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Snowstorms, Strategy and Making Membership Great (Again).

For the second year in a row, a small group of MCN board members–Carolyn Royston (President), Suse Anderson (VP/Pdt Elect), Bert Degenhart Drenth (Treasurer), Laura Mann (Strategic Partnerships chair), Elizabeth Bollwerk (Professional Development chair), Deborah Howes, and Nik Honeysett–joined me at the Newark Airport Hilton on a recent weekend for a strategic retreat. Holding a…

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MCN 2016 Sessions – Human-Centered Community Engagement in a Digital World: Lessons from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museums History Unfolded Project

Human-Centered Community Engagement in a Digital World: Lessons from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s History Unfolded Project Friday, November 4, 2016 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Session Leader : Eric Schmalz, Citizen History Community Manager, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Crowdsourcing and citizen history projects are becoming increasingly popular. A growing number of museums…

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Welcome MCN 2016 Program Co-Chair, Rob Weisberg!

Post by Program co-chair, Trish Oxford   Jennifer Foley and I are excited to announce that Rob Weisberg will be our newest Program Co-Chair for #MCN2017! This year, in addition to developing the conference theme, call for proposals, program structure, and creative events, the Program Committee will also ensure that MCN’s 50th anniversary gets recognized…

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MCN 2016 Sessions – Making 3,000 collections accessible through Art UK

Making 3,000 collections accessible through Art UK Friday, November 4, 2016 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Session Leader : Cristiano Bianchi Launched on the 24th February 2016, Art UK is the new online home for art from every public collection in the United Kingdom. Art UK has worked in partnership with over 3,000 public collections…

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MCN 2016 Sessions – National Museum Website Visitor Motivation Survey: Findings and Applications

National Museum Website Visitor Motivation Survey: Findings and Applications Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Session Leader: Martin Spellerberg, Developer, Spellerberg Associates Speaker: Alli Burness, Experience Designer, ThinkPlace Speaker: Susan Edwards, Associate Director, Digital Content, The Hammer Museum Speaker: Jacques Haba, Digital Media Manager, Nasher Sculpture Center Speaker: Jonathan Munar, Director of…

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MCN 2016 Sessions – User Experience Design Considerations for Multi-Museum Online Collaborations

User Experience Design Considerations for Multi-Museum Online Collaborations Friday, November 4, 2016 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Session Leader: Duane Degler, Principal, Design for Context Co-Presenter: Lesley Humphreys, Senior User Experience Designer, Design for Context We increasingly engage in projects where we are asked to accommodate multiple collections, sites, and institutions into the planning, data…

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#MCN50 Voices: Andrea Ledesma & Diana Folsom

Post by Andrea Ledesma   This year MCN celebrates its 50th anniversary. From birthday parties to archive dives, and of course to the annual conference, there’s no shortage of opportunities to honor this landmark year. Today, we’re kicking off #MCN50 Voices. Just as MCN has established a network of established and emerging professionals, #MCN50 Voices…

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MCN 2016 Session – Blending the Tangible and Digital to Craft New Co-Designed Interactions for Museums

Blending the tangible and digital to craft new co-designed interactions for museums Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Session Leader: Nicholas Dulake, Mr, Sheffield Hallam University The technology that underpins the Internet of Things, offers ways to embed interactivity within the exhibition: microprocessors, sensors, and actuators can be concealed within reactive spaces…

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MCN 2016 Sessions – ‘We Are Going to Need a Bigger Boat’ Building Collaboration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

  We Are Going to Need a Bigger Boat’ Building Collaboration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Friday, November 4, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Session Leader: William Weinstein, John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick Director of Information and Interpreti, Philadelphia Museum of Art Co-Presenter: Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate…

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MCN 2016 Sessions – Working with Digital Humanities Students in Museums: Why We Should, How We Can

  Working with Digital Humanities Students in Museums: Why We Should, How We Can Friday, November 4, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Session Leader: Philip Leers, Project Manager, Digital Initiatives, Hammer Museum Co-Presenter: Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, Michigan State University Museum Speaker: Brinker Ferguson, PhD candidate, University of California Santa Cruz Speaker: Alex…

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#MCN50 – The MCN Archives

In fifty years, MCN has collected a lot of history. The principle repository for MCN’s records is the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) in downtown Washington DC. MCN records totaling nearly fifty boxes are spread across six record groups at SIA. These collections include everything from news articles and financial records to board minutes and conference…

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MCN 2016 Sessions – Hello and Welcome! Strategies for Social Inclusion

Hello and Welcome! Strategies for Social Inclusion Wednesday, November 2, 2016 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Session Leader: Christina DePaolo, Director of Communications, 4Culture Co-Presenter: Lauren Semet, Digital Engagement Strategist, 4Culture Co-Presenter: Tasia Endo, Museum Educator for Interpretive Technology, Seattle Art Museum Co-Presenter: Leilani Lewis, Assistant Director of Diversity, Communications and Outreach, University of Washington…

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