Garfinkel, Senior Digital Asset Manager Technician, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and my dad thought that someday I’d like to be a computer programmer, so he bought the family an early Macintosh. Turns out I liked MacDraw better than programming, but somehow twenty or so years later I found my first full-time job doing Mac Support work for Penguin Books. Seems I liked fixing computers and that started my career. After leaving IT for a couple of years do get a graduate degree from Teachers College I worked at a small private high school in Manhattan, where wrote a grant for, and ended up starting a program in Media Arts designed for students to use digital video and audio equipment as tools for learning within individual and group projects. In 2003 I left the high school and took a job doing IT consulting work at MoMA and in 2006 I was asked to take the lead on the DAM project at the Museum of Modern Art. At the time I didn’t know what Digital Asset Management was, but with some help, a good team and some stumbles along the way, we managed to choose a vendor, create a plan and eventually set up a speedy and stable system. In 2018 I left MoMA to take a job doing DAMS work at The MET. I work on NetX, processing engines, Jira, Jira Service Desk and Confluence and the challenges and learning opportunities at the new position are many. We are working on 3D ingest and preservation, film archiving and restoration, agile processes for project management and other larger initiatives.

Digital Imaging SIG

Chair: Ben Cort, Collections Photographer, Portland Art Museum

Ben Cort graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011 with a degree in Professional Photographic Illustration and a minor in Imaging Systems. Upon moving to Portland Oregon that May, he began working as a freelance digital tech/lighting assistant in the commercial and advertising photography markets. He also began working at the Portland Art Museum where he was tasked with constructing and implementing an in-house digital photo studio, with associated workflows, processes and procedures. As responsibilities increased from the initial grant based funding, Ben came on full time in 2016 and was additionally tasked with exhibition documentation and working with Conservation to develop a conservation imaging workflow. Ben has expanded the studio’s capabilities to include UV/IR imaging, photogrammetry and RTI in addition to continually growing the traditional capture potential of the space. Ben remains committed to further developing the imaging program at PAM, and is active in several professional imaging organizations, as well as attending conferences, workshops and seminars on cultural heritage imaging.

Co-Chair: Christopher Ciccone, Photographer & Digital Asset Manager, North Carolina Museum of Art

I have been a Collections Photographer at the North Carolina Museum of Art since 2000, and an MCN member since 2014. My current duties also include digital asset administration and I am a member of MCN’s DAM SIG. Prior to my museum tenure I worked in a variety of commercial photographic settings. Having experienced the industry transition from film to digital has given me a broad perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the field. Membership in the MCN Digital Imaging SIG has been extremely helpful to me in my profession and I am enthusiastic about contributing to its ongoing success. I’m particularly interested in encouraging more practical and technical imaging presentations at MCN conferences as well as facilitating ongoing engagement and collaboration between large and small institutions. I look forward to the opportunity to serve and will do my best to sustain the excellent leadership of our current Chairs.

Human-Centered Design SIG

Chair: Seema Rao, Principal & CEO, Brilliant Idea Studio

Seema Rao head shotSeema Rao has worked in museums for nearly 20 years at the interstices of visitor experience, education, and technology. She heads Brilliant Idea Studio, a firm that helps museums develop the best experiences for all their visitors. Trained as a UX Designer, her particularly focus is on content strategy. She has presented at MCN for many years speaking on social media in education, content development, and educational technology. She has been involved in many other aspects of MCN, including volunteering for MCN50, serving on the initial DEAI committee, and co-chairing the Volunteer committee.

Co-Chair: Cathy Sigmond, Research Associate, RK&A, Inc.

Cathy Sigmond is a Research Associate at RK&A, Inc., a firm in Alexandria, VA and New York City that partners with cultural organizations across the country on intentional planning, research, and evaluation. In her work as an evaluator, Cathy helps museum professionals think strategically about the audiences they intend to serve. She is a strong advocate for integrating research and evaluation into all aspects of museum work– particularly, exhibition and program development — to help practitioners understand how the interplay of design, messaging, and the built environment affect the visitor experience. Most recently, she evaluated approaches to digital interactives at a children’s museum, conducted message testing for an exhibition on fossils and climate change, and assessed usability and messaging for an exhibition on the future of New York City. Cathy has spoken about the value of evaluation and design research for museums at a variety of conferences and universities, including the Museum Computer Network, Visitor Studies Association, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to joining RK&A, Cathy earned her master’s degree in Museum Education from Tufts University and worked as an educator and researcher in a variety of science, history, and art museums.

Educational & Interpretive Media SIG

Chair: Alicia Viera, Interpretive Planner, Detroit Institute of Arts

Alicia Viera is currently an Interpretive Planner at the Detroit Institute of Arts where she continues to advance her goal of facilitating meaningful connections with art. While at the DIA, Alicia has developed interpretive plans for gallery projects and exhibitions, and has written content for analog and digital interpretive components. Most recently, she has worked on the award-winning augmented reality tour Lumin at the DIA as well as exhibitions such as “Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA,” “Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage,” “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos,” and the upcoming “Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love.” Before moving to Detroit, Alicia was arts administrator, director of cultural programs, and acting curator in San Antonio, Texas, where she organized “Contemporary Latino Art: El Corazón de San Antonio,” “Arte y Tradición de la Frontera: The U.S. – México Borderlands in the Works of Santa Barraza and Carmen Lomas Garza,” “The Texas Size Breach Collaborative: From El Paso to San Antonio” as well as “Absolute Resolution: A Participatory Photography Exhibition.” In these exhibitions, as well as those at the DIA, she explored the use of technology and social media for interpretative engagement—one of her current interests. Alicia holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art Education and Arts Administration respectively from Florida State University, where she also completed graduate certificates in Museum Studies, Art Museum Education, and Program Evaluation. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Her research interests include edu-curation, visitor-centered and multilingual exhibitions, supported interpretation (SI), and multiculturalism and inclusivity in art museums and galleries. She strives for developing exhibitions that are non-authoritative and that facilitate the understanding and appreciation of art by engaging new and current museum audiences in more relevant and meaningful museum experiences that can enrich their personal lives and those of their loved ones.

