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Tuesday, November 10
 

11:00am EST

Welcome Session
Whether it's your first MCN or your thirteenth, you are invited to join the MCN 2020 VIRTUAL program co-chairs for an orientation to the first-ever virtual MCN conference. Learn about the platforms we are using and how to engage virtually to network with colleagues and participate in sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Mimosa Shah

Mimosa Shah

Adult Program Coordinator, Skokie Public Library
Mimosa Shah develops, manages, and evaluates informal learning opportunities for adults at Skokie Public Library, located near Chicago, Illinois. Her interests include media literacy and ways to deal with misinformation campaigns; digital photography and how we use various platforms... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Steinfels

Meredith Steinfels

Assistant Director, Digital Platforms, Media, & Archives, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
I am a database/digital asset/digital project manager and archivist at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth. Within my practice I focus on equitable digital literacy and access to information.
avatar for Andrea Montiel de Shuman

Andrea Montiel de Shuman

Digital Experience Designer, Independent
Andrea Montiel de Shuman is a Digital Experience Designer focused on collaborating to create digital experiences to help communities see themselves in art. Among other collaborations, Andrea serves as Program Co-Chair of Museum Computer Network, Organizing Committee of the Tech... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Ledesma

Andrea Ledesma

Digital Product Specialist, Field Museum
Andrea Ledesma is the Digital Product Specialist for the Web & Digital Engagement Team. She supports the maintenance of fieldmuseum.org and development of digital storytelling projects, while keeping a keen eye on user experience and digital strategy. A public humanist and digital... Read More →


Tuesday November 10, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EST
Live stream channel 1

12:30pm EST

Opening Remarks
Eric Longo (MCN Executive Director) and Matt Tarr (MCN President) will welcome you to MCN 2020 VIRTUAL.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Tarr

Matt Tarr

Director of Digital Architecture, American Museum of Natural History
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.


Tuesday November 10, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1

1:00pm EST

Lessons from the Coronavirus: There Is No “Pivot”
The 2020 pandemic upended most museums' business and engagement strategy for the year. It exposed the foundations underlying our efforts across digital, good and bad, and in many cases, it caught us flat-footed. Digital groups acted quickly to change their mandate entirely. The goal of digital engagement and marketing shifted from driving visitation to a physical place, to creating an equally compelling online museum. Digital teams had to figure out quickly how to engage audiences stuck at home with no chance to visit their institutions. The call for change was quick, often panicked, and came from all leadership levels. This was often referred to as a pivot. Is this an accurate description of how digital teams responded or was the quick response a reflection of the way digital professionals work on a regular basis? Our discussion will explore this topic, among others.

In this informal discussion, three digital leaders will talk about the ways that what has been described as a rapid, freewheeling “pivot” was actually doable because of well-laid foundational plans, skills, and teamwork. We will discuss the reasons why our digital teams were positioned to succeed in the quickly changing environment of the COVID-19 closure, how we adapted, and what this reinforces for how we can work in the future. We will also explore lessons learned, and demonstrate the distinction between pivoting versus building on top of groundwork that had been in the planning for years, utilizing existing collaborative structures and systems upon which we had long relied.

In this session, we hope a discussion of the lessons learned from this pandemic, and from the ‘pivot’ will help museums plan for a better future, and not get caught flat-footed in the next global crisis.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Dunn

Brad Dunn

Web and Digital Engagement Director, The Field Museum
As the Web and Digital Engagement Director, Brad focuses on building a forward-thinking digital ecosystem to engage the Museum's audiences. He leads his team's efforts in content, design, and technology, across the web, social media, the Message Máximo chatbot, and other digital... Read More →
avatar for Dana Allen-Greil

Dana Allen-Greil

Director of Digital Strategy, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dana Allen-Greil is Director of Digital Strategy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dana has led web and social media efforts at the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Ogilvy Public Relations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the Kaiser Family Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards

Associate Director, Digital Content, Hammer Museum
Susan Edwards is a digital content producer and strategist who has worked in museums for over 20 years. Susan is currently Associate Director for Digital Content at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she collaborates with colleagues in all departments of the museum to create... Read More →


Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Live stream channel 2

1:00pm EST

Virtual Teen Programs/Real Connections
With Covid-19 and stay-at-home orders, many of our programs needed to switch from in-person to virtual spaces. Our focus was on teen audiences and making these transitions for everything from workshops to council meetings to internships. Our panel will share some of the best practices we developed, tools we used, and challenges we overcame. We will share how we sought the input and voice of teens during the process, and how we incorporated their ideas and feedback. Much of this work will continue in the months between proposal and presentation, and we look forward to sharing that real-time learning with you.

Questions that we are asking ourselves include:
How do we maintain relationships with teens we know, and how do we forge meaningful developmental relationships with teens we are meeting virtually for the first time? How do we reach people, especially with inequitable technology access? What and how do we need to change to align with what young people need right now?

Speakers
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Eric Ewing

Executive Director, Great Plains Black History Museum
avatar for Rachael Bild

Rachael Bild

Young Adult Librarian, Skokie Public Library
Rachael Bild works on behalf of and alongside teens to learn, play, and make change in the world through the library so that young people develop the skills they need to actively participate in the life of their communities. Rachael is passionate about graphic novels, tabletop games... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Digital Learning Consultant
Miranda Kerr is an independent Digital Learning Consultant.  Previously, she worked at Shedd Aquarium for 10 years in the Learning Programs department in roles such as the Manager of Teen Programs and the Manager of Digital Learning.  She oversaw projects such as the award-winning... Read More →


Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1

2:30pm EST

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Building Resilience through the MCN Mentorship Program
When mentors and mentees were matched in January 2020, the world looked very different. Nearing into the Mentorship Program’s fifth year, we want to keep evolving, creating meaningful connections, and fostering resilience in our field. Find out how the MCN Mentorship Program has adapted throughout the year to best support our community of learning. Hear from individual mentors and mentees in small breakout sessions as they share their unique experiences and respond to your questions. Reflect on how the needs of our MCN community have changed and how the program will be shaped for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan King

Ryan King

Program Manager, Open Access Initiative, Smithsonian
didactics and digits.@ryancanhelpyou
avatar for Laura Hoffman

Laura Hoffman

Program Manager, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Laura is a museum education technologist specializing in visitor and online engagement. She develops public programs and digital interpretation for the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In her previous role as the Manager of K–12 Digital and Educator... Read More →


Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Live stream channel 3
  Presentation Panel
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

2:30pm EST

Quire—A Sustainable Digital Publishing Solution for Museums of All Sizes
This 60-minute panel will feature an in-depth look at the creation of 50X50--SJMA's first digital publication using Quire, the J. Paul Getty Trust's new digital publishing platform. Participants will hear from three project contributors--each with their considerations-- about how to plan successfully, scope, and develop the web platform to accommodate a variety of content and media.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Gardner

Eric Gardner

Software Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation
Eric Gardner is a Software Engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind projects like Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. As part of the Structured Data team he works on tools that help users (including members of the GLAM community) discover and share free knowledge... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Helton

Amanda Helton

Manager of Digital Strategy, San José Museum of Art
Amanda Helton (she/her) is the manager of digital strategy at the San José Museum of Art (SJMA). She is working to shape the technological vision for the Museum's future and further build SJMA's capacity to deliver rich, meaningful digital initiatives that extend the visitor experience... Read More →
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Kathryn Wade

Assistant Curator, San Jose Museum of Art
Kathryn Wade is assistant curator at the the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) where she specializes in new media art exhibitions and collection. She recently authored SJMA's digital publication 50X50: Visionary Artists from the Permanent Collection.


Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Live stream channel 2

2:30pm EST

Touch and Multi-sensory Experiences: Developing Safe and Inclusive Practices During Covid-19
Safety, Comfort, and Inclusion: We Choose All
Building off 2019’s MCN session Multi-Sensory Design Towards Inclusion and Access, Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson examine and surface the details related to ensuring rich inclusion and access for onsite and remote audiences, given the world we now find ourselves in. Ensuring safe, comfortable, sustainable, and equitable experience design requires a multifaceted approach across several operational touch points. This session examines intention, design, execution, management, and maintenance across the museum enterprise, focusing on strategic objectives and practical tactics for sustainable solutions.

Accessible Touch Objects
Currently, the majority of museum and historic site experiences are visual and lack tactile alternatives for visitors. In this session we describe our efforts to better understand the challenges and opportunities for sustaining and expanding tactile objects in museums through conducting interviews with 15 museum access specialists from museums ranging in size and location. We discuss the responses from six accessibility experts who identified as blind or low vision to the museums current practices. From our findings, we identify and describe seven different types of touch objects currently being used at museums, which is the most inclusive and descriptive taxonomy to date. We discuss their design processes, trade-offs, usefulness, and value compared to audio and virtual tours. Finally, we share design recommendations for museum practitioners: 1) preserving touch experiences during COVID--19, urgently called for by BLV accessibility experts, 2) considering three additional touch object categories from an interview with a BLV accessibility expert not previously used or mentioned by the museum access specialists, 3) avoiding a one size fits all solution and offer visitors the opportunity to personalize the content and modality of touch objects. Our findings illustrate the diversity and importance of touch interactions in creating accessible educational experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Fogle-Hatch

Cheryl Fogle-Hatch

accessibility consultant, MuseumSenses
Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, Ph.D. created MuseumSenses to showcase her work in researching and developing multisensory experiences in galleries, museums, and other cultural organizations. She believes that creating exhibit content with tactile and audio components has the potential to fully... Read More →
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Sina Bahram

President, Prime Access Consulting, Inc.
Digital accessibility (covering interactives, apps, websites, policy, and strategy)
avatar for Lauren Race

Lauren Race

Accessibility Researcher, New York University
Lauren Race is an accessibility researcher and fellow at the NYU Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection of technology and accessibility. Her research focuses on designing and evaluating accessible and inclusive educational tools for learners... Read More →
avatar for Corey Timpson

Corey Timpson

Principal, Corey Timpson Design Inc.
Corey Timpson is an active collaborator and thought leader in the experience design and inclusive museum practice discourses within the cultural sector.As Vice President, Exhibition, Research, and Design, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) Corey was responsible for the... Read More →


Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1

5:00pm EST

Ignite MCN - Sponsored by Axiell
Brought to you by Axiell.

Join Nik Honeysett, Ignite MC extraordinaire, to kick off this year's conference in style with MCN's signature event Ignite MCN! Expect a night of fun, thought-provoking and inspiring #musetech talks. The talks follow the “Ignite” format, in which presenters have five minutes and 20 slides (which advance automatically every 15 seconds) to enlighten, entertain, and inspire.

Maria Wasing and Samantha Diamond of Axiell will welcome everyone.

  • "Welcome to My 2D World" by Sandy Goldberg
  • "Communities of Imagination & Learning" by Michael Riordan
  • "Your Data Are Probably Racist" by Yvonne Lee & Meredith Steinfels
  • "Audience Engagement Is Your Goal, Not Theirs" by Kyle Bowen
  • “Future Wisdom Via Metadata” by Virginia Poundstone & Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
  • "Craft, Work, & Kraftwerk" by Tim Boutelle
  • “They Will Save Us If We Let Them” by Jeremy Munro

SOH required...
Alcohol optional...
Music by Koven Smith...
Hosted by Nik Honeysett...

Speakers
avatar for Laura House

Laura House

Business Development Manager, Axiell
avatar for Samantha Diamond

Samantha Diamond

CEO, CultureConnect/ VP Digital Engagement, Axiell
Samantha is Founder and CEO of CultureConnect, an award-winning technology company delivering engaging mobile & digital experiences to the arts & culture sector. Having led the company's acquisition by Axiell Group in Sept 2020, Samantha also serves as VP of Digital Engagement leading... Read More →
avatar for Maria Wasing

Maria Wasing

COO & Executive Vice President, Axiell
I collect reading experiences and maintain my “must read bucket list”. Starting a new book is like entering into a new world for me. Every experience is different: from fun, seeing another viewpoint and opening new perspectives which leaves you thinking to utter sadness. One of... Read More →
avatar for Nik Honeysett

Nik Honeysett

CEO, BPOC
Chief Executive Officer, Balboa Park Online CollaborativeNik Honeysett is CEO of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, a technology non-profit consultancy that provides support, development and strategy for the museums in Balboa Park, San Diego and beyond. Previously, he was Head... Read More →
avatar for sandy goldberg

sandy goldberg

principal, sgscripts
I'm an independent content creator and content strategist - happy to swap ideas and rethink audience engagement and happiness. See www.sgscripts.net for recent projects and shout-outs. Been around for a while. Fostering good relationships within and between museums for max impact... Read More →
avatar for Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan

Founder & Chief Venturist for Good, Independent Good
Building on over 20 years of teaching and research at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Michael Riordan founded Independent Good to make a large-scale positive community impact by providing services and products that help create aligned action within individuals, groups, organizations... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Lee (she/her)

Yvonne Lee (she/her)

Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Yvonne Lee oversees stewardship of the art administration systems and their data at LACMA and provides strategic solutions for pluralistic user needs. Before joining the museum, Yvonne served as Research and Data Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (now Department of... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Steinfels

Meredith Steinfels

Assistant Director, Digital Platforms, Media, & Archives, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
I am a database/digital asset/digital project manager and archivist at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth. Within my practice I focus on equitable digital literacy and access to information.
avatar for Kyle Bowen

Kyle Bowen

Principal, SuperHelpful
I'm on a mission to bring problem-space research to museums — I believe this type of research is a practical way for cultural organizations to achieve some of their most ambitious goals. I like spoofs, irreverent writing, and corresponding with my newsletter subscribers.This Is... Read More →
avatar for Virginia Poundstone

Virginia Poundstone

Content Curation Director, MHz Foundation
Virginia Poundstone works on the content strategy for the free knowledge art and cultural heritage project Mhz Curationist as the Content Curation Director. She is an artist, a Pollock-Krasner grantee, and a member of the cooperatively artist-run gallery @essexflowers in New York... Read More →
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garrett graddy-lovelace

Educational Advisor (Anticolonial OER), MHz Foundation
As Associate Professor at American University's School of International Service in Washington DC, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches agricultural, environmental, food, seed, land, and data policy from the perspectives of critical geography, feminist political ecology... Read More →
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Tim Boutelle

Producer, RLMG
Tim Boutelle is a media producer at RLMG, specializing in interactive experiences for museums and other informal learning environments. He combines a background in educational technology with a decade of experience in and around museums as a media producer, exhibit developer, game... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Munro

Jeremy Munro

Database Administrator, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
I am a digital professional interested in the intersection of emerging digital technologies and the rising desire of increased social justice and equity in the cultural heritage field. I also run the popular, "Museum Meme Union, Local 420-69" twitter account.



