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Sharing and learning among museum professionals

By Diana Marques, Doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum Bio: Hi! I have a background in Biology and specialize in Visual Scientific Communication, working with technology, illustration and animation in a variety of scientific subjects and techniques, for museums, publishers and researchers. I’m a Smithsonian fellow pursuing a doctorate degree in Digital Media, focusing on the museum visitor…

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Brining our own humanity into the museum space

By Daniel Caulfield-Sriklad, Fulbright Visiting Researcher, Drexel Digital Museum, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University Connecting with like-minded professionals is one of the most valuable and enriching professional experiences. There are exciting movements with digital technology and the arts however; it is fundamental to share these movements so that we can progress in a conscious and…

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The Cherry on the Cake, No Wait, Spoon: A Taste from an MCN First-Timer

 By Laura Hoffman, Manager of K–12 Digital and Educator Initiatives, The Phillips Collection What’s it like being a first-timer at the MCN conference? It’s hard to fit into one post. Working within the digital sphere of museums for the past five years, I kept hearing more and more about the MCN community and its conference. As a scholarship recipient and a presenter, I wanted to…

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Co-Powering to Create Inclusive Museums

By Hana Maruyama, Multimedia Producer, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center   In museums, we talk about empowering and we talk about sharing the stories of communities of color, but we need to do more than that. If we were succeeding at sharing these stories, museum audiences and workers would not be overwhelmingly white and Michelle Obama would not have said…

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An archivist goes to a Museum Technology Conference…

By Lesley Parilla, Cataloger, Smithsonian Field Book Project   I’ve attended library and archive conferences, but found 2015 MCN conference in Minneapolis to be one the most relevant to my work I found in years. Why? Because the project on which I work blends library and archive techniques. It can be challenging to explain this blend of…

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Making Hidden Collections Visible: Highlights from MCN 2015

By Nicole Lovenjak, Library Practicum (2014-2015), The Banff Centre Earlier this year the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) reached out to its members and asked for submissions that addressed MCN’s conference theme from our own perspective. As a new art information professional, having just recently completed my MLIS, I jumped at the chance to gain insight into this…

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Join the MCN 2016 Program Planning Committee!

MCN is looking to add Program Co-Chairs for 2016-2017 Position Title: Program Co-Chair (2 positions) Period: 1 year, with the possibility of a 2nd term Start: Mid-December 2015 Commitment: 1-3 hours/week throughout the year, increasing as the conference nears; full time during the conference. The 2016 Co-Chair must be available one weekend in January for…

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The Intersection between Social Innovation, Museums and Digital

Reflections on the MCN 2015 keynote speech by Haitham Eid, Assistant Professor/Interim Director, Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program, Southern University at New Orleans. I have just returned from Minneapolis after attending the MCN conference for the first time. It was a very rewarding experience and I had the chance to meet with some wonderful and intelligent…

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Welcome to the Board!

Following the 2015 Call for MCN Board Directors Candidates, we received 20 applications for only 4 Director vacancies. After reviewing each candidate’s outstanding application, the Nominating Committee selected the four candidates it believed best match the needs of the Board in the next three years as outlined in the Call for Candidates. The Board approved…

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MCN Scholars to Share Their Conference Experiences

Each year, MCN offers scholarships to qualified applicants from the cultural sector to attend the annual conference. The scholarship includes free registration and hotel stay for the duration of the conference, participation in a free workshop, and a stipend to defray travel costs. Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and provide…

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2015 Call for MCN Board Directors Candidates

NOTE: The deadline has passed. The Nominating Committee will review all applications the week of October 13, 2015 and prepare a slate of the top four candidates that it believes are best suited to serve the needs of MCN in the next 3 years. That slate will be then shared with the full Board of Directors…

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#MCN2015 Proposal Selections by May 31

Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal for the MCN 2015 conference in Minneapolis, MN Nov 4-7. The Program Committee has already begun reviewing abstracts and will let authors know if their proposal was selected by May 31.

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