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MCN Program Co-Chair 2017 & 2018

Position Title: Program Co-Chair

Period: 2 years

Start: Mid-December 2016

Commitment: 2-5 hours/week throughout the year, increasing as the conference nears; full time during the conference. Available one weekend in February/March for a site visit to that year’s conference location (paid for by MCN).

Compensation: Program Co-Chair is a volunteer role and is therefore not compensated. MCN does however offer complimentary registration to the annual conference during the year(s) you serve.

Location: MCN’s Annual Conference is a North American based-conference that supports global involvement and has an emerging international following. The successful candidate is required to attend the Conference in person, as well as participate in regular phone or online meetings.
MCN2017 will take place in Pittsburgh, November 7–10, 2017.

Deadline: January 15th

 

Description

MCN is looking for one thoughtful, motivated and dynamic museum professionals to join us as MCN Program Co-Chair. This is an opportunity to help shape the future of a major museum technology conference, immerse yourself in cutting edge developments in the sector, broaden your networks on a national level, and to gain experience and professional development in event programming.

The Program Co-Chair provides leadership for the annual MCN Conference, creating the program through the conception and organization of panels, presentations, paper sessions, readings, performances, exhibitions, installations, workshops, and special events. With current Co-Chairs Jennifer Foley and Trish Oxford, the newly appointed Co-Chair will work together to develop an innovative and experiential conference program that serves the evolving needs of the MCN community as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, and then assume the lead Co-Chair role for the 2018 conference.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about the intersection of museums and technology, and interested in developing an innovative conference program, ideally having attended MCN at least twice in the previous five years, and with one of those years being 2016 (preferred) or 2015. They will have existing networks within the sector, and a strong understanding of the issues facing museums with regards to technology. They will be active in the museum or cultural technology community (museums, archives, libraries, etc.) and knowledgeable of trusted sources of information; a proactive self-starter; have excellent oral and written communication skills; be a creative, big thinker; and be diplomatic under pressure.

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

For further information and a full overview of responsibilities, email program@mcn.edu.

To apply, please send an email articulating why you think you’d be a good fit for this position, and noting any relevant experience to: jobs@mcn.edu. Please include a CV or link to your LinkedIn profile.

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The Ultimate Mixtape: Putting Together the #MCN2016 Program

Post it notes with MCN 2016 session proposals written on them.

This week, we sent out acceptances for the MCN 2016 conference program. Whew!

The overall quality of proposals was exceptionally high this year and we are so excited about all the sessions we have lined up. That being said, due to the high number of proposals we received (nearly 300), we have unfortunately had to reject a high number of proposals, so we wanted to provide some insight into the evaluation and selection process.

How it all starts…

The Program Committee is made up of 28 people, each bringing a different perspective from across the sector. Every proposal was assigned for review by three Program Committee members with relevant professional expertise on the topic. Evaluators were asked to provide feedback in three ways:

  1. A recommendation about whether the session was a “must have,” “nice to have,” “ok,” or “not suitable.”
  2. Number-based ratings on a series of criteria, such as relevance to the conference theme and the session’s potential to contribute to the museum sector.
  3. Additional descriptive comments to contextualize ratings, including recommendations to the Program Co-Chairs about things that could improve the proposal.

Putting the program together

Once all of the proposals were reviewed by the Committee, the Program Co-Chairs spent an entire weekend locked in a hotel room putting the first draft of the program together. (This involved a lot of Post-It notes!) Each session’s name was written on a Post-It showing its overall rating, and the three descriptive tags its owner included with the submission.

Our first job was to look for the top-ranking proposals from all of the session types (workshops, case studies, presentations, and professional forums). Then, each session was reviewed to ensure that the comments and recommendations supported the high rankings. From there, the process became a little more complex. We looked at topic representation. Were key topics areas covered? Were there any redundancies? We also considered the diversity of presenters. We wanted a good mix of speakers, including first timers and more experienced presenters, small museums, non-art museums, and sessions that included a gender mix. Next, we looked to include topics relevant to each Special Interest Group (SIG), prompting us to reach out to some SIGs with follow-up questions. In response to the Committee’s comments, we reached out to some of the proposers to ask whether they would be willing to edit a few things. Finally, we assigned sessions to time slots and to conference rooms in the hotel, looking for ways to get the most out of every minute possible.