Tuesday November 10, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1
 
Wednesday, November 11
 

11:00am EST

Innovation Mindset (Plenary Panel)
Digital transformation is often confused with or considered synonymous to technology. Digital transformation is about delivering on the Museum’s mission, and leveraging technology to achieve that whether it be new offerings and experiences, reaching new audiences in new ways, new and more efficient ways of operating. It’s rarely a conversation about the specific technology, and much more about how technology achieves a goal.

In the first section of this session, Catherine Devine and Samantha Diamond engage in a discussion about continuous innovation in Museums, the necessity and importance of it, the mindset needed, and how that innovation mindset distinguishes organizations that will ultimately thrive through this crisis. Samantha Diamond is outgoing MCN board member, CEO and Founder of Culture Connect, recently acquired by Axiell, and also VP, Digital Engagement at Axiell. Axiell/Culture Connect is a Microsoft partner.

The second section of this session will profile Jack LaPan from RedLevel, another Microsoft partner. Jack LaPan has worked with many Museums in the US, and is focused on unique approaches to technology adoption, starting with what the organization is trying to achieve and then leveraging technology to deliver on those. Jack will discuss a specific approach on Cloud Immersion Experiences which looks at how teams innovate with collaboration.

Brought to you by Microsoft.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Diamond

Samantha Diamond

CEO, CultureConnect/ VP Digital Engagement, Axiell
Samantha is Founder and CEO of CultureConnect, an award-winning technology company delivering engaging mobile & digital experiences to the arts & culture sector. Having led the company's acquisition by Axiell Group in Sept 2020, Samantha also serves as VP of Digital Engagement leading... Read More →
avatar for Jack LaPan

Jack LaPan

Director of Products, Red Level
avatar for Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Business Strategy Leader, Microsoft
Australian ex-pat with dual Australian/US citizenship. Extensive technology and digital career within finance, internet, e-commerce and Museum spaces in staff and consulting roles.Currently responsible for the digital transformation of the American Museum of Natural History experience... Read More →



Wednesday November 11, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Live stream channel 1

11:30am EST

Speed Networking #1 - Sponsored by Axiell

Join facilitators Don Youngberg and Eric Longo to meet other MCN attendees with some speed networking!

  • Each session consists of a series of breakout rooms with several participants. 
  • Tell us where you're from, what you're curious about, and more—just be quick!
  • Every session lasts only 30 minutes and accommodates up to 80 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required.

Brought to you by Axiell.

Speakers
avatar for Don Youngberg

Don Youngberg

Non-Profit Executive
MCN Board Member and Community Enthusiast
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.



Wednesday November 11, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Social Events

12:00pm EST

Lunch and Learn – How to Get the Most out of Your CMS – Axiell Collections
Flexible, sustainable, scalable. Three traits your CMS needs to set you up for success.

Your technology infrastructure must be poised to meet growing and evolving institutional needs and the expectations of modern audiences. In this session we’ll show you how to get the most out of your CMS with a platform that empowers you to flex and scale. Come learn more about our vision, our technology, and our community at this conversational Lunch and Learn on Nov 11 @ 12 noon.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Dutton-Kenny

Jesse Dutton-Kenny

Sales Consultant, Axiell
Happy to answer any and all of your questions about the collections management system solutions that Axiell provides!
avatar for Laura House

Laura House

Business Development Manager, Axiell
avatar for Rielle Ullberg

Rielle Ullberg

Marketing Manager, Axiell



Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Sponsors channels

12:30pm EST

Office Hours: Q&A about Online Courses
Office Hours: Q&A about Online Courses is an hour-long session for conversation and questions about beginning and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program at your museum. If your institution is considering or has recently started developing online courses to serve remote and international audiences, bring your questions here. This session will focus on MOOCs but with takeaways that can apply across various museum programs and platforms, including social media. Do you have questions about adapting existing content to design an accessible and inclusive online learning program? What kinds of assessments and discussion forum prompts can be generative and rewarding for a wide-range of informal learners? What happens after the course launch and initial marketing push? How can you build long-term relationships with learners who stay engaged in the course community years after enrolling? How do you define success if MOOC completion rates are often low? How can online courses be financially sustainable and support revenue generation for other areas of the museum? You are welcome to submit questions in advance or live during the session! Use this form to submit advance questions: https://forms.gle/LF5252RGuL5Suxj99 Explore MoMA's online courses here: https://www.moma.org/research-and-learning/classes

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Cannon (she/her)

Kelly Cannon (she/her)

Associate Educator, Digital Learning, The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Education
Kelly Cannon is Associate Educator of Interpretation, Research and Digital Learning at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She works collaboratively with curators, educators, artists, and others to plan, produce, launch, maintain, and activate MoMA’s massive open online courses... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Open video conference and chat

12:30pm EST

Connecting Students to Professionals Using Social Media: Twitter in a Learning in Museums Course
In Spring 2020, a Learning in Museums course at Michigan State University included an assignment to use Twitter as reflection, and a way students would connect with professionals. The presenters will share results of a survey, conduct a discussion about how social media works in the context of a course, and about whether using social media in Museum Studies courses is or is not appropriate.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Eileen Gentry (she/her)

Natalie Eileen Gentry (she/her)

Master's Candidate - ACMMS, Michigan State University
avatar for Julia Sager

Julia Sager

MSU MA candidate, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Education Assistant
Julia is a graduate student at Michigan State University pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Management & Museum Studies. In her current role as the Education Assistant at Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Julia finds joy in creating opportunities for the community to experience... Read More →
avatar for Max Evjen

Max Evjen

Acadmic Specialist, Michigan State University
Max Evjen works at Michigan State University as Faculty in the Department of Theatre, where he teaches Site-Specific Performance and is core faculty in Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies, where he teaches Introduction to Arts & Cultural Management and Learning in Museums... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1

12:30pm EST

Planning for Drupal 7 End-of-Life at the Museum

Drupal 7 is the most widely used content management system in museums. Generally speaking it has served them well. However, as of November 2021, Drupal 7 is end-of-life. This session is for anyone involved in running a Drupal 7 website who wants to understand how to go forward. What are the issues involved in moving to Drupal 8/9 and what are the alternatives?

Speakers
avatar for Alex Morrison

Alex Morrison

Managing Director, Cogapp
Alex and his colleagues at Cogapp have been working on digital projects with the museums since the late 1980s. Their clients include international museums on both sides of the Atlantic. Projects range from tiny micro-sites to multi-year website redevelopment projects. Cogapp has particular... Read More →
avatar for Ben Kyriakou

Ben Kyriakou

Senior Programmer, Cogapp


Wednesday November 11, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

1:30pm EST

Experiential Design for an Unknown Future

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

At Bluecadet, we’re always exploring different methods for integrating digital products into public space. Now, there’s added urgency as we’re tasked with integrating aspects of public space into our digital products. Our ongoing R&D projects are becoming ways for us to support new public health and safety concerns. Like a lot of design agencies, the crisis may have blurred our vision of the future, but it's sharpened our focus on the task at hand.

This talk will concentrate on the impact of four categories towards experiences in an uncertain future: overall digital strategy, spatial design, input methods, and the extended experience. These categories aren’t mutually exclusive and, indeed, are most effective when employed together. Redundancy and flexibility will be essential moving forward — we can anticipate and plan for some uses but there are many, many others that we can't. That same flexibility also has implications for the longevity and sustainability of what we build.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Llobrera

Mark Llobrera

Head of Technology, Bluecadet
Mark Llobrera has been creating websites and applications since the days of spacer GIFs, table layouts, and squelchy modem sounds. As Head of Technology for Bluecadet, he leads a team that partners with museums, universities, and cultural organizations to imagine new experiences in... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

2:00pm EST

Speed Networking #2 - Sponsored by Eriksen Translations

Join facilitators Don Youngberg and Eric Longo to meet other MCN attendees with some speed networking!

  • Each session consists of a series of breakout rooms with several participants. 
  • Tell us where you're from, what you're curious about, and more—just be quick!
  • Every session lasts only 30 minutes and accommodates up to 80 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required.

Brought to you by Eriksen Translations.

Speakers
avatar for Will Lach

Will Lach

Director of Sales, Eriksen Translations Inc.
Based in Brooklyn since 1986, Eriksen Translations is the premier language service provider to cultural institutions. Eriksen assists multiple MCN members, including those at the American Museum of Natural History, the Met, the National Gallery of Art, Crystal Bridges, the Field... Read More →
avatar for Don Youngberg

Don Youngberg

Non-Profit Executive
MCN Board Member and Community Enthusiast
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.



Wednesday November 11, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Social Events

2:00pm EST

How to Unionize Your Museum
This is a reprise of last year's successful How to Unionize your Museum panel. We’ll hear from organizers at the New Children’s Museum and the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union about the process, benefits, and obstacles of unionizing. Museum workers need a space to talk about labor issues and learn about their options without fear of retaliation.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Blechman

Claire Blechman

Digital Asset Manager
HM

Hannah Mykel

Unemployed, N/A
Hannah is a Museum Playworker at The New Children’s Museum. Her practice is inspired by her love for play and her desire to build connections among and across communities. Hannah earned her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Visual Culture with a Minor in Education from the... Read More →
avatar for Jillian Grant

Jillian Grant

Organizer, The New Children's Museum Union
Hi! I'm a museum worker who, along with my co-workers, unionized our workplace in fall 2019: https://ncmunion.org .We unionized because we love our work and what our institution stands for, but we knew the low wages, lack of transparency, and high turnover (that exists in many! nonprofits... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1
  Presentation Panel
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

2:00pm EST

Tool Petting Zoo: Getting Hands-on with Airtable and Other Tools for Collections, Exhibitions, Project Management, and Content Strategy, and Workflow

Join this session to meet real live examples of museums getting creative with collaborative tools to support their work. Several presenters will provide focused demonstrations of Airtable, Trello, Slack, and more. They’ll illustrate how their teams leverage free or inexpensive software to establish and optimize workflows for digital content strategy, social media, exhibitions planning, collections data, project management, and professional development. In addition to our pre-planned presentations, we’ll crowdsource problems in search of a solution and invite attendees to share their own favorite tools with the group. Then we will open the room to the “tool petting zoo”: hands-on demonstrations and consultations in which participants can test drive the tools shared in the overview and begin building their own.

Deep Dive sign-ups open Wednesday, September 9. Space is limited and advance registration is required—so mark your calendars! Once sessions are filled, there will be a waitlist and MCN will notify attendees as spots become available.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Ledesma

Andrea Ledesma

Digital Product Specialist, Field Museum
Andrea Ledesma is the Digital Product Specialist for the Web & Digital Engagement Team. She supports the maintenance of fieldmuseum.org and development of digital storytelling projects, while keeping a keen eye on user experience and digital strategy. A public humanist and digital... Read More →
avatar for Sierra Van Ryck deGroot

Sierra Van Ryck deGroot

Education Programs Manager, Poster House
HZ

Hannah Zuber

Archivist for Visual Materials, Chicago History Museum
avatar for Dana Allen-Greil

Dana Allen-Greil

Director of Digital Strategy, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dana Allen-Greil is Director of Digital Strategy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dana has led web and social media efforts at the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Ogilvy Public Relations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the Kaiser Family Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Ostroff

Hannah Ostroff

Digital Communications Editor, Smithsonian
Hannah S. Ostroff is a writer and digital strategist at the Smithsonian, where she serves as the primary voice for the institution’s central social media accounts. In this role, she tells stories about everything from astronauts to Japanese art. She has worked on social media campaigns... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

3:30pm EST

“Like” in the Time of COVID: #Musesocial and Emergency Planning

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

The COVID-19 pandemic upended museum social media. The transition to becoming the primary outward face of many museums was not always quick or easy. The three panelists will explain their experiences managing social media accounts and adapting to meet their organizations’ needs as those needs rapidly changed.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

Program Coordinator/Sr Lecturer, AAP, Johns Hopkins University
Stephanie Brown, PhD, is Program Coordinator and full time faculty in the Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies program, where she also coordinates internships. Stephanie manages social media for the JHU Museum Studies program and is the past social media coordinator for... Read More →
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Sean Blinn

Consultant, Center for Contemporary Art
Sean Blinn is a museum professional based in New Jersey, with a background in historic house museums, where he uses stories of the past to help visitors understand the present. He works to ensure that voices historically left out of narratives are represented in museums’ narratives... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

3:30pm EST

Help wanted: MCN & NEW INC seek feedback on case study template for musetech digital projects web resource
With the support from a Knight Foundation grant, MCN is partnering with NEW INC, New Museum’s art and technology incubator, to launch a new web resource for the museum tech community. Through this new resource, we will capture and share model projects and experiments from across our community, with a goal of creating a centralized repository that anyone can use to advance their own understanding of how to creatively integrate technology into museum digital practice. Over the past few years, the field has made remarkable advancements and the goal of this joint project is to create a home for documenting and discussing this work.

