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February 2021 SIG Corner: IT SIG.

Meet Janice Craddock, Chair of the Information Technology SIG. I started at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art the year Windows 1.0 was released. Yes, that is 1.0! What an adventure it has been to be a part of the technology as it has grown over the years! Hi, this is Janice Craddock, chair…

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MCN Insights: Collaborative Social Media Campaigns

By Hilary-Morgan Watt, Director of Digital Engagement, Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, and Emily Haight, Social Media Manager, New-York Historical Society + Social Media SIG Chair. Whether you’re sending a #MuseumBouquet, dodging a virtual snowball, or chatting with a T. rex, nothing delights online audiences more than seeing museums “play” with audiences and each other…

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Introducing MCN Insights, a new blog series for sharing thought-provoking ideas.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging years in recent memory. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world as we knew it. And it’s changing us. As individuals, many of us are shaken to our core, bruised, uncertain about everything, and emotionally drained. The travel…

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January 2021 SIG Corner: Update from the Media Production and Branding SIG.

Our first SIG Corner post of 2021 is authored by Ryan Waggoner, co-chair of MCN’s Media Production and Branding SIG. SIGs are MCN members’ communities of practice organized around specific topics of interest or niche practice areas. Learn more and join a SIG today! So far January 2021 is feeling a lot like most of…

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MCN Insights blog series. When Museums Embrace Zoom Our Brains Suffer

By David Nuñez, Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at the MIT Museum and MCN Board member since 2019. He publishes a weekly newsletter about emerging technologies and our cyborganic relationship with computation. I’ll just say it. Zoom has been a miracle for museums this past year. It is also an inherently dehumanizing interface. We…

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Reflecting on 2020, looking forward to 2021

2020 has been a trying year on so many fronts. As the year draws to an end, let’s take a moment to reflect on the profoundly disruptive impact that the pandemic has had on our lives, our communities and the museum sector. It’s equally important to acknowledge how each of us, in our own ways,…

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Meet the 2021 SIG Chairs!

Thank you for participating in the 2020 Annual SIG Chairs Elections! Join me in congratulating all of the SIG Chairs reelected for the 2021 term and in welcoming five newly elected Chairs who’ll be joining this amazing group of community leaders and volunteers to co-lead the SIGs this year: Rachael Winter Durant, Chelsea Shannon, Tristan…

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Elect your 2021 SIG chairs and co-chairs!

Each December, we ask the MCN community to elect chairs and co-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. SIGs are organized around specific topics of interest or niche practice areas that reflect the diversity of…

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2021 Mentorship Program

Since its inception in 2017, MCN’s Mentorship Program has offered well over 120 participants to date a structured and supportive environment for mentors and mentees to be uniquely paired with each other, develop a professional relationship over the course of about 10 months, guide mentees through career challenges, provide peer-to-peer support, while giving mentors the…

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Let’s hang out! Social Experiences for MCN 2020 Virtual

Like you, we’re counting down the days to MCN 2020 VIRTUAL. Many have shared their excitement about the program. Now, next to our wonderful lineup of speakers, we’re thrilled to announce the social events for this year’s conference.  As Conference Program Co-Chairs and members of the MCN community, we know that much of the value…

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