Getting excited for an inspiring conference in November

This process took around three weeks, leading up to sending acceptance emails on Tuesday morning. Ultimately, the Chairs trusted the qualified opinions of the Program Committee. When tough decisions had to be made, we returned to the language of the original proposals in question and evaluated their merit for ourselves. Each Program Co-Chair brought her own partialities and priorities, but all decisions sprung from open and generative discussions about what kind of experience we wanted to create for attendees. Our goal was to build a challenging and surprising compilation of sessions with real world applications that would, together, create an inspiring conference. We think MCN 2016 is going to be exactly that, and we cannot wait to share the full program with you soon.

If you did receive an offer to the Program, please confirm your acceptance by June 20. If your session was not selected, and you’d like feedback, please contact us at program@mcn.edu. We’ll also be running a short session at the Conference on how the Program Committee works, including some trends we noticed amongst the strongest proposals. Please come if you’d like to learn more or want to register your interest in being part of the MCN 2017 Program Committee.

Thank you to all the members of the MCN 2016 Program Committee for the hard work they’ve done to guide us in shaping the MCN 2016 Program.

Suse Cairns, Jennifer Foley, & Trish Oxford

Program Co-Chairs

MCN 2016 Conference

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2016 CALL FOR BOARD CANDIDATES

2015-06-28-20-24-08

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

 

WHY SERVE ON THE MCN BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

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

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

WHY APPLY NOW?

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

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

WHAT’S EXPECTED OF MCN BOARD MEMBERS?

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

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

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

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

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

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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

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

WHAT’S THE NOMINATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS?

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

HOW DO I APPLY?

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

WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO HEAR BACK?

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

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

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

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

Thank you for being a part of MCN. #MCNLove

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

 

 

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

By Suse Cairn, MCN Conference Program Chair

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

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

 

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Jennifer Foley

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

 

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

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Join the MCN 2016 Program Planning Committee!

MCN is looking to add Program Co-Chairs for 2016-2017

Position Title: Program Co-Chair (2 positions)
Period: 1 year, with the possibility of a 2nd term
Start: Mid-December 2015
Commitment: 1-3 hours/week throughout the year, increasing as the conference nears; full time during the conference. The 2016 Co-Chair must be available one weekend in January for a site visit to New Orleans (paid for by MCN).
Fee: Program Co-Chair is a volunteer role and is not compensated. MCN does however offer complimentary registration to the annual conference during the year(s) you serve.
Location: MCN’s Annual Conference is a North American based-conference that supports global involvement and has an emerging international following. The successful candidate is required to attend the Conference in person, as well as participating in regular phone or online meetings.

MCN2016 will take place in New Orleans, November 1-4, 2016.

Description
MCN is looking for two thoughtful, motivated and dynamic museum professionals to join us as MCN Program Co-Chairs. This is an opportunity to help shape the future of a major museum technology conference, immerse yourself in cutting edge developments in the sector, broaden your networks on a national level, and to gain experience and professional development in event programming.

Program Co-Chairs provide leadership for the annual MCN Conference, creating the program through the conception and organisation of panels, presentations, paper sessions, readings, performances, exhibitions, installations, workshops, and special events. With current Co-Chair Suse Cairns, the newly appointed Co-Chairs will work together to develop an innovative conference program that serves the evolving needs of the MCN community as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2017, with one Appointee focussed on the 2016 conference with the current Co-Chair, and one looking forward to the 2017 conference.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about the intersection of museums and technology, and interested in developing an innovative conference program, ideally having attended MCN at least once in the previous five years. They will have existing networks within the sector, and a strong understanding of the issues facing museums with regards to technology. They will be active in the museum or cultural technology community (museums, archives, libraries, etc.) and knowledgeable of trusted sources of information; a proactive self-starter; have excellent oral and written communication skills; be a creative, big thinker; and be diplomatic under pressure.

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

For further information and a full overview of responsibilities, please email program@mcn.edu 

To apply, please send an email articulating why you think you’d be a good fit for this position, and noting any relevant experience to: program@mcn.edu. Please include a CV or link to your LinkedIn profile. DEADLINE – DECEMBER 4th

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2015 Call for MCN Board Directors Candidates

2015-06-28-20-24-08

NOTE: The deadline has passed.

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


 

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

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

WHY SERVE ON THE MCN BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

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

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

WHY APPLY NOW?

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

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


WHAT’S EXPECTED OF MCN BOARD MEMBERS?

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

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

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

WHAT’S THE NOMINATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS?

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

HOW DO I APPLY?

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

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

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

WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO HEAR BACK?

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

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

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

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

Thank you for being a part of MCN. #MCNLove

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

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

 

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