The format of our platform -- how information is collected, how it is categorized, how it is presented -- is being jointly developed over the next few months by MCN and NEW INC. These two 60-minute Experimental sessions are part of our discovery process, during which we'll share some early case study templates and seek participants' feedback as we develop a new framework for capturing innovative digital projects in the field.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND THIS SESSION ZOOM MEETING!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Pereira

Stephanie Pereira

Director, NEW INC
Stephanie Pereira is a community engagement expert with over fifteen years of experience working at the intersection of arts and business.  Prior to joining NEW INC, she was a senior leader at Kickstarter, where she worked for over six years: first as the inaugural Director of Arts... Read More →
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Kelsa Trom

Head of Programs, NEW INC
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Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.
avatar for Mark Osterman

Mark Osterman

Director of Digital Engagement and Head of Education, Lowe Art Museum


Wednesday November 11, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Open video conference and chat

4:00pm EST

Interaction Beyond the Touchscreen
Recognizing our new normal under COVID-19 restrictions it is important to consider visitor engagement with onsite digital experiences. In some regions, government restrictions have mandated that all touchscreen interactives remain off when museums re-open. In other regions visitors have been variably reluctant or willing to interact with touchscreens. Public sentiment and policy is evolving in real time and is difficult to generalize so what are museums to do?

Is this an opportunity for museums to rethink the digital experience in-gallery? Is this a rebirth of BYOD experiences or a chance for something completely different? Are fringe benefits accrued by rethinking digital engagement?

Panelists from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia will discuss steps taken at their museums to meet these challenges and will also share visitor responses to these new forms of interaction.

Speakers
avatar for Lucie Paterson

Lucie Paterson

Head of Experience, Product and Digital, ACMI
With twelve years experience at leading cultural organisations, including Te Papa, Southbank Centre in London and now as Head of Experience, Product & Digital at ACMI in Melbourne, Lucie's work shapes the exhibitions and experiences that will lead our sector into the future. Her current... Read More →
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Andrea Montiel de Shuman

Digital Experience Designer, Independent
Andrea Montiel de Shuman is a Digital Experience Designer focused on collaborating to create digital experiences to help communities see themselves in art. Among other collaborations, Andrea serves as Program Co-Chair of Museum Computer Network, Organizing Committee of the Tech... Read More →
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David Charles Patten

Head of New Media, Science Museum
Dave Patten is Head of New Media at The Science Museum, London, where his role includes managing all aspects of new media and AV, from conceptual design, prototyping and production to project managing external developers and production companies. He has a background in electronics... Read More →
avatar for Neal Johnson

Neal Johnson

Digital Media Director, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
I'm a creative technologist working with museums to deploy effective, integrated media programs in service to diverse audiences.
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Ryan Dodge

Head of Digital Experiences, Canadian Museum of History
With over fifteen years of experience in the arts and culture sector, I am an experienced digital marketer, communicator, and manager with a proven track record of building award winning digital initiatives at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I now... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1

4:30pm EST

Virtual Field Trip: Museum of Portable Sound (Session 1)

Take an online field trip to the Museum of Portable Sound (MOPS), an independent museum founded in London in 2015, now based in Portsmouth, UK! This unique museum collects, preserves, and exhibits sounds as objects of culture, offering its visitors a listening-based experience that’s been featured in publications like Atlas Obscura, Londonist.com, and Curator: The Museum Journal.

MOPS encourages its visitors to make an appointment to listen to sounds that may otherwise slip through the cracks, to give attention to sounds that exist beyond music – as objects indelibly connected to our lives and our world. Containing 30 galleries filled with 325 objects (over nine hours of material) located within four main topical categories – Natural History, Science & Technology, Architecture & Urban Design, and Art & Culture – this museum presents sounds in a whole new light.

This field trip, led live online from the UK by MOPS Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg, will present a special 20-minute tour of MOPS collection highlights – from the first recording of a human voice (made before Edison’s phonograph!) to a malfunctioning MacBook, from pink river dolphins chuckling in the Amazon to the flush of Sigmund Freud’s toilet at his house in Vienna – you’ll experience a whirlwind of audible culture that will make you laugh, make you wonder, and hopefully make you think a little differently about what a museum can be in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for John Kannenberg

John Kannenberg

Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Portable Sound
John Kannenberg is an artist who investigates sounds as cultural objects, the frontiers of digital heritage, the multisensory geography of museums, and the importance of listening as a cultural, political, and empathetic act. He has completed curatorial projects for the ZKM Medienmuseum... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Social Events

5:15pm EST

Virtual Field Trip: Museum of Portable Sound (Session 2)

Take an online field trip to the Museum of Portable Sound (MOPS), an independent museum founded in London in 2015, now based in Portsmouth, UK! This unique museum collects, preserves, and exhibits sounds as objects of culture, offering its visitors a listening-based experience that’s been featured in publications like Atlas Obscura, Londonist.com, and Curator: The Museum Journal.

MOPS encourages its visitors to make an appointment to listen to sounds that may otherwise slip through the cracks, to give attention to sounds that exist beyond music – as objects indelibly connected to our lives and our world. Containing 30 galleries filled with 325 objects (over nine hours of material) located within four main topical categories – Natural History, Science & Technology, Architecture & Urban Design, and Art & Culture – this museum presents sounds in a whole new light.

This field trip, led live online from the UK by MOPS Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg, will present a special 20-minute tour of MOPS collection highlights – from the first recording of a human voice (made before Edison’s phonograph!) to a malfunctioning MacBook, from pink river dolphins chuckling in the Amazon to the flush of Sigmund Freud’s toilet at his house in Vienna – you’ll experience a whirlwind of audible culture that will make you laugh, make you wonder, and hopefully make you think a little differently about what a museum can be in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for John Kannenberg

John Kannenberg

Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Portable Sound
John Kannenberg is an artist who investigates sounds as cultural objects, the frontiers of digital heritage, the multisensory geography of museums, and the importance of listening as a cultural, political, and empathetic act. He has completed curatorial projects for the ZKM Medienmuseum... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 5:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Social Events

6:00pm EST

Virtual Field Trip: Museum of Portable Sound (Session 3)

Take an online field trip to the Museum of Portable Sound (MOPS), an independent museum founded in London in 2015, now based in Portsmouth, UK! This unique museum collects, preserves, and exhibits sounds as objects of culture, offering its visitors a listening-based experience that’s been featured in publications like Atlas Obscura, Londonist.com, and Curator: The Museum Journal.

MOPS encourages its visitors to make an appointment to listen to sounds that may otherwise slip through the cracks, to give attention to sounds that exist beyond music – as objects indelibly connected to our lives and our world. Containing 30 galleries filled with 325 objects (over nine hours of material) located within four main topical categories – Natural History, Science & Technology, Architecture & Urban Design, and Art & Culture – this museum presents sounds in a whole new light.

This field trip, led live online from the UK by MOPS Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg, will present a special 20-minute tour of MOPS collection highlights – from the first recording of a human voice (made before Edison’s phonograph!) to a malfunctioning MacBook, from pink river dolphins chuckling in the Amazon to the flush of Sigmund Freud’s toilet at his house in Vienna – you’ll experience a whirlwind of audible culture that will make you laugh, make you wonder, and hopefully make you think a little differently about what a museum can be in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for John Kannenberg

John Kannenberg

Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Portable Sound
John Kannenberg is an artist who investigates sounds as cultural objects, the frontiers of digital heritage, the multisensory geography of museums, and the importance of listening as a cultural, political, and empathetic act. He has completed curatorial projects for the ZKM Medienmuseum... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2020 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Social Events
 
Thursday, November 12
 

11:00am EST

Stories of Resilience and Resistance: What Happens When Cyclical Work Becomes Sisyphean?
This session aims to explore Sisyphean efforts—or everyday endeavors that become endless and in turn ineffective and burdensome—and pathways that professionals at different stages of their career have used to navigate such difficulties. Whether it is in the realm of system administration, grant applications, or emotional labor, workers in our sector must creatively navigate the variety of iterative work or environments that can generate feelings of helplessness and fatigue. Through group storytelling and reflection, we will explore what it means to shoulder that burden, cast off (or shatter) the boulder, and the ways in which resilience can both help and hurt. In doing so, this session seeks to collectively discover the many routes that land us in such efforts, and share experiences that lead to their resolution, disruption, or sustainability.

We would love for you to submit your story for our group reflection! 
Signup form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVGBPLULmWJeBRkQDc1tKJLZlAORK3JFD6rALPvC44zmK-5w/viewform
This session is Chatham house rules- stories can be shared anonymously.

Speakers
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Jessica BrodeFrank

Digital Collections Access Manager, Adler Planetarium
Jessica BrodeFrank is the Digital Collections Access Manager at the Adler Planetarium. She holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University with a concentration in Digital Asset Management. She currently is pursuing a PhD in Digital Humanities at the... Read More →
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Adrienne Adams (they/them)

PhD Student, University of Southern California
Former LACMA Emerging Arts Professional Fellow, where I worked with 8 departments including the Collection Information and Digital Assets Department. Current research in American Studies and Ethnicity program at USC focuses on how database architectures have historically structured... Read More →
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Jessica Milby

Manager, Digital Records, Archives, & Publications, Penn Museum
Jessica Milby adapted her fine arts and art history background into working with technology. As the Penn Museum's Manager of Digital Records, Archives, and Publications, she guides digital transitions, evolves museum procedures and content, develops new public resources, and advances... Read More →
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Meredith Steinfels

Assistant Director, Digital Platforms, Media, & Archives, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
I am a database/digital asset/digital project manager and archivist at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth. Within my practice I focus on equitable digital literacy and access to information.


Thursday November 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Open video conference and chat
  Experimental Session
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

11:00am EST

Bright Spots: Creating Social Media Moments of Joy During a Pandemic
During the earlier days of the pandemic and while death rates reached their peaks, museums and cultural organizations shuttered their doors. While institutions turned their focus to engaging with audiences virtually, some museums created campaigns to offer a reprieve from a bleak news cycle. These institutions elicited unexpected joy, humor, and moments of kindness—sorely needed by online communities. Join staff from the New-York Historical Society, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Smithsonian’s National Zoo to explore four digital storytelling campaigns that reached record audiences during the pandemic.

The New-York Historical Society and Hirshhorn Museum combined forces to send virtual flowers from their collections to museum colleagues around the globe for #MuseumBouquet, and followed the campaign by shedding virtual sunshine before Earth Day with sunny works for #MuseumSunshine.

The Shedd Aquarium let their penguins roam free through their exhibits to the delight of online audiences. News of the penguins went viral on social media and in the press. The jaunts of one penguin named Wellington earned himself the hashtag #WheresWellingtonWednesday. The penguins interacted with wildlife elsewhere in the space that they would never encounter in nature.

In response to the Shedd’s penguins, the Field Museum rolled out a series of “unSUEpervised” videos wherein an inflatable SUE the T. rex ran amok through empty exhibitions and office spaces. SUE’s visit to the Hall of Birds was covered by E! News and CNN, and the series of videos has been watched over 1.69 million times.

In efforts to “bring the zoo to you,” the National Zoo’s Cub Cam offered a real-time view of four, fuzzy cheetah cubs born April 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Online audiences tuned in for the birth, were invited to vote on names for the cubs, and are following their growth through #CheetahCubdates and #NatZooZen on social media.

