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Doing Museum Work: Your Thoughts

Museum 2.0

This month, we're thinking about the way we do work in museums. As someone texted me recently, Art History grad school didn't teach us anything about working with others in museums. Sharing articles that work is a great reason to stay on Museum Twitter by the way.

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Content Strategy for Digital Collections: Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Forum One

Museums, archives, and libraries share many goals and functions. The items that museums, archives, and libraries collect reflect the human spirit. Archivists, librarians, and museum curators understand this in a very personal way because this is what curation is all about.

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A Decade of Museums and Museum Work

Museum 2.0

I was thinking I’d do a few alternative histories of museums for the first post of the last month of the decade. As I imagined a world without the many museum tech projects of the decade, I felt inherently sad about the imagining away the successes that friends and colleagues have enjoying. As I imagined a world without Nina Simon ’s Participatory Museum , I felt sad about all the visitors whose voices (and post-it note comments) weren’t honored.

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

Museum 2.0

Writing my masters thesis for Gothenburg University’s International Museum Studies program while also working four days a week as the Director of Community Programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History this spring was certainly a challenge but also an incredible opportunity. I chose to focus my thesis on Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs. This can be accomplished through a variety of feedback methods conducted both inside and outside the museum.

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Fall Book Club Commencing: Visitor Voices in Museum Exhibitions

Museum 2.0

One of my most exciting moments of ASTC this year was picking up a copy of the newly released Visitor Voices in Museum Exhibitions , a collection of essays ten years in the making, edited by Kathy McLean and Wendy Pollock. This book provides a plethora of case studies and reflections on visitor contributions, co-expression, and creations in museum exhibitions over the last thirty years. Tags: Book Discussion: Visitor Voices

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Making Museum Tours Participatory: A Model from the Wing Luke Asian Museum

Museum 2.0

Last week, I visited the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. I've long admired this museum for its all-encompassing commitment to community co-creation , and the visit was a kind of pilgrimage to their new site (opened in 2008). I'm always a bit nervous when I visit a museum I love from afar. I am not typically a fan of museum tours. Because the Wing is a community-driven museum, Vi (and all the tour guides) are from the community and have strong ties to it.

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Six Museum-Related Blogs You Might Not Know About That Are Really Good

Museum 2.0

I believe that the museum blogosphere is still underdeveloped and there's lots of room for people to share their inspiration, experience, and ideas. I hope next year at this time, all six on this list will still be going strong and accompanied by a chorus of new voices. When anyone asks me who's doing great work blending online and onsite experiences in museums, I send them to Beck Tench at the Museum of Life and Science. The Museum of the Future.

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Creative, Authentic and United: Digital Engagement during COVID-19

Museum 2.0

This week we're hearing from Eastman Museum's Kate Meyers Emery. They have created elevated and new digital opportunities for public access and engagement within their respective museums at a time when physical access is not possible. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been able to attend talks and tours at museums I would never have been able to because I don’t live in that area. My team will also continue to protect and monitor the museum.

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Relativism, Multiculturalism, and Myth: New Stories about Modern Museums

Museum 2.0

What if witty cultural commentators reviewed museums the way they do music and restaurants? If Anthony Lane turned his cutting tongue from movies to museums? If Stephen Colbert "reported" on museums at times other than during the TV writer's strike? Political satirist PJ O'Rourke has written a maddeningly fascinating article on the Field Museum's new exhibition on Ancient Americas in the conservative publication The Weekly Standard.

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Centering Community (NOTES from my VEX talk)

Museum 2.0

It’s pretty normal for Western museums, for example, display objects taken from Non-Western countries. The first thing they wanted to tackle, and I’d argue the essential challenge of our work, was the relationship between museums and communities. The November/ December 2020 Museum magazine had an interview with urbanist Richard Florida he says “Museums are our community gathering spaces where we explore our differences, learn from our past, and plan for our future.”

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Sharing Power, Holding Expertise: The Future of Authority Revisited

Museum 2.0

letting museum visitors contribute and collaborate in museums), I now see this as a crucial issue also for more democratic and inclusive practice (i.e. As I reread this post, I think about the incredible opportunities (and risks) for cultural and civic organizations - rather than publicly-traded tech companies - to create and manage platforms on which people connect, share knowledge, and participate in civic life. Other person: "But doesn't that erode museums' authority?"

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Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report

Museum 2.0

I've added a fourth model to this citizen science typology, one may be more appropriate to facilities like museums than to scientific organizations: co-option. In some cases, the use of institutional content or facilities is known to the institution; for example, when a museum allows a community group to hold meetings on the premises or develop their own exhibits. But in other cases, people may use institutional resources without the institution's knowledge.

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Meditations on Relevance, Part 3: Who Decides What's Relevant?

Museum 2.0

One of my favorite comments on the first post in this series came from Lyndall Linaker, an Australian museum worker, who asked: " Who decides what is relevant? Community First Program Design At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History , we've gravitated towards a "community first" program planning model. Here are two examples: Our Youth Programs Manager, Emily Hope Dobkin, wanted to find a way to support teens at the museum. Not your voice.