Co-Chair: Melissa Mair, Senior Interpretation Planner, Carnegie Museum of Art

In her current role as Senior Interpretation Planner at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Melissa Mair focuses specifically on visitor engagement in the permanent collection galleries. Working within an interdisciplinary core team, she concentrates on realizing the goals of the museum’s Collecting Experiences initiative, which prioritizes collaborating with audiences and embracing multiple narratives. Prior to coming to CMOA, Melissa worked for five years in the Interpretation department of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked on a variety of educational and interpretative materials, from videos to interactives and immersive audio walks.

Intellectual Property SIG 

Chair: Ama Iromuanya, Intellectual Property & Digital Rights Administrator, Dallas Museum of Art

In his current capacity as the Intellectual Property & Digital Rights Administrator at The Dallas Museum of Art, Ama oversees the management, distribution, and procurement of intellectual property and rights related information. He works cross-departmentally with publications, marketing, exhibitions, curatorial, and other areas within the institution. Ama has been instrumental to major projects such as the development of the museum’s Open Access Policy and has worked to streamline rights & reproduction workflows. He believes that IP presents a unique and engaging challenge that is relevant to every facet of a museum.

Co-Chair: Margaret McKee, Digital Asset Manager, The Menil Collection

Margaret C. McKee is the Digital Asset Manager at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Her department oversees rights and reproductions, and she co-authored the institution’s internal fair use policy. Previously, she worked in photographic and imaging services at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She holds an AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a BAFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico, and an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. This spring she will complete a two-year term as co-chair of the Visual Resources Association’s Intellectual Property Rights Committee.

Information Technology SIG

Chair: Janice Craddock, Information Technology Director, Amon Carter Museum

Janice Craddock headshotAs 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, Ingenium (Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation)

Brian 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.

International Image Interoperability Framework SIG

Chair:  Stefano Cossu, Software Architect, J. Paul Getty Trust

Stefano Cossu was Director of Application Services at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2012 to 2018 where he oversaw the implementation of a DAMS for the Collections and the publishing of 100,000 collection images online using IIIF. He recently joined the Getty Trust as a Software Architect, where he is collaboratively implementing a large-scale consolidation of the Getty’s visual materials, many millions of images from several Getty programs that will be served online via IIIF. Stefano is an advocate of open source, open access, open standards, and digital literacy in the humanities. He is currently a member of the Fedora Steering Group, the IIIF technical review committee, and chair of the MCN IIIF SIG. He has spoken at MCN and other digital cultural heritage conferences about Linked Data, repository technologies, DAM, and IIIF.

Co-Chair: Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass, Collections Data Manager, Yale Center for British Art

Emmanuelle is currently the Collections Data Manager at the Yale Center for British Art, where she started working in 2006 as the Collections Catalog Specialist. In her current role, she oversees the creation of and access to the museum’s collections data. She plays the lead role in ensuring its intellectual and technical integrity. She identifies and implements new data standards and technologies to disseminate to as wide an audience as possible as well as to support the scholarly mission of the Center. She is currently the Secretary for the International Image Interoperability Framework, and has been an ICOM CIDOC board member since 2013. She previously worked at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum. She has a Master’s of Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Media Production & Branding SIG

Chair:  Kelsey Cvach, Digital Content Producer, U.S. Department of State

Kelsey Cvach is passionate about digital storytelling, communicative design and user experience. She’s also excited about leading museums in communicating their value and creating compelling, mutually beneficial experiences for their target audiences. In my past 18 months at the United States Diplomacy Center, a new museum in development in Washington D.C. telling the story of American diplomacy and inspiring discovery of its global impact. I lead our museum’s rebrand, built and implemented style guide, redesigned and launched our website in WordPress, and wrote our digital strategy and the digital components of our museum’s interpretive plan. I also led other projects, such as our first hackathon, and exhibit testing at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. In my three previous roles, I also led branding efforts, including implementing website redesigns, building style guides, leading mission and vision defining activities, and unifying sub-brands.

Co-Chair: Kelsey will be looking to appoint someone to join her as co-chair during 2019.

Social Media SIG

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.

Co-Chair: Jonathan Munar, Director of Digital Media and Strategy, Art21

Jonathan Munar headshotJonathan Munar is the Director of Digital at Art21, heading the organization’s digital presence across Web, social media, and related platforms. Previously, Jonathan was a member of the Website department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has served on the board of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Media & Technology Professional Network and has been a presenter, guest lecturer, contributor, and panelist for organizations such as New York University, Baruch College, Art Dealers Association of America, Museum Computer Network, Museums and the Web, the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report, and the New York City ArtsTech Meetup.

Strategy SIG

Chair: Douglas Hegley, Chief Digital Officer, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Douglas Hegley joined the museum sector in 1997, after previous stints in higher education and pediatric research. During 14 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, he helped create collaborative technology operations and deliver engaging digital content to visitors. In 2011 he joined the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where as the Chief Digital Officer he sets the vision and strategy for all digital media and technology efforts, and aims to deliver engaging stories to all audiences via digital channels. Mr. Hegley has been recognized by his peers as a leader in the field, and has served on the boards and committees of several cultural heritage organizations, including the Minnesota Association of Museums, and MCN.

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.


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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! (now closed)

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Eric Longo
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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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