These cultural organizations span living collections, natural history, American history, and contemporary art. Although each of these institutions have a different mission and focus, each tapped into the public’s need for joy during a turbulent time.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Haight

Emily Haight

Social Media Manager, New-York Historical Society
Emily Haight is the Social Media Manager at the New-York Historical Society. She currently serves on the communications team of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Media & Technology Professional Network and chairs the Social Media Special Interest Group for Museum Computer Network... Read More →
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Katharine Uhrich

Social Media Manager, Field Museum
Hello! As social media manager at the Field, I share the work, mission, and stories of one of the world’s largest natural history museums with the general public. I strive to create a social presence that’s engaging, inclusive, and educational. Ask me about how we're successfully... Read More →
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Hilary-Morgan Watt

Digital Engagement Manager, Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hilary-Morgan Watt is the Digital Engagement Manager for the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. With 15 years of experience in museums and galleries, Ms. Watt has led digital strategy workshops across the Smithsonian and lectured at the State Department, George... Read More →
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Annalisa Meyer

Deputy Director of Communications, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
National award-winning communicator with 20-years’ experience creating successful integrated communications campaigns. Media relations pro, digital strategist and big picture thinker passionate about crafting powerful stories to engage target audiences and bring key messages to... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Live stream channel 2

11:00am EST

From Museum Studies Programmes to Museum’s Hiring Pools: Evaluating Digital Literacy and Skills Taught in Higher-Education Courses

We would like to invite participants to a roundtable discussion where we will explore the failure and successes of Museum Studies curricula in relation to the digital literacy and skills that the sector seeks to develop. Our aim is to provide a space to reexamine the existing relationship between academia and GLAM institutions for a more sustainable practice-led partnership.

Deep Dive sign-ups open Wednesday, September 9. Space is limited and advance registration is required—so mark your calendars! Once sessions are filled, there will be a waitlist and MCN will notify attendees as spots become available.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Paula Arias (she/her)

Maria Paula Arias (she/her)

PhD Candidate, University of Manchester
I am an early career researcher interested in how museums and galleries use social media. Particularly, I am interested in the ways social media platforms and their audiences are valued and, therefore, what their relationships are with the brands of such cultural institutions. Furthermore... Read More →
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Sarah Feinstein

Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds
Dr Sarah Feinstein has both academic and professional experience in heritage and museum studies. She acted as a lecturer in Museum Studies at the Institute for Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester in 2018-2019, as well as providing training for PGRs on collaborating... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

1:00pm EST

DAM + IP + IIIF + Digital Imaging SIGs Meetup - Sponsored by Capture
Join the Digital Asset Management, Intellectual Property, IIIF and Digital Imaging combined SIG Meetup.


Hosted by:
  • Susan Wamsley & Jessica Herczeg-Konecny, DAM SIG co-chairs
  • Margaret McKee & Evelin Heidel, IP SIG co-chairs
  • Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass & Stefano Cossu, IIIF SIG co-chairs
  • Ben Cort & Christopher Ciccone, Digital Imaging SIG co-chairs

Sponsored by Capture.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Herczeg-Konecny

Jessica Herczeg-Konecny

Digital Asset Manager, Detroit Institute of Arts
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Susan Wamsley

Digital Asset Manager, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
avatar for Margaret C. McKee (she/her)

Margaret C. McKee (she/her)

Digital Asset Manager, The Menil Collection
Hi! My name is Margaret McKee, and I am the Digital Asset Manager for the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. My areas of interest include digital asset management, cultural heritage imaging, and intellectual property issues. I am currently serving as chair of the Intellectual Property... Read More →
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Scann

CC Open GLAM Platform Lead, Creative Commons
Evelin Heidel (a.k.a. Scann) is a longtime member of Creative Commons, currently leading the Open GLAM initiative (http://openglam.org). She has worked in digital heritage, community digitization and intellectual property for the past ten years. Harvard Fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (2018), International Visiting Scholar at Washington College of Law, American University (2019... Read More →
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Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass

Collections Data Manager, Yale Center for British Art
Emmanuelle is currently the Collections Information Manager at the Yale Center for British Art. In her current role, she oversees the creation of and access to the museum’s collections data. She plays the lead role in ensuring its intellectual and technical integrity. She identifies... Read More →
avatar for Ben Cort

Ben Cort

Freelance Imaging Consultant and Photographer, BTC Imaging
avatar for Christopher Ciccone

Christopher Ciccone

Collections Photographer/Digital Asset Manager, North Carolina Museum of Art

Sponsors
avatar for Nick Caw

Nick Caw

CEO, Capture
Capture is a leader in digital asset management. Specialising in media management, rights, licensing, metadata, finance and royalties, our configurable solutions and expert services help a range of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and other organisations to manage, protect... Read More →



Thursday November 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Social Events

1:00pm EST

Money Matters: Driving Revenue through Business Model Innovation

Link to presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12F4A1ORfdq_AvGe8QbAN_9FYuKVQuv_CFKPSNw3Eb_E/edit?usp=sharing

Revenue is often treated as a dirty word within the non-profit and cultural sectors, but it is crucial to achieving financial sustainability. Furthermore, it is not static; continuous innovation is needed simply to sustain one’s position in a marketplace, let alone expand in reach and impact. The past year has brought such needs even further to the fore, as primary forms of revenue generation - admissions, special exhibitions, etc. - have been shut down and organizations have had to scramble to bring in money through methods both familiar and brand-new.

In this session, participants will learn-by-doing: working through a series of steps to generate, share, and build upon each others’ ideas for revenue creation through new offerings, services, and business models. We will introduce simple innovation frameworks to guide the activity, which can be easily applied at participant’s home institutions. Session leaders (and participants) will bring examples as inspiration, and to help participants challenge their orthodoxies and think expansively on how they might bring in revenue, while aligning with and further advancing their mission.

The session will apply a few ‘lenses’ to accelerate this process, including membership, programming, and partnerships. At the conclusion of the session, participants will have a view towards developing and maintaining a balanced portfolio of revenue-generating innovation.

Deep Dive sign-ups open Wednesday, September 9. Space is limited and advance registration is required—so mark your calendars! Once sessions are filled, there will be a waitlist and MCN will notify attendees as spots become available.

Speakers
avatar for Mitchell Sava

Mitchell Sava

VP of Innovation, Learning, and Engagement, Museum of Life and Science
Mitch Sava is the Vice President of Innovation, Learning, and Engagement at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, where he has been since 2016. In this role, he helps drive the development of new services and partnerships - on and offline - for the museum to reach new audiences... Read More →
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Rosie Siemer

Founder + CEO, FIVESEED
My passion for enhancing and promoting the museum experience inspired me to launch FIVESEED, a research and strategy partner to arts and culture and conservation organizations worldwide. I've had the honor of guiding dozens of museums in the development and execution of data-informed... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

1:00pm EST

Empathy Jam: The Reunion Tour
In 2018, we hosted an MCN session about empathy and facilitated some empathy-building activities using our empathi[ZINE]. In such a changing, uncertain time as 2020, we want to bring some of these concepts back to the top of people’s consciousness. We invite you to engage in some person-to-person, group, and individual exercises that we’ll facilitate to find connection in a world that seems quite disconnected.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Alderman

Jason Alderman

Creative Technologist, Cloud Chamber
Former museum technologist who now makes interactive connected experiences for retail and theme parks at Valtech (https://www.valtech.engineering/). Gets excited about far too many things, including pizza, sketchnotes, digital infrastructure, paper pop-ups, zines, physical computing... Read More →
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Beck Tench

PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Beck Tench is a wife, daughter, friend, teacher, gardener, cyclist, kind stranger, and PhD student at the University of Washington Information School.  She researches how the design of physical and digital spaces cultivates contemplative experience and practice. She is particularly... Read More →
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Rachel Ropeik (she/her)

Learning Director, Aspen Art Museum
Rachel Ropeik is a museum educator and museum adventurer who brings thoughtful, playful, and progressive approaches to engaging people with art.
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Mimosa Shah

Adult Program Coordinator, Skokie Public Library
Mimosa Shah develops, manages, and evaluates informal learning opportunities for adults at Skokie Public Library, located near Chicago, Illinois. Her interests include media literacy and ways to deal with misinformation campaigns; digital photography and how we use various platforms... Read More →
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Elizabeth Bouton

Exhibits Associate, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Liz has been working as an Exhibits Associate at the George A. Smathers Libraries for the past two years after receiving a MA in Museum Studies from the University of Florida. The exhibits program promotes interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching to stimulate intellectual... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Open video conference and chat
  Experimental Session, Drop-in
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

1:30pm EST

Designing Inclusive Learning Path through Digital Storytelling: A Pilot Experimentation in a VR Interactive Etruscan Exhibition
 
View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

In recent years, museums are growingly recognized to be educational sites which could promote social and cultural integration through different methodologies such as Digital Storytelling (DST), Virtual Reality (VR) and Personalised Education. Starting from this assumption, the Centre for Museum Studies Roma TRE University (IT) has been working for the last three years in the “Inclusive Memory” project (http://host.uniroma3.it/progetti/inclusivememory/en/index.html) based on the idea that cultural heritage within the museum could be exploited as a social and active participation driver. The experimentation here presented is aimed at testing an Inclusive VR Etruscan Exhibition designed to foster the construction of a shared collective social memory by combining DST methodologies with learning instructions based on Visual Thinking and Critical Reflection.
The learning paths were meant to blend the physical visit at the National Etruscan museum "Villa Giulia" (Rome) with Digital Stories available by a custom-designed App for smartphone. The stories were designed to represent the voices of the minorities, stigmatized and marginalized groups such as migrants, elder people, people with cognitive/physical impairments and women. However, the worldwide Covid 19 health emergency - together with the need to follow social distancing - required us to redesign the visit and, as a consequence, we tried to turn this challenge into an opportunity. We asked ourselves “How we could visit Museums in the new post-covid world based on digital experiences?”
In this new scenario, virtual interactive exhibition could be one of the possible solution. To do this, we had to design cultural and educational interfaces. We proposed a particular experience of interactive virtual museum. The user - after an initial profiling phase - is required to collect the Etruscan coins placed above the main museum objects. After gaining the coin, an object-related story pops up on the screen. Different kinds of interactive activities were designed to stimulate the user learning experience: all the stories are interactive containing questions aimed at stimulating the user reflection. In addition, the user is invited to answer an open-ended question designed to both stimulate and assess Critical Thinking Skills.
The interactive virtual museum should not be simply conceived as a simulation of the physical museum experience. The aim is to offer a completely different experience - virtual and augmented - of the museum exhibition. Thus, we exploited a visual abstraction approach. Firstly, it was necessary to design the museum space in 3D - through 3D modeling software Rhinoceros. For greater clarity and conceptual abstraction, it was decided to design the rooms of the museum, according to a typical architectural plan of contemporary buildings at the Etruscan Museum: a row of rooms in succession. Each section follows the same pattern: inside the room there is the main exhibition object - also designed in 3D - and five abstract empty display cases.
Then, the specific User Interface for the interaction between the user and the space / object has been designed. Through a first prototyping with the software Adobe XD, it was possible to define the wireframes and the graphic and interaction elements of the interface. Subsequently, the project has been uploaded in the Unity platform for coded development. The interface reflects the maximum inclusiveness fees for DSA and non-DSA subjects. The strong use of visual contrasts given by the color palette, and the choice of a specific typeface - Biancoenero font - make the interface easy to read without losing elegance and style.
For the first experimentation, we tested only one of the six learning paths named “The highest ambition of a woman in ancient societies ... and today?”. The learning path describes the contrast between the subordinate role of the woman in the ancient Greek society and the strong figure of the powerful barbarian sorceress Medea, an outcast in Greece. A group of (N) post-graduate students in “Museum Education” will test the Virtual Learning Path. Our research questions are the following: 1. Do participants enjoy the visit? 2. Does Virtual Learning Path stimulate participants’ critical reflection? 3. Are there any correlations among participants characteristics and their preferences for stories, pieces of arts and fruition styles? In order to answer these questions, different kinds of data will be collected and analysed: log data and participants reactions to stories and pieces of arts will be used to understand to which extent participants enjoy the visit. These data will be also used to calculate correlation with participants personal characteristics (e.g. gender, age, personality traits, artistic preferences and so on). Open-ended answers will be analysed through a content analysis methodology to assess participants’ critical thinking reflections. In a Design-Based Research perspective, these data would be used to improve the quality of the learning paths and to better understand how to improve the personalization of the learning experience within the Virtual Etruscan Exhibition.

Speakers
avatar for Antonella Poce

Antonella Poce

Associate Professor, Roma Tre University
Antonella Poce is Associate Professor, qualified full professor, in Experimental Pedagogy at the Department of Education – University Roma TRE, where she chairs the Centre for Museum and Digital Studies and the post graduate courses: annual Museum Education and biennial Advanced... Read More →
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Maria Rosaria Re

PhD, Research fellow, Università Roma Tre, Dep. of Education, Centre for Museum Studies
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Alessio Caccamo

Research Fellow / Visual Communication Designer / Creative Director, Roma Tre University
Visual Communication Designer and Research Fellow at the Department of Education of Roma Tre University. Graduated with honors in Design, Visual and Multimedia Communication at Sapienza University of Rome, he combines theoretical research - in the academic field - with practical experimentation... Read More →
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carlo De Medio

Ph.d Researcher, Roma TRE
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MARA VALENTE

Resercher fellow, Roma Tre University
I'm a research fellow at the Department of Education of University Roma Tre. I'm carrying out research activities regarding digital innovation in the education to the cultural heritage for the development of transversal skills and social inclusion. Since September 2019, I have been... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

2:00pm EST

Designing for Labor Equity: Evaluative Tools from the Collective Responsibility Project
When workers leading digital innovation are funded by short-term grants, is it possible to build sustainable labor practices? After a presentation, attendees will break into groups and use the tools developed through the Collective Responsibility project to evaluate the labor aspects of a project. Each group will report back on their discussions, followed by further group discussion or Q&A.