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Where I'm Coming From

Museum 2.0

Why do you care about and or work in museums? I don't work in museums because I love them. When I visit a new city, I don't clamor to visit museums. And while I'll visit museums out of professional (and occasionally personal) interest, I don't do it because of a deep emotional connection. Yes, there are some extraordinary museum experiences that have changed my life, but they are the exception, not the norm. I don't work in museums because I love them.

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Forum One Wins 11 Communicator Awards

Forum One

The Zero to Three Policy Center, an organization is an independent, non-partisan research-based voice that educates the public and political leaders about the unique developmental needs of babies and toddlers. National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race.

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Designing Talkback Platforms for Different Dialogic Goals

Museum 2.0

Richard Rabinowitz, curator of exhibition, noted that the progressive nature of the questions yielded increasingly complex responses, and that "it was typically in response to the third or fourth question that visitors, now warmed up, typically began relating the exhibition to their previous knowledge and experience." Rabinowitz commented that "as a 40-year veteran of history museum interpretation, I can say that I never learned so much from and about visitors."

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The Novice Interpreter and the Art of Conversation

Museum 2.0

Radiolab does what I hope all great museum exhibitions can do--take a deep topic and make it compelling on many levels. But we're trying to model a kind of conversation with important people, powerful people, but particularly knowledgeable people, where we say--YOU can go up to a person with a lot of knowledge and ask him "why?," Which brings me to museums and how we present content. So maybe it isn't just about novice voice.

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Everyone's Smithsonian: Video, Slides, and an Open Strategic Planning Process

Museum 2.0

Two weeks ago, I conducted a participatory exhibit design workshop with staff at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Between the giant squid brainstorming and experimentation, I gave a talk to the larger Smithsonian Institution about multi-platform museum experiences. I tried to address the Smithsonian's particular challenges and opportunities while contextualizing it with lots of examples across different museum sizes and types.

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Change from the Inside: A Conversation with COSI

Museum 2.0

Today, an interview with staff from a museum with an incredibly healthy attitude towards experimentation with social media. Three things stand out in this interview: Like the Brooklyn Museum , COSI’s social media strategy is focused on local community connections, not national outreach. David, COSI’s CEO, really trusts his staff to engage appropriately in the social Web in ways that support and add value to the museum. Tags: Museums Engaging in 2.0

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Guest Post: Lessons Learned Designing a Mobile Game for Balboa Park

Museum 2.0

Lessons Learned 3: This is not a museum talking (what a relief!) Being a museum must be exhausting – you have to know so much and speak so carefully. In GISKIN, Pandora and Drake aren’t museum people: they have no special knowledge; they ask the same questions the audience is asking and don’t always get answers. Today, a guest post from one of the people who inspires me: Ken Eklund.

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5 DEI Strategies for Nonprofit Fundraising Success

Saleforce Nonprofit

An organization, company, or other entity can have all of the diversity numbers in the world, but until everyone feels included and that there is a place and voice for them, it is all for naught. Workstream priorities should reflect this knowledge. By: Yolanda F.

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Forum One Wins 10 Vega Awards

Forum One

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. We are excited to announce that Forum One has been recognized as a 2022 Vega Awards winner of 10 awards in seven different categories!

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Wanted: Your Advice (Guest Post)

Museum 2.0

As a graduate student in a museum studies program, I have learned how to develop an exhibit based on a collection of objects or a specific story. The University of Washington Museology Graduate Program invited Nina up to Seattle to teach a course on using social technologies in museums. Visit our website to find out how you can contribute video, photos, voice recordings or written advice.

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Groundswell Book Club Part 3: Energizing

Museum 2.0

In this post, an exploration of ways that museums can support promoters, convert detractors, and generally energize visitors to share their experience with others. Supporting Promoters Somewhere out there, there are people who love your museum. But this traditional model is private, building relationships between individuals and the museum rather than individuals and the world. Ratings and Reviews Imagine a visitor who leaves your museum enthused about her experience.

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The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Part Ex-Con, Part Farmer, Part Queen

Museum 2.0

Developmentally, teens are in the midst of a huge shift of agency and self-knowledge. It is the internal voice suggesting what they might and might not want to do. They are developing self-knowledge, setting new boundaries, gaining a stronger sense of what they want and where they want to be. For the last time this summer, I'm sharing a chapter from my new book The Art of Relevance to celebrate its release. Read more online and buy your own copy today.

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How Nonprofit Leaders Create An Authentic Personal Brand on Intsagram

Beth Kanter

But to be effective, nonprofit leaders also must excel at using their personal brands and voices in service of their organizations’ missions and strategies on Instagram and other social media channels. One of the best personal brands that I’ve seen on Instagram from a nonprofit leader is Thomas P Campbell the CEO of the Metropolitan Museum. This shot is a painting at a museum visited during a professional conference for museums.

