MCN50 Jobs

New #musetech Jobs in a Mixed Reality Future

By Zejun Cai   In the past few months, the MCN Job Description History team has hopped on a time machine and documented the shifting and persisting trends in #musetech jobs over the last 50 years. Tracing back to the days when people who run or visit a museum had never used an iPhone has…

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Check the Classifieds…

By Eric Johnson   As readers can probably tell from earlier posts by other members of this committee, mining old #musetech job listings is really a lot of fun. My task has been to scour the last 50 years of New York Times classified listings, pulling together job ads for positions advertising some kind of use of technology in museums. As an aside, there’s some…

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Technologist-in-Chief: When Digital Reaches Museum Leadership

By Desi Gonzalez   As digital technologies have come to permeate contemporary culture, social life, and workplaces, museums have increasingly recognized their value. This is nowhere better illustrated than when #musetech reaches museum leadership. In 2014, the Peabody Essex Museum’s Ed Rodley noticed an increase in technology-related C-level positions, sharing that “it was heartening to…

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For the Record: How Times have Changed for Museum Registrars

By Sheila Carey   The MCN job description history team has been mining #musetech jobs over the last 50 years to learn about the evolution of our field. In this post, we’re on the island of registrarial positions. I’m looking at how the registrar’s job has changed over MCN’s lifetime, and in this post I’ll…

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The Tech It Is A-Changin’: 50 Years of #Musetech Trends

By Sean Blinn   In 1860, the Pony Express started running in the United States. It allowed mail to be delivered from one side of North America to the other in a couple of weeks, not several months. Though it became the stuff of legend, it actually lasted for only 18 months, driven out of…

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Mapping islands: Visualizing a job history dataset

By Sarah Outhwaite   A #musetech job has never been an easy thing to find. They only emerge when enough institutional pressure builds up to break the surface. The Job Description History Project team spent this summer hunting not for one museum technology job, but for hundreds. By scraping historic records, we aim to understand…

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Colleagues in Museum Automation: Introducing the MCN Job Description History Project

By Desi Gonzalez     This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of MCN. In other words, it’s been fifty years since a group of individuals galvanized around changes in technology and cultural institutions to form this loose field we call #musetech. A community of practitioners came together with the aims of sharing knowledge, developing…

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