Speakers
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Ruth Tillman

Cataloging Systems and Linked Data Strategist, Penn State University Libraries
Ruth Tillman is the founder and a co-facilitator of the Digital Library Federation’s Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums, a PI of the Collective Responsibility project, and works on digital systems at the Penn State University Libraries. Her research... Read More →
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Sandy Rodriguez

Associate Dean of Special Collections & Archives, University of Missouri--Kansas City
Sandy Rodriguez is Associate Dean of Special Collections & Archives at the University of Missouri--Kansas City. She currently serves as co-facilitator of the DLF Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums and Co-Principal Investigator for "Collective Responsibility... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1
  Presentation Panel
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

2:30pm EST

Bring Your Own Device and In-Hand Interactives: How Covid-19 Forced Innovation in Our Interactives
Bring Your Own Device
In 2015 the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum launched the Pen, an interactive stylus that allows visitors to collect objects on display by tapping wall labels embedded with NFC tags, and saving them to an online Cooper Hewitt account. In 2020 this functionality was reproduced as a standalone, and open-source, iOS application as a way to prove that it is within the means of cultural heritage institutions to do what was done with the Pen, at Cooper Hewitt, sector-wide. [1]

An open-source "bring your own pen device" offers a way for institutions without the means or the ability to develop or distribute bespoke hardware like the Pen the ability to let their visitors take their visit with them and to revisit it at a later date. Importantly it provides a technical and conceptual scaffolding that allows an institution to participate in that remembering. Every year there are thousands, perhaps millions, of photographs of objects or their wall labels that visitors take during museum visits that exist in isolation without any meaningful connection back to the object itself, the institution that shepherds it or the broader collection it is a part of. A "bring your pen device" is a tangible first step towards bridging that gap.

This presentation will discuss the history, implementation and technical details of the project. It will also discuss next steps and how the project can be adapted to work with institutions that lack the budget or the staff for large or sophisticated digital initiatives and how it might be adapted to work across different institutions (for example Museum Mile in New York City or the different Smithsonian museums in Washington).

Finally it will make an argument for a renewed and modular approach to software development by and for the cultural heritage sector in order that we might develop a re-usable toolbox, or kit of parts, that can be re-configured quickly and easily to adapt to the needs of different institutions.

[1] https://www.aaronland.info/weblog/2020/06/16/revisiting/#pen

In-Hand Ineractives
As Covid-19 took hold of the world and changed the way we interact with each other, the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) began to explore how we would engage our visitors during a pandemic. Being known for our interactive experiences, we explored ways our guests would experience these interactives in no-touch ways upon reopening. These options included investing in gesture control, providing styluses, removing interactives, installing new hardware, and more. After much thought, we landed on developing a new experience called “CMC In-Hand Interactives”

In-Hand Interactives is a web-based experience offering much of the same content of our interactives via a mobile device. It offered the most economical solution that could be quickly developed and highly engaging. Having just invested in new interactives during our restoration, this path would also allow us to return our interactives to operations once the pandemic threat had ended. Additionally, CMC’s board, leadership, and staff wanted to use this as the foundation and learning opportunity for how we engage our guests digitally in the future. Finally, CMC developed a partnership with Digimarc to effectively deliver the content to our guests. By scanning a digitally embedded barcode in artwork, guests could be launched directly to the content.

In this session, we will explore the process from ideation, evaluating solutions, leveraging existing content, re-imagining the guest experience for mobile, building a new web platform, and delivering this content to our guests.

Speakers
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Aaron Cope

Head of Internet Typing, SFO Museum
Aaron is the Head of Internet Typing at SFO Museum and the creator of Who's On First, an openly-licensed gazetteer of all the places in the world. Previously he was Head of Engineering at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, responsible for the museum's digital infrastructure... Read More →
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David Zlatic

Chief Technology Officer, Cincinnati Museum Center
Dave Zlatic is on his second tour at the Cincinnati Museum Center. He first joined Cincinnati Museum Center as a Traveling Exhibits Technician in 2002 and focused on hands-on interactive design. After 12 years in Higher Education at Xavier University, he returned to Cincinnati Museum... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Live stream channel 2
  Presentation Panel
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

2:30pm EST

Data & Insights + Human-Centered Design + Strategy SIGs Meetup - Sponsored by Lucidea
Join the Data & Insights, Human-Centered Design and the Strategy combined SIG Meetup.

Hosted by:
Sponsored by Lucidea.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Nip

Katherine Nip

Manager, Digital Services, Art Gallery of Ontario
avatar for Chris Unitt

Chris Unitt

Founder, One Further
avatar for Bora Shehu

Bora Shehu

Head of UX, Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Cathy Sigmond

Senior Associate, RK&A
I'm a strategist and researcher who guides cultural organizations, educators, and designers in centering their audiences' voices and perspectives in all they do.  My mission is to help anyone and everyone-- no matter your role or background-- become a deeper, more evaluative thinker... Read More →
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Tricia Robson

Senior Project Manager, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tricia Robson is a strategist and team lead with over a decade of experience in digital strategy and production, contemporary art history, and cross-departmental project management. Tricia is the current Senior Project Manager for Digital, Education, Publications, Imaging, Libraries... Read More →
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Douglas Hegley

Chief Digital Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Thursday November 12, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Social Events

3:00pm EST

DEAI Listening Group
Practices centering diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) are critical to the field of museum of technology. What are some ways we can better incorporate and promote DEAI both in the MCN community and throughout the #MuseTech sector at large? Join DEAI Advisory Board Members Scarlett Hu and Rumana Chaudhuri for a session that centers MCN community members as they voice their ideas and share examples of how they've created more inclusive spaces at their organizations and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Yvonne Lee (she/her)

Yvonne Lee (she/her)

Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Yvonne Lee oversees stewardship of the art administration systems and their data at LACMA and provides strategic solutions for pluralistic user needs. Before joining the museum, Yvonne served as Research and Data Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (now Department of... Read More →
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Andrea Montiel de Shuman

Digital Experience Designer, Independent
Andrea Montiel de Shuman is a Digital Experience Designer focused on collaborating to create digital experiences to help communities see themselves in art. Among other collaborations, Andrea serves as Program Co-Chair of Museum Computer Network, Organizing Committee of the Tech... Read More →
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Scarlett Hu

Assistant Director, Getty Digital, J Paul Getty Trust
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Rumana Chaudhuri

Visitor Experience Volunteer, National Museum of the American Indian
Visitor Experience as a coordinated museum activity, DEAI


Thursday November 12, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Open video conference and chat
  MCN Community, Drop-in
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

3:30pm EST

A Flexible, Touchfree Interactive Platform for Exhibiting Physical and Digital Student Works in a University Library

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

We will present a case study sharing the design and development process for a new interactive exhibit space at the North Carolina State University Libraries, called the Innovation Studio. The Libraries collaborated with Relative Scale of Raleigh, NC to realize an experience built around interactive projection, designed as a lightweight and mostly “touchfree” approach to digital interactives. This interaction design, and the content platform that underlies it, facilitate dynamic exhibition in a multi-use space—one that is central to a larger transformation happening in the newly renovated Hill Library. The Innovation Studio exhibition platform affords a new approach to collecting student work (in both digital and physical form) and sharing their stories, further situating the library as a forum and community space.

In designing for flexibility—the exhibits will often need to be removed so the Studio can be used for teaching—interactive projection won out over bulky touch tables, leading to a “touchfree” approach that is also uniquely ready for the shift in user experience caused by COVID-19. We’ll share our technical process of UX design, prototyping, concept development and the interplay between NC State & Relative Scale; and particularly focus on the challenges of interaction design and our content model, which allows for different types of works (digital, physical, and hybrid) and the rich diversity of a University community.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers

Head of Making & Innovation Studio, North Carolina State University Libraries
Adam Rogers is an innovative, user-focused librarian who works at the intersection of public services and new technologies. In his role as Head of Making & Innovation Studio for the NC State University Libraries Libraries, he has provided vision and direction for the new Innovation... Read More →
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Luis Zapata

Senior Designer/Developer, Relative Scale
Luis is a designer focused on using technology to explore visual rhetoric in user interactions.As Sr. Designer / Developer, Luis is responsible for tailoring each story into an optimized user experience. Applying design skills in Adobe Creative Suite with his creative coding expertise... Read More →
avatar for Luke Cline

Luke Cline

Founder / Creative Director, Relative Scale
Luke has worked in multimedia production for over 20 years and has been instrumental in the success of numerous award-winning projects for museums, universities, sports organizations, government agencies, and cable and public television networks. As Creative Director, Luke oversees... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

3:30pm EST

Social Distance = Distance Learning
In the time of social distancing, we need distance learning more than ever. Museums around the country are turning to this medium as a way to sustain their relationships with existing audiences and open their digital doors to new ones. In this moderated panel discussion, the panelists will share how their museums have responded to the novel coronavirus through distance learning, such as virtual field trips, online courses, and mixed reality programs. Each museum has varying levels of experience with distance learning but the global pandemic has caused them to either kickstart, expand, or reexamine the programming they offer in order to meaningfully engage audiences while the physical buildings remain closed.

This session will share those stories and explore questions such as: how does distance learning uniquely explores the tension between transformation and longevity? how can museums transform successful onsite programs into online learning and how do you maximize digital spaces for learning? How do you get institutional buy-in to rapidly shift the focus of staff and resources to new types of programming? How can museums see this as an opportunity to sustain existing relationships with their audiences and invite new visitors in?

This session will investigate the MCN theme of Sustainability by exploring what distance learning technologies and practices look like in the face of disruption as a result of COVID-19 and how this transformation impacts the long-term goals of their department and/or institution. It will address themes from Strand 1 by sharing how museums have created new strategies via distance learning to engage audiences as a result of COVID-19 closures.

The panelists in this session represent three types and sizes of museums, from three geographic areas, and three levels of experience with distance learning. This mixture of experience will provide a rich discussion around transformation and sustainability in engaging audiences through distance learning. They include:
- A regional history museum that has never utilized distance learning but is switching gears to overhaul their programs;
- A national history museum that has existing K-12 virtual field trips, and higher ed and lifelong learning online programming, but exploring online offerings for teacher professional development;
- A statewide art museum that has experiences in different forms of distance learning for various audiences and expanding into mixed reality.

The moderator is a museum consultant with expertise in distance learning and podcasting, so can mediate a lively interactive discussion between panelists and virtual attendees.

During the session, the moderator would facilitate Q&A in the chat throughout the session; attendees and panelists could use the chat to provide resources to each other in real time; use polling to stimulate discussion or focus the conversation in ways that are most relevant to the attendees; and play a game with panelists and attendees at the end of the session!

Speakers
avatar for Emily Kotecki

Emily Kotecki

Experience Designer & Podcast Host, Self
Emily Kotecki is an independent museum experience designer. She previously worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art where she developed award winning 360-degree immersive rooms, digital kiosks, online learning communities, and exhibition installations. Emily also hosted the podcast... Read More →
avatar for Chrissy Gregg

Chrissy Gregg

Assistant Director of Distance Learning, The National WWII Museum
Assistant Director of Distance Learning at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA
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Christine Campeau

School Programs Manager/Educator, Adirondack Experience
Hello! I have been with the ADKX for 23 years. I love stories and storytelling, and am jumping in and trying to navigate this virtual world!
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Camille Tewell

Manager of Digital Learning, North Carolina Museum of Art
As Manager of Digital Learning at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Camille Tewell oversees virtual field trips, K-12 VR initiatives, online courses for students, and digital assets on the museum’s educational website, NCMALearn. Camille received her Bachelor of Science in biology... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1

5:00pm EST

Making ‘The Digital Future of Museums’
The Digital Future of Museums: Conversations and Provocations' (March 2020, Routledge) explores the role of digital technology in contemporary museum practice within Europe, the U.S., Australasia and Asia through interviews with 24 museum practitioners, thinkers, and experts in related fields from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographies.

In this session, the book’s authors will synthesize their learnings from the interviews, and offer provocations and reflections about effective practice that will help prepare today’s museums for tomorrow. Topics covered in the book include post-digital/post-normal museum making; trust, truth, data, privacy and personalisation; digital collections and source communities; digital platforms and practices; institutional change and leadership; interactivity and immersion and many more. This session will focus on the necessity of deep dialogues, community ownership, local relevance and social impact for museum digital practice now and into the future. It is less about sustainability in the sense of “sustaining orgs as they are” and much more focused on how to sustain and be successful while undergoing the necessary changes that are demanded of us. It’s a progressive and challenging project, fit for these complex times.

Beyond this synthesis, this session will include a facilitated discussion with two additional experts to track the changes since the book was developed, including the impact of COVID-19, the museum labor movement and the push to anti-racism in shaping museum digital practice going forward*.

* Given the evolving context, the two participants will be named closer to the conference date to ensure relevance. We will be intersectional in our choice of experts.

