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MCN 2020 VIRTUAL is LIVE!

MCN is here to connect you to ideas, opportunities, practices—and most importantly, to each other during this pivotal moment. Our sector is working through a series of immense crises. Members of our community are dealing with job loss and/or reduced wages. Some institutions continue to operate with a primarily remote workforce, while others are attempting…

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MCN receives transformational capacity building grant from Knight Foundation

I am delighted to announce that MCN (Museum Computer Network) has just received a 2-year, $211,000 capacity building grant from the Knight Foundation to respond to the evolving technology and digital needs of museum professionals as the sector moves through an unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Knight support will advance our mission to…

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2020 Call for Board Members

We’re pleased to announce the 2020 call for candidates to be considered for MCN’s  Board of Directors. MCN is looking to recruit four (4) board members to replace those whose 3-year term will be ending in November. WHY SERVE ON THE MCN BOARD OF DIRECTORS? Envisioning a world in which all museums are empowered digitally…

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Black Lives Matter

Ahmaud Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man fatally shot while jogging. Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police during a late night, “no knock” search warrant. George Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man fatally asphyxiated by police. Rayshard Brooks was a 27-year-old black man fatally shot multiple times in the back by police. These tragic events are part of a long history of systemic racism and violence in the United States that disproportionately affects Black communities.

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The MCN Virtual Town Hall

In mid April, we held a Virtual Town Hall that gathered about 88 members of the MCN community to discuss the decision to take the 2020 annual conference virtual this November. MCN Board President Matt Tarr and Executive Director Eric Longo shared introductory thoughts. Conference Co-Chairs Andrea Montiel de Shuman, Andrea Ledesma, Mimosa Shah, and…

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Strategy SIG Webinar Roundup

By Tricia Robson, Chair, Strategy Special Interest Group The Strategy SIG is dedicated to big picture strategic topics that impact organizations and the museum sector at large—topics such as change leadership, strategic planning, leadership development, digital transformation, working methodologies, and more. As museums undergo great change and redefinition, the group seeks to focus on the…

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The 8 Essential Things Museums are Providing Right Now

We’re all in unique little bubbles at the moment, learning how to navigate this continually shifting stay-at-home environment. It’s impacted different people in very different ways. But one thing has been consistent from day one—in spite of their doors closing, the museums of the world have stepped up to fill the void. It was stunning…

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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

In the blink of an eye, once-crowded museums sit empty. We’re preparing ourselves for social distancing and potential quarantine. This is the time for museum technology to step up and fill the void. The potential of online collections, virtual tours, and social media campaigns have always been there, but now the opportunity for impact is…

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Announcing the 2020 DEAI Advisory Board

Please join me in congratulating the latest cohorts of the MCN Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion advisory board members! This year marks the third iteration of the advisory board since its inception (see Charter). New members this year will serve a two-year term (ending December 2021) working on various initiatives and projects that further diversity…

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Let’s kick off 2020! A Message from your Conference Program Co-Chairs

Written by Andrea Montiel de Shuman and Andrea Ledesma, MCN 2020 Conference Program Chairs After a lovely break, we’re kicking off the year by getting started with MCN 2020. Last year, we introduced a number of changes meant to enhance the conference experience. To all those who attended, presented, and sponsored: thank you! Your feedback…

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