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“What’s Emerging in the Field?: Essays from the MCN 2020 VIRTUAL Scholarship Program Recipients.”

Last year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, MCN repurposed its planned in-person annual conference into a virtual experience. Thanks to the generous support of the Kress Foundation, MCN was also able to redesign its long running Scholarship Program to award scholarships to 10 qualified emerging professionals from the cultural sector. The grant allowed…

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MCN Insights: Making the most of our open source projects

By Andy Cummins, Director of Product Development at Cogapp, and MCN Board member. I’ve been thinking about what it takes for an open source project to fulfill its potential as a shared resource for the GLAM community. What do I mean by open source? When I say open source project, I’m not going to get…

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July 2021 SIG Corner: Digital Imaging SIG

By Christopher Ciccone, Collections Photographer & Digital Asset Manager at the North Carolina Museum of Art and chair of the Digital Imaging SIG. Twitter: @musepix I’m often asked about my work in Cultural Heritage (CH) imaging, and while sometimes I answer that I take pictures of pictures, I usually talk about the fact that the…

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MCN 2021: more proposals needed!

Thanks to all of you who already submitted proposals for MCN 2021! Given the new format for this year’s event, we received a good range of submissions in the following tracks: Leadership & Strategy; Interpretation, Storytelling & Education; Ethical Responsibilities of Museums, and Experience Design & Immersive Technologies. However, we’re looking for a few more…

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MCN Collaborates with UX-focused Graduate Students from Pratt Institute

By Prachi Chhajed, John Decker, Ian Gregory, Sarah Tsao, and Zhichun Zhao; Pratt Institute, 2021 students As part of ongoing efforts to improve the user experience across the MCN website, Executive Director Eric Longo and Senior Digital Strategist Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli recently paired with a group of UX-focused graduate students from Pratt Institute’s School of…

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2021 Call for Board Members

We’re pleased to announce the 2021 call for candidates to be considered for MCN’s Board of Directors. MCN is looking to recruit at least 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…

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June 2021 SIG Corner: Social Media SIG

By Emily Haight, Social Media Manager at New-York Historical Society (@em_dash_h8 on Twitter) & Jonathan Munar, Director of Digital Media and Strategy at Art21 (@jonnymoon on Twitter) For social media managers who are overtaxed more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we, your loyal Social Media SIG chairs, have pulled together a few resources…

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May 2021 SIG Corner: Data & Insights SIG.

By Chris Unitt, Founder of One Further and co-chair of the Data & Insights SIG. It’s been a busy time in the world of museum data and insights, with changes happening on lots of different fronts. Here’s an overview of what’s been going on. We all know that pandemic-related closures accelerated the trend towards digital…

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MCN Insights: Let’s do better than “back to normal”.

By Nathan Adkisson, Director of Strategy and Associate Creative Director at Local Projects, and MCN Board member. After a brutal year, there’s no doubt that we’ve turned a corner. Vaccination numbers climb higher. We are spending more time outside, and beginning to travel again. Museums are cautiously reopening. Many of us have started going back…

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A world of art at our fingertips: How COVID-19 accelerated the digitization of culture

A world of art at our fingertips: How COVID-19 accelerated the digitization of culture published on Friday May 8, 2021 in CBC News talks about some digital initiatives rolled out by many cultural institutions this past year. Among those interviewed for this piece were Marty Spellerberg and Danuta Sierhuis, and MCN was also mentioned.

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April 2021 SIG Corner: Strategy SIG.

By Tricia Robson, Senior Project Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Susan Wigodner, Manager of Integrated Media at the Obama Foundation – Strategy SIG Co-chairs. Much has been said about the seismic shift brought on by the pandemic for museums—and ultimately our world. We quickly adapted to new ways of working, connecting with…

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MCN Insights: NFTs are a scam.

By Andrea Ledesma, Digital Product Specialist, The Field Museum, Jeremy Munro, Database Administrator, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Erin Canning, Ontology Systems Analyst, LINCS, University of Guelph and MCN Board member, and Claire Blechman, former Digital Asset Manager, Peabody Essex Museum. In recent weeks, the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the sale and distribution…

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