Speakers
avatar for Keir Winesmith

Keir Winesmith

Digital Catalyst / Strategic Consultant / Prof., Winesmith Digital Studio / University of New South Wales
Dr. Keir Winesmith is a strategic consultant and academic working at the intersection of digital and culture. He advises museums, galleries, libraries, archives and universities on digital transformation initiatives and the development of new digital experiences, while undertaking... Read More →
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Suse Anderson

Assistant Professor, Museum Studiea, George Washington University
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Lauren Vargas

Independent Researcher and Consultant, Your Digital Tattoo
By day, Dr. Lauren 'L' Vargas is a digital dragon wrangler with 20 years experience assisting organizations with their community and communication strategies. Vargas is an independent researcher and consultant of Your Digital Tattoo, as well as, a 'One by One' Research Associate with... Read More →
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La Tanya Autry

Cultural organizer, #MuseumsAreNotNeutral
As a cultural organizer in the visual arts, LaTanya S. Autry centers collective care in her decolonial, abolitionist curatorial praxis. In addition to co-creating The Art of Black Dissent, she co-produced #MuseumsAreNotNeutral, and the Social Justice and Museums Resource List. LaTanya... Read More →
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Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.


Thursday November 12, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1

6:00pm EST

Speed Networking #3- Sponsored by Axiell

Join facilitators Don Youngberg and Eric Longo to meet other MCN attendees with some speed networking! 

  • Each session consists of a series of breakout rooms with several participants. 
  • Tell us where you're from, what you're curious about, and more—just be quick!
  • Every session lasts only 30 minutes and accommodates up to 80 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required.

Brought to you by Axiell.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.
avatar for Don Youngberg

Don Youngberg

Non-Profit Executive
MCN Board Member and Community Enthusiast



Thursday November 12, 2020 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Social Events
 
Tuesday, November 17
 

11:00am EST

“This Isn’t a Question but a Comment...” Unpacking Misogyny in Musetech
This session seeks to explore and unpack misogyny in museums, and specifically within musetech and STEAM. Internalized misogyny, microaggressions, overt harassment and assault, retaliation and abuse. The reckoning started with #MuseumMeToo… except we’re still facing it today, in even more insidious ways as white cishet feminism often overrides the voices of BIPOC folks and LGBTQIA+ folks. We want to provide attendees with the tools they need to recognize the different manifestations of misogyny, with robust discussion, and some much-needed catharsis.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Pham

Sarah Pham

Digital Assets Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
avatar for Brittany Nazario (she/her)

Brittany Nazario (she/her)

Visitor Experience Manager, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
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Arlette Hernandez

Volkswagen Fellow for Digital Learning, The Museum of Modern Art
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Meredith Steinfels

Assistant Director, Digital Platforms, Media, & Archives, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
I am a database/digital asset/digital project manager and archivist at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth. Within my practice I focus on equitable digital literacy and access to information.


Tuesday November 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1
  Experimental Session
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

11:00am EST

The Joys of Connecting Your Collections to Wikidata - [SOLD OUT]

Wikidata is the evolution of Wikipedia towards a modern structured data system that has gained popularity with numerous cultural, heritage, and scientific institutions around the world to interconnect their holdings and bring new interactive capabilities to their collections data. This workshop provides a practical guide to how Wikidata works, the ways museums and libraries can immediately work with it, and a participatory demonstration of its powerful linked open data and visualization tools. Practical case studies from The Met Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, among others, will be shown while walking attendees through the various stages of contribution, collaboration, and co-creation with Wikidata.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Lih

Andrew Lih

Wikimedia Strategist, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Presenter, Andrew Lih, has given Wikidata training sessions to the staff of the Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Libraries Association and other cultural institutions. His teaching materials and one page guide are used widely in the instruction of... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

11:30am EST

Speed Networking #4 - Sponsored by ACME Ticketing

Join facilitators Don Youngberg and Eric Longo to meet other MCN attendees with some speed networking!

  • Each session consists of a series of breakout rooms with several participants. 
  • Tell us where you're from, what you're curious about, and more—just be quick!
  • Every session lasts only 30 minutes and accommodates up to 80 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required.

Brought to you by ACME Ticketing.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.
avatar for Don Youngberg

Don Youngberg

Non-Profit Executive
MCN Board Member and Community Enthusiast



Tuesday November 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Social Events

12:30pm EST

Collections for Whomst? Deconstructing Museum Practices, Constructing Digital Frontiers, and Envisioning Community Futures
The Smithsonian has collections that span diverse cultures, but there are gaps in the digital tools used to organize and understand these collections on both internal and public fronts. We present five case studies that use digital tools to address collection/cataloging legacies at the Smithsonian, ranging from online archives, access initiatives, collections analysis, and repatriation data.

Speakers
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Jaimee-Ian Rodriguez

I2F Fellow, Smithsonian Institution
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Karen Adjei

Program Administrative Coordinator, Nonprofit Montgomery
Hello there! I'm Karen, and I'm interested in how to use information management to foster positive community engagements, enact sustainable and inclusive social change and realize the inherent dignity in others. I majored in History and minored in Asian American Studies at Northwestern... Read More →
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Daisy A. Jaime

Contract Cataloger, Smithsonian Institution
We are a collective of emerging museum professionals of color that aims to use storytelling and social justice to address harmful representation and silences in museum collections. As recent alumni of the Smithsonian’s Intern to Fellowship (I2F) program, which promotes diversity... Read More →
avatar for Elka Lee-Shapiro

Elka Lee-Shapiro

Contractor, Smithsonian Institution
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Jade Levandofsky (They/Them)

MLIS Grad Student, UCLA


Tuesday November 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1
  Presentation Panel
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

12:30pm EST

Software Show Off
Too often we only see demos of enterprise software in a highly controlled sales environment. With software show and tell participants will see many different databases in action, and hear direct testimonials from their peers who use that software daily. For those who already have DAMS and CMS, we will offer a space to share tips/hacks/troubleshooting and customization ideas among users with the same software.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Ciccone

Christopher Ciccone

Collections Photographer/Digital Asset Manager, North Carolina Museum of Art
avatar for Claire Blechman

Claire Blechman

Digital Asset Manager


Tuesday November 17, 2020 12:30pm - 2:15pm EST
Open video conference and chat

1:00pm EST

IT SIG Meetup - Sponsored by Collector Systems
Join the Information Technology SIG Meetup hosted by co-chairs Craddock and Brian Dawson.

Sponsored by Collector Systems.

Speakers
avatar for Janice Craddock

Janice Craddock

Head of Information Te chnology, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
As Head of Information Technology, I head a department of three to oversee all IT functions and the network infrastructure of the museum. In my thirty plus years at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, I have seen firsthand how technology has changed, evolving into an increasingly... Read More →
avatar for Brian Dawson (he/him)

Brian Dawson (he/him)

Chief Digital Officer, Ingenium -- Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation



Tuesday November 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Social Events

1:30pm EST

Virtual Museum of Tutankhamun
No live Q&A will be available for this session.

You may view this presentation at any time.

The virtual reality and real-time 3D technology in addition to many other display technologies are getting more and more into our life nowadays. The use of immersive virtual reality (VR) systems in heritage can allow users visiting inaccessible sites, as well as they can allow both greater richness and diversity in content.

This paper presents the case study of an interactive VR application "Virtual Museum of Tutankhamun" using VR headset display, the paper presents an overview of Virtual reality in heritage and explores the classification of VR display systems, based on their features in terms of interaction and immersion.

Speakers
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Mohamed Ibrahim

Deputy Director, CULTNAT
Mohamed Ismail is a deputy director of CUTNAT (Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage), a Ph.D. candidate at Helwan university in the program 'Heritage and Museum Studies'. He received the B.Sc. in 1998, then diploma of computer science from Arab Academy for Science... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 1:30pm - 1:45pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

1:30pm EST

Redirecting Power: Holding Institutions Accountable in Responsible and Effective Ways
Note that this session is now open to all attendees. There is no capacity limit on this session. 

As the world faces dual pandemics of the Covid crisis and structural racism, the field has experienced an exacerbation of already-critical systemic issues. In the past, the power and resources of institutions have kept staff and issues silenced, going unaddressed and free of accountability. As colleagues across the field have experienced the consequences, many have decided to take action to demand better workplaces and practices in serving our communities. Co-presenters invested in these efforts will share case studies + resources while opening space for discussion, disagreement and brainstorming.



Speakers
avatar for Andrea Montiel de Shuman

Andrea Montiel de Shuman

Digital Experience Designer, Independent
Andrea Montiel de Shuman is a Digital Experience Designer focused on collaborating to create digital experiences to help communities see themselves in art. Among other collaborations, Andrea serves as Program Co-Chair of Museum Computer Network, Organizing Committee of the Tech... Read More →
avatar for Mike Murawski

Mike Murawski

Independent Consultant
Independent consultant, change leader & author living in Portland, Oregon. Mike is the Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com and co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, a global advocacy campaign calling for equity-based transformation across museums. In 2016, he co-founded Super... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Fisher

Michelle Fisher

Curator, MFA Boston
Michelle is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, a Curatorial Assistant in the Architecture + Design department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and an educator in art, architecture, and design histories at several institutions (currently Parsons... Read More →
avatar for Paula Santos

Paula Santos

Senior Manager of Learning and Engagement, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Paula Santos is a museum educator, cultural organizer, and lover of everything arts and culture. Throughout her career, she has focused on creating and advocating for meaningful, equitable museum programming for family and adult audiences. In addition to her museum work, she is the... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)
  Deep Dive
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

2:00pm EST

Speed Networking #5 - Sponsored by PLANK

Join facilitators Don Youngberg and Eric Longo to meet other MCN attendees with some speed networking!

  • Each session consists of a series of breakout rooms with several participants. 
  • Tell us where you're from, what you're curious about, and more—just be quick!
  • Every session lasts only 30 minutes and accommodates up to 80 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required.

Brought to you by Plank.

Speakers
avatar for Don Youngberg

Don Youngberg

Non-Profit Executive
MCN Board Member and Community Enthusiast
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.



Tuesday November 17, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Social Events

2:00pm EST

Effects Of Shelter-In-Place On Museum Website Visitation: Findings From A Cross-institutional Study
For many museums, website visitation traditionally supported on-site visitation. What changed with shelter-in-place? We will present cross-industry trends revealed by an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data aggregated from eighteen institutions across the country, some small, some medium, some large. We will compare and contrast with deep dives into the data of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Speakers
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Tim Hart

Audience Research and Analysis, The J. Paul Getty Trust
avatar for Colin Brooks

Colin Brooks

Senior Developer, Whitney Museum of American Art
Colin Brooks is the Senior Web Developer at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is responsible for managing the ongoing development of whitney.org and other digital products, including the Museum's online collection, digital signage, and on-site Mobile Guide. With a background... Read More →
avatar for Marty Spellerberg

Marty Spellerberg

Principal, Spellerberg Associates
Research, design and development for artists, museums, cultural institutions. Director of Spellerberg Projects, an art space in Lockhart TX.


Tuesday November 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1

2:30pm EST

OBJ vs. GIF: An Comparative Analysis of Expense and Accessibility in Cultural Heritage Digitization

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

3D digitization involves the creation of digital surrogates of museum objects. The use of 3D modelling technology in cultural heritage institutions has rapidly increased over the past twenty years. While light-dependent imaging techniques, including photogrammetry, laser triangulation, LiDAR, and range scanning, have proliferated in the museum, more questions remain about long-term model, metadata, and overall file standards. The files produced from these methods, often OBJ, PLY, and STL files, given their long-lasting usage, offer a comparative focus for analyzing the expertise and expense needed to create and share these files, which may put the technology out of reach of small to middle-size cultural heritage institutions and may prohibit non-research parties from accessing these file types. In order to combat these issues, until these 3D file types become more accessible and standardized along with their methods, the author recommends the creation of 360 degree GIF files as an inexpensive, accessible, and effective alternative for cultural heritage digitization.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Cieslik

Emma Cieslik

Digitization Research Intern, Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry
Emma Cieslik is a student at Ball State University studying public history and anthropology. Over the past three years, Emma has worked in museums of different sizes and subject matter, including the McHenry County History Society and Museum, Midway Village Museum, Field Museum, the... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

3:30pm EST

From Onsite, Online to Hybrid: The Impact of COVID-19 on The Art of Observation

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s digital initiatives have accelerated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the museum’s closure, we migrated The Art of Observation academic outreach program for medical students at Queen’s University online. Learning from its virtual delivery, a hybrid approach including digital and onsite activities will be implemented to teach art to inculcate cultural sensitivity close looking skills in our future doctors.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Parker

Heather Parker

Associate Curator, Academic Outreach, Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University
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Danuta Sierhuis

Digital Development Coordinator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Danuta Sierhuis is the Digital Development Coordinator at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University. She is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and evaluation of digital programs. Most recently, she was project lead for a refreshed website design... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

3:30pm EST

Video Content Strategy: Moving Beyond the Museum
What does a strategy for video content and distribution look like? And should that strategy change in the coronavirus era? Panelists from four very different art museums will tell you about the overarching video strategies at their institutions, and discuss how the pandemic changed everything—or nothing—for them.

Video has become central to the overall communications strategy for many institutions, and a key method conveying the institution’s brand identity. Having a strategy to guide the production of these complex pieces of content, which often require significant time and money to create, is critical. Panelists will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their pre-coronavirus strategies, and apply lessons learned from the pandemic to address key questions. How can we produce meaningful content in a world where our main sources—the museum space, the exhibitions and all other activities—are locked down? Have audience expectations shifted around video? Will a strong digital strategy carry you through a pandemic, where audiences are largely living and working online? What new opportunities does the coronavirus era offer?

Topics addressed will include selecting the right video tool for the job, how to design video for specific distribution platforms, live vs. pre-recorded video, integrating video into your social media calendar, empowering staff to help with production, and how or if to adjust these techniques and strategies when the goal is no longer to drive people to visit the museum.

On the diversity of our panel:
While we all work in art museums, the missions and relationships to our communities are very different. You will hear about strategies from a Scandinavian museum with a strong public service approach, and three museums in the US: a small university museum, a mid-size museum focused on contemporary arts and social justice, a large metropolitan art museum. Presenters also offer different perspectives, with backgrounds in technical video production, journalism, content production, and business. Two of the panelists have never presented at MCN before.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Castillo

Gregory Castillo

Multimedia Producer, Dallas Museum of Art
Gregory Castillo is the Multimedia Producer at the Dallas Museum of Art since 2015. In his role at the museum he works as a photographer, videographer and editor, creating digital content that helps the DMA reach audiences across North Texas and beyond.Prior to his work in museums... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Waggoner

Ryan Waggoner

Director of Creative Services, Spencer Museum of Art
Ryan Wagoner (he/him) is the Director of Creative Services at the Spencer Museum of Art. His work at the museum includes digitizing the collection, photographing exhibitions and events, producing documentary-style videos, and providing direction for the museum’s digital platforms... Read More →
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Peder Wuth

Head of Digital Media, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
avatar for Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards

Associate Director, Digital Content, Hammer Museum
Susan Edwards is a digital content producer and strategist who has worked in museums for over 20 years. Susan is currently Associate Director for Digital Content at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she collaborates with colleagues in all departments of the museum to create... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1

4:30pm EST

Social Media SIG Meetup - Sponsored by WordPress VIP
Join the Social Media SIG Meetup, hosted by SIG co-chairs Emily Haight and Jonathan Munar.

Brought to you by WordPress VIP | Automattic.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Haight

Emily Haight

Social Media Manager, New-York Historical Society
Emily Haight is the Social Media Manager at the New-York Historical Society. She currently serves on the communications team of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Media & Technology Professional Network and chairs the Social Media Special Interest Group for Museum Computer Network... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Munar

Jonathan Munar

Director of Digital, Art21
Jonathan Munar is the Director of Digital at Art21, heading the organization’s digital presence across Web, social media, and related platforms. Previously, Jonathan was a member of the Website department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has served on the board of the American... Read More →



Tuesday November 17, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Social Events

5:00pm EST

Multi-Robot Comedy Performance
Who knew robots could have such impeccable comedic timing? Sit down for this unique performance from the CHARISMA Robotics Lab and Collaborative Robots and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute at Oregon State University.  Researchers Ajay Pallekonda, Sowmya Jujjuri and the team (both human and robotic) will host a 10–15 minute performance followed by an audience Q&A about the work.

Speakers
SJ

Sowmya Jujjuri

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University


Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Social Events

5:00pm EST

Help wanted: MCN & NEW INC seek feedback on case study template for musetech digital projects web resource
With the support from a Knight Foundation grant, MCN is partnering with NEW INC, New Museum’s art and technology incubator, to launch a new web resource for the museum tech community. Through this new resource, we will capture and share model projects and experiments from across our community, with a goal of creating a centralized repository that anyone can use to advance their own understanding of how to creatively integrate technology into museum digital practice. Over the past few years, the field has made remarkable advancements and the goal of this joint project is to create a home for documenting and discussing this work.

The format of our platform -- how information is collected, how it is categorized, how it is presented -- is being jointly developed over the next few months by MCN and NEW INC. These two 60-minute Experimental sessions are part of our discovery process, during which we'll share some early case study templates and seek participants' feedback as we develop a new framework for capturing innovative digital projects in the field.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND THIS SESSION ZOOM MEETING!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Pereira

Stephanie Pereira

Director, NEW INC
Stephanie Pereira is a community engagement expert with over fifteen years of experience working at the intersection of arts and business.  Prior to joining NEW INC, she was a senior leader at Kickstarter, where she worked for over six years: first as the inaugural Director of Arts... Read More →
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Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.
avatar for Kelsa Trom

Kelsa Trom

Head of Programs, NEW INC
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Mark Osterman

Director of Digital Engagement and Head of Education, Lowe Art Museum


Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Open video conference and chat

6:00pm EST

Educational & Interpretive Media + Media Production & Branding SIGs Meetup - Sponsored by LIVDEO
The Educational & Interpretive Media and Media Production & Branding combined SIG Meetup.

Hosted by:
Sponsored by LIVDEO.

Speakers
MM

Melissa Mair

Interpretive Planner, Freelance/Consulting
avatar for Devon (Kajva) Armstrong

Devon (Kajva) Armstrong

Visitor Experience Associate, Boston Children's Museum
Hello! My name is Devon Armstrong, though I am planning on changing my name to Kajva. I am a Visitor Experience Associate and Exhibit Mentor at the Boston Children's Museum.  I also serve as the VEA representative on our museum's Equity, Diversion, and Inclusion Committee, and I... Read More →
KC

Kelsey Cvach

Senior Digital Strategist, National Museum of American Diplomacy
avatar for Ryan Waggoner

Ryan Waggoner

Director of Creative Services, Spencer Museum of Art
Ryan Wagoner (he/him) is the Director of Creative Services at the Spencer Museum of Art. His work at the museum includes digitizing the collection, photographing exhibitions and events, producing documentary-style videos, and providing direction for the museum’s digital platforms... Read More →



Tuesday November 17, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Social Events
 
Wednesday, November 18
 

10:30am EST

Ensuring Data Integrity with your CMS – Axiell Collections
Don’t let bad data dull the effectiveness of your CMS. Bad data can lead to slow and inefficient searches, force duplication of effort, waste time with unnecessary data entry, and lead to unhelpful reports or web catalogues. Managing data plays a pivotal role in successfully implementing and maintaining your Collections Management System. You need a system that operates on strong, purposeful data foundations, that is as sharp and efficient as you need it to be.

We have a few tricks up our sleeve about data integrity that we’d like to share. Join us on Nov 18 @ 10:30 am for an interactive conversation about data integrity and a deep dive into Axiell Collections.


Speakers
avatar for Jesse Dutton-Kenny

Jesse Dutton-Kenny

Sales Consultant, Axiell
Happy to answer any and all of your questions about the collections management system solutions that Axiell provides!
avatar for Laura House

Laura House

Business Development Manager, Axiell
avatar for Rielle Ullberg

Rielle Ullberg

Marketing Manager, Axiell



Wednesday November 18, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Sponsors channels

11:45am EST

Commercializing Content: Q&A from Across the Pond - Capture Ltd
Have you wondered how content licensing and commercialization differs across the pond? Hear from Capture Ltd, a UK-based DAM and media licensing platform, specializing in rights, licensing, metadata, finance and royalties, about how we are working with our UK/European clients to create commercial ventures from their precious assets.

This is a Q&A, so come prepped with questions, or feel free to drop in and listen to the conversations. If you’d like to submit questions in advance, you can do so here: Submit a Question!


Sponsors
avatar for Nick Caw

Nick Caw

CEO, Capture
Capture is a leader in digital asset management. Specialising in media management, rights, licensing, metadata, finance and royalties, our configurable solutions and expert services help a range of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and other organisations to manage, protect... Read More →



Wednesday November 18, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EST
Sponsors channels

12:30pm EST

Interdepartmental Approaches to Transforming Digital Workflow and Decision Making at the New-York Historical Society

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

During this 30 minute session, we share how the New-York Historical Society took an interdepartmental approach to digital content management with the goal of deepening public engagement for education audiences online.

Through a three-year grant, a core group of staff from the IT, Museum, Library, Exhibitions and Education departments received training on a variety of digital skills -- and shared out their training across the museum. Staff members brainstormed connections between one another's work to find ways to support online programming, digital content, and online collections. As an interdepartmental team, staff also worked collaboratively to ensure the institution’s digital collections, and the content management systems that organize them, are optimized for public accessibility and for use in education programming. This allowed us to connect our digital staff to the needs of our core audience, leading to increased culturally responsive museum content and, in line with our unique mission, more representation of non-dominant narratives of history for teachers and students.

We will share our collaborative approach to transforming our museum’s digital workflow and decision making. Our experience has been that when staff from multiple departments learn aside one another, creative ideas from across disciplines can be produced organically, discussed immediately, and implemented sustainably. Together we will explore tactics that panelists (and the audience) have used to enable museum staff to fully understand, adopt and optimize digital technology in museums to further your mission.

Speakers
avatar for Rosanna Flouty (she/her)

Rosanna Flouty (she/her)

Managing Director, HG&Co
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Pauline Noyes

Associate Director, Teen Programs, New-York Historical Society
Pauline Noyes is Associate Director of Teen Programs at the New-York Historical Society, where she oversees the Tech Commons, a digital media lab for teens, and Education digital initiatives. She has over 12 years of museum and technology experience, including positions at the Whitney... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

12:30pm EST

Intro to GitHub for (Non-Coding) Cultural Heritage Professionals by (Non-Coding) Photographers
The code repository GitHub is a great place to find projects shared by your colleagues and is also a way for groups to work together asynchronously. It is a community and technology built on top of a particular distributed version control method, named git. Not just for code, GitHub can be used for documents, metadata, and spreadsheets; you can even host a static website in a GitHub repository! In this introductory session, Kjell and Charles will walk through the GitHub process to show how multiple users can contribute to a project at the same time - or at different times. Session participants may want to have a free GitHub login to take part in the project, but it’s not required.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Walbridge

Charles Walbridge

Lead Collections Photographer, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Charles Walbridge is Lead Collections Photographer at Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). He has worked at Mia for more than 15 years and the work he does includes still photography, 3D scanning, conservation photography, image data standards, and museum sustainability.
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kjell olsen

Software Architect, Minneapolis Institute of Art


Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1

12:30pm EST

Nothing about Us Without Us.....Now More Than Ever

Efforts around equity were some of the first casualties in institutions' fight for survival, exposing how flippant some institutions consider DEAI measures. Institutions are still failing to understand that equity must be central to their missions and isn't just a fad. As the world pivots, are institutions willing and able to critically engage with their entrenched biases and create new normals?

Speakers
WR

Wided Rihana Khadraoui

Director, Tazuri
Wided Khadraoui is an Amazigh-American writer, researcher, and curator. Professionally, she managed an art gallery in the Middle East and continues to publish on the region. She's also worked at a design firm that created digital experiences for cultural institutions. She has two... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

1:00pm EST

We’re Not All Chinese: Asian and Pacific Islander Experiences in Musetech
This Chatham House Rule session intentionally holds space for individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage to share their experiences in the museum technology sector. The processing session will include pre-written prompts to facilitate discussion points including but not limited to shared commonalities, significant differences, the “model minority” myth, the bamboo ceiling, minor feelings, and other difficult and important issues. Attendees who do not identify as being of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage are encouraged to listen but not speak during this session.

Speakers
avatar for Mimosa Shah

Mimosa Shah

Adult Program Coordinator, Skokie Public Library
Mimosa Shah develops, manages, and evaluates informal learning opportunities for adults at Skokie Public Library, located near Chicago, Illinois. Her interests include media literacy and ways to deal with misinformation campaigns; digital photography and how we use various platforms... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Lee (she/her)

Yvonne Lee (she/her)

Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Yvonne Lee oversees stewardship of the art administration systems and their data at LACMA and provides strategic solutions for pluralistic user needs. Before joining the museum, Yvonne served as Research and Data Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (now Department of... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Ledesma

Andrea Ledesma

Digital Product Specialist, Field Museum
Andrea Ledesma is the Digital Product Specialist for the Web & Digital Engagement Team. She supports the maintenance of fieldmuseum.org and development of digital storytelling projects, while keeping a keen eye on user experience and digital strategy. A public humanist and digital... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Live stream channel 2
  Experimental Session
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

1:30pm EST

Curator Brain, Meet AI Brain

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

Is it possible to create an AI-based experience that feels truly native to a museum’s story? Our process uncovered that… this is the wrong question. We will discuss how The Henry Ford and Bluecadet used lo-fi prototyping, collaborative workshops, and open-ended technical sketching to explore a playful way into our broad, seemingly disparate digital collections—and how we found an authentic use for AI as a part of a larger human-driven experience. We’ll explain how we integrated this experience into our existing digital collections infrastructure to enable easy updating and additional future experiences. Finally, we will reflect on and discuss the future of our initial project—a communal, touch-based experience—in a changed museum landscape.

Speakers
ME

Matt Elliott

Creative Manager, Digital Experience, The Henry Ford
Ellice Engdahl: As Manager of Digital Collections & Content at The Henry Ford, Ellice Engdahl manages ongoing collections digitization work and facilitates the development of ways to showcase and connect digitized collections content in order to tell stories on the web as co-lead... Read More →
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Ellice Engdahl

Digital Collections & Content Manager, The Henry Ford
avatar for Brett Renfer

Brett Renfer

Creative Director, Bluecadet
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Benjamin Bojko

Technology Director, Bluecadet


Wednesday November 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

2:00pm EST

Declaration on Open Access for Cultural Heritage: What are our Guiding Principles for Ethically Practicing Open in GLAM institutions?
Cultural heritage institutions have been doing significant work on digitization for the last twenty years. The results of those efforts are now starting to pay off, with more institutions adopting open access policies to share that digitized heritage with the world. However, as the survey by Douglas McCarthy and Andrea Wallace showed, there is no consensus on what “open” and “open access” means. There are also some fundamental considerations that need to acknowledge the complexities of managing cultural heritage and knowledge. Also, for those institutions that are less well resourced, more guidance is needed on how to take actual steps on enacting open access for cultural heritage.

Creative Commons and other partners decided to step in to support some conversations on how to ethically practice Open Access. For that, we are publishing a research paper on “Critical Open GLAM”, that provides the research-based evidence to serve as a fundamental piece for building a Declaration on Open Access for Cultural Heritage.

In this session, we will review the key topics that we expect to be included in the Declaration, including:
  • The Legal Foundations of Open Access for Cultural Heritage
  • New Areas of Focus for Open Access for Cultural Heritage
  • A Human Rights Perspective for Open GLAM
  • Copyright & Open Licensing
  • Accessibility
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Privacy
  • Ethical considerations for Open Access

In this session, we will walk through the arguments we developed to inform policy makers and advocates that work with or within cultural heritage institutions. We expect that the Declaration will provide an actionable framework to inform policies in an evolving ecosystem, where best practices will change as technologies and communities change.

We will also inform people in this session how to provide comments and feedback, and engage with the Declaration in different ways.

Speakers
avatar for Fiona Romeo

Fiona Romeo

Senior Manager, GLAM & Culture, Wikimedia Foundation
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Scann

CC Open GLAM Platform Lead, Creative Commons
Evelin Heidel (a.k.a. Scann) is a longtime member of Creative Commons, currently leading the Open GLAM initiative (http://openglam.org). She has worked in digital heritage, community digitization and intellectual property for the past ten years. Harvard Fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (2018), International Visiting Scholar at Washington College of Law, American University (2019... Read More →
avatar for Claudio Ruiz

Claudio Ruiz

Director of Ecosystem Strategy, Creative Commons
I'm director of ecosystem strategy at Creative Commons, meaning I'm all interested in to talk about how to expand the open movement outreach, how to be better and more effective at what we do and how to contribute better to more collaborative spaces. I'm also currently an Affiliate... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Wallace

Andrea Wallace

Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter
Andrea Wallace is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. Her research explores legal issues surrounding copyright, cultural institutions and the public domain by examining the impact of digital technologies on the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of cultural... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1

2:00pm EST

MuseWeb Master Class: Virtual Tours

NOTE: capacity is limited to 35 attendees, first-come, first-served. No additional charge is required.

A virtual tour is a form of semi-immersive VR technology that allows you to experience a certain location or virtual content remotely. The concept is to represent a real place in a virtual world that allows you to explore the place as if you are actually there.

While virtual museum tours have been around for a long time with The Frick Collection offering virtual tours as early as 1999, clearly over the past decade, Virtual Reality (VR) has gone mainstream. Technology has advanced rapidly in the last few years and in addition to museums, VR experiences can now be found at theme parks, FECs, retail malls and are now the hot item when selling or renting your house. By the year 2022, the global VR market is estimated to grow to $209.2 billion. This is 7.7 times more than the 2018’s global market (data reference: Techjury.net). When the technology that museums use go mainstream it has both positive and negative impacts: prices go down while technology options go up at the same time the competition from mainstream media companies, including gaming and tourism increases.

Now COVID-19 has pulled most museums, some screaming and crying, on to the virtual reality bandwagon. Many museums were already providing virtual tours through Google Arts & Culture. This online platform has gained even more publicity during the lockdown. But as Museum Hack highlighted in April 2020, “Virtual Museum Tours Were Popular for 4 Days”. So, yes museums are adding VR to their offering but who is in charge and do they know what they are doing? Did anyone check who is the audience and what they are looking for? Are they doing it right and for that matter what is the right way to do it? Are they just throwing something up quick to make it seem like they care and failing and are there better ways to do it? How much should it cost, and should they do it in house or outsource part or all of it?

In this half day workshop, we will take a closer look, a virtual tour of virtual tours so to speak and explore examples from around the sector. We will review how VR allows museums to bring objects, scenes and stories to life making it easier for visitors to understand and put them in context. In addition to these positive benefits, we will review how many tours fail to leverage the technology and often ignore the visitors needs. We will explore what a tour virtual tour is, what could it be about… from physical spaces to intangible content to building museums and hosting events in virtual worlds. We will walk you through a couple of different ways to do it, from outsourcing the whole thing to DIY and from static tours to hybrid VR tours led by a tour guide. You will learn how much it costs and what combinations of equipment and software lets you do what parts of it yourself if you do it in house and what vendors can you outsource it to. We will explore the side benefits of this kind of documentation as well as all the pros and cons.

You will learn:
  • What is virtual reality?
  • What is a virtual tour?
  • How your museum can benefit from using virtual tours
  • How your visitors can benefit from virtual tours
  • Tools, content and processes required to create a virtual tour
  • How to capture 360 panoramic images
  • How to create a virtual tour on your own

This workshop is designed for museum professionals who are interested in both the practical and academic. Whether you own the virtual reality hardware and software and do it all in house or you want to outsource the whole thing and just review and post the final product, this workshop is for you. By the end of this workshop you will no longer need to rely on any experts to help you create a virtual tour. You will be able to create compelling virtual tours on your own, at the least possible expense.

Co-Presenters:
  • Rich Cherry, Founder and Managing Partner, Museum Operations
  • Hiroko Kusano, Managing Partner, Museum Operations
  • David London, Chief Experience Officer, The Peale Center, Baltimore

Speakers
avatar for Rich Cherry

Rich Cherry

Managing Partner, Museum Operations
Rich Cherry is the founder and managing partner at Museum Operations, a museum start-up, operations, technology, and construction management consultancy. Most recently, Rich was the deputy director of The Broad, an award-winning contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles. The... Read More →
avatar for Hiroko Kusano

Hiroko Kusano

Managing Partner, Museum Operations
Hiroko Kusano has more than 20 years in museum and non-profit management. Her diverse experience encompasses operations, curation, fundraising, membership, technology systems, events management, retail operations, marketing and social media, nonprofit and for-profit start-up strategy... Read More →
avatar for David London

David London

Chief Experience Officer, The Peale
I am the Chief Experience Officer at the Peale in Baltimore, MD, based in the oldest museum building in America. I come to this position after 20 years of dual career paths, split between non-profit arts administration, and working in "the show business", traveling the country as... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

2:30pm EST

Putting the Pieces Together: A Study in Digital Content Management

View the pre-recorded presentation
 to prepare for this live Q&A Session

In 2018 the Princeton University Art Museum embarked on a project that leveraged an open-source headless CMS in order to incorporate a backlog of unstructured digital content into the museum’s existing data and publishing architecture. This presentation will discuss the methodology of the project touching on initial planning, decision-making, systems architecture, metadata schema, workflows, and future roadmap.

 Content Types and Examples:
Other:
  • Systems Diagram: https://static.artmuseum.princeton.edu/systems/PUAM_Data_Systems_Architecture_2020.pdf
  • Sandbox CMS: https://puam-mcn-sandbox.herokuapp.com/admin/auth/login [mcn-user:MCN2020]

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Collections Information Specialist, Princeton University Art Museum
Sarah Brown is a Collections Information Specialist at the Princeton University Art Museum. She is a member of the Art Information team where she manages information and digital assets for various purposes including teaching, scholarship and research, and exhibitions.  Sarah is heavily... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Brennan

Daniel Brennan

Museum Application Developer, Princeton University Art Museum
Dan Brennan is the Museum Application Developer at the Princeton University Art Museum, where he manages the museum's technical architecture for collections data and digital assets. Working closely with staff from around the museum as well as the public, his work focuses on the development... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

3:30pm EST

Quick, Nimble, Relevant: Planning Content for the Unplannable (and Staying Sane in the Process)

View the pre-recorded presentation to prepare for this live Q&A Session

When the future seems unplannable, how do museums continue to offer their communities support, storytelling, and meaningful experiences? And how can overtaxed staff integrate these plans into under-budgeted workflows without losing their minds? COVID-19 has created not only immediate crises for museums, but has also introduced profound unpredictability. Exhibition and operational plans must now must accommodate wildly varying future scenarios - additional shutdowns or relaxed restrictions, recovery of staffing or further reductions, and shifting budget projections.

This session will offer practical strategies for integrating the creation of compelling, flexible digital products into activities that museums are already doing. Learn about nimble and lightweight strategies for mining ongoing activity to create digital products that can be used in a wide variety of scenarios – from on-site display while facilities are open, offering virtual exhibition experiences during a shutdown, or promotional during reopening. The future of museums is quick, nimble, and relevant – learn how institutions of all sizes and technical capacity can take part.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Tobias

Jen Tobias

Assoc. Director of Exhibitions/Art Collections, Denver Botanic Gardens
Jen Tobias is the Associate Director of Exhibitions and Art Collections and Associate Curator of Art at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she works to combine art, science and creative technologies for meaningful and unexpected experiences. Tobias holds an MA with Distinction in Museum... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Live Q&A for pre-recorded session

6:00pm EST

Speed Networking #6 - Sponsored by zetcom

Join facilitators Don Youngberg and Eric Longo to meet other MCN attendees with some speed networking!

  • Each session consists of a series of breakout rooms with several participants. 
  • Tell us where you're from, what you're curious about, and more—just be quick!
  • Every session lasts only 30 minutes and accommodates up to 80 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required.

Brought to you by zetcom

Speakers
avatar for Don Youngberg

Don Youngberg

Non-Profit Executive
MCN Board Member and Community Enthusiast
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.



Wednesday November 18, 2020 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Social Events
 
Thursday, November 19
 

10:00am EST

GEED focus: Camera Based engagement and real-time multilingual content creation / distribution on WebApps
GEED is a Creation and Distribution platform for WebApp scenarios in cultural institutions. It includes a web based BackOffice integrating dedicated tools to create multilingual and accessible Exhibitions tours, including Assisted translation, HQ text-to-speech generation, Camera based artworks recognition, etc. During this session we will provide live demo of GEED BackOffice and present a case-study at Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia.

Speakers
avatar for Loic Thirion-Lopez

Loic Thirion-Lopez

CMO/CPO, LIVDEO

Sponsors
avatar for Ciprian Melian

Ciprian Melian

CEO, LIVDEO
Livdeo is a MuseWeb GLAMi Award winning company that provides inclusive and hassle-free digital solutions for cultural institutions through a unique platform, GEED.GEED includes easy-to-use cloud based scenarios creation tools for museum teams with instant visit WebApps on-site deploymen... Read More →



Thursday November 19, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Sponsors channels

11:00am EST

Digital Platforms Are Not Neutral. A Roundtable about the Responsibility of Institutions when Selecting Digital Platforms.
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced people to work remotely, Zoom took the world by storm in spite of known privacy and security concerns. Users embraced digital platforms, tacitly consenting to give away personal data for convenience and a free service. As our institutions navigate their engagements with tech companies, are we exposing our visitors to risk? What responsibility do we have as museums' technologists in using platforms ethically?

Speakers
avatar for Eric Longo

Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.
avatar for Marty Spellerberg

Marty Spellerberg

Principal, Spellerberg Associates
Research, design and development for artists, museums, cultural institutions. Director of Spellerberg Projects, an art space in Lockhart TX.
avatar for Matt Popke

Matt Popke

Developer, Denver Art Museum
Matt is the developer at the Denver Art Museum. Web sites, systems integration, business intelligence and analytics systems.
avatar for nikhil trivedi

nikhil trivedi

Director of Engineering, Art Institute of Chicago
nikhil trivedi is an application developer at a museums in Chicago where he builds software connected to collections, including internal workflow system, interactives, websites and infrastructure to share data. He's also a regular contributor for The Incluseum, and co-created Visitors... Read More →
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Sarah Wambold

Executive Producer, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sarah Wambold is an executive producer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her diverse portfolio of projects includes websites, documentary-style videos, digital publications, user-experience research, an augmented reality application, and an award-winning podcast. She has worked for... Read More →
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Dana Allen-Greil

Director of Digital Strategy, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dana Allen-Greil is Director of Digital Strategy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dana has led web and social media efforts at the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Ogilvy Public Relations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the Kaiser Family Foundation... Read More →


Thursday November 19, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Live stream channel 1

11:00am EST

The Show Must Go On: Lessons From Theatre to #musetech in a COVID-19 World
There is a significant number of individuals in the #musetech community, and in the museum sector broadly, who come from a background in theatre. The processes of theatre tend to be very attractive to #musetech professionals, particularly in the