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Cocktail Party Participation: Revisiting Twitter

Museum 2.0

Last year, I wrote a post explaining what Twitter is and how it might be applied in museums. Now, a year later, I’m using Twitter on a daily basis, and it’s brought up some new observations about participation on websites and in interactive venues like museums. When I previously wrote about Twitter, that was the extent of my knowledge. I’d love Museum 2.0 Each week, about 1,500 unique people visit Museum 2.0 On Twitter, I have 54 followers—1/30th of Museum 2.0’s

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Arts 2.0: Examples of Arts Organizations Social Media Strategies

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the best projects that illustrates the basic idea of Web2.0 - listening and conversation and stakeholders creating their own experience with your organization - comes from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The Museum solicited photographs from artists via an open call on their website, Facebook group, Flickr groups, and outreach to Brooklyn-based arts organizations. They ask judges to self-define their art knowledge. As does Indianapolis Museum of Art blog.

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10 Nonprofit Books from 2010

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I first met Mary in 2005 through my connection with the Global Voices community and can say that Mary is among the most knowledgeable and experienced digital activists in the world. 9 The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon. During 2010, I been able to read, blurb, write reviews, do blog giveaways, or author guest posts and interviews for a lot of terrific books that would be useful to nonprofit professionals in the social media, marketing, and ICT areas.

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Sectorness: What does "nonprofit" do for us?

ASU Lodestar Center

I can understand why somebody interested in museums wouldn't want to cover ground on health sector management. I also understand why somebody interested in health care wouldn't want to know the ins and outs of museums. Both hospitals and museums rely to some extent on fundraising, giving rise to a cadre of fundraising professionals. Both are governed by boards of directors and can benefit from cutting edge knowledge of board development. posted by. Mark Hager, Ph.D.

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Taking Your Professional Development Global!

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Maureen O'Brien Development Director Musical Instrument Museum. As the development director at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), which celebrates the music of every country in the world, my team has a platform to fundraise internationally. I already had some knowledge of the differences between philanthropic culture in Europe and the US but I walked away with a much more nuanced understanding.

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Taking Your Professional Development Global!

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Maureen O''Brien Development Director Musical Instrument Museum I recently had the opportunity to travel to Paris, France to attend the 5ème conférence de fundraising pour le secteur culturel (5th conference on fundraising for the cultural sector) put on by the Association Française des Fundraisers (French Association of Fundraisers). I also enjoyed a presentation by Alice Black, Deputy Director of the Design Museum in London.

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Losing Mobile Users? Easy Mobile-Website Builder Can Help You: New TechSoup Program

Tech Soup Blog

No tech knowledge, no web-development experience, no knowledge of HTML is ever needed — the website builder is simple and user-friendly. Do you host exhibits or operate a museum? You can opt to let visitors dial in and leave voice feedback for your tour or exhibit. Guide by Cell webinar: " The 21st Century Mobile Museum ," Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. (PT). Change Isn't Coming. It's Here.

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60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ideal for activist organizations, CrowdVoice allows organizers to create “Voices” of protest where users can monitor and contribute links, photos, and videos of protests worldwide. If your nonprofit is active on Pinterest or wants to make better use of your digital library, knowledge of photo-editing is essential. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc.

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We Tell Stories: Thinking Inside New Boxes

Museum 2.0

On Tuesday, I'll be chairing a session at the AAM (American Association of Museums) conference called Eye on Design: Inspiration from Outside the Museum , in which we will feature creative and intriguing design elements from worlds away from museums--guitar stores, baseball stadiums, and more. We've seen that happen with The Tech Virtual Museum Workshop. What are some novel "exhibit forms" that we can use to rethink the way we tell stories in museums?

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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ideal for mobile social media managers, VoiceTexter is an iPhone app that instantly transcribes your voice messages. Museum of Me :: intel.com/museumofme. A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. The number of low-cost or free online resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding.

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Women in Nonprofit Technology Who Rock: Adding to Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology List

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

is senior consultant for Common Knowledge and covers the sustainable food community. is the managing editor for Global Voices. is the author of the popular Museum 2.0 Blog that covers how museums are using social media. In December, Fast Company published an article called " The Most Influential Women in Web 2.0 " featuring about a dozen amazing women who work in the Web 2.0 world.

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70 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ideal for activist organizations, CrowdVoice allows organizers to create “Voices” of protest where users can monitor and contribute links, photos, and videos of protests worldwide. If your nonprofit is active on Pinterest or wants to make better use of your digital library, knowledge of photo-editing is essential. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc.

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85 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ideal for activist organizations, CrowdVoice allows organizers to create “Voices” of protest where users can monitor and contribute links, photos, and videos of protests worldwide. If your nonprofit is active on Pinterest or wants to make better use of your digital library, knowledge of photo-editing is essential. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc.

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100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ideal for activist organizations, CrowdVoice allows organizers to create “Voices” of protest where users can monitor and contribute links, photos, and videos of protests worldwide. If your nonprofit is active on Pinterest or wants to make better use of your digital library, knowledge of photo-editing is essential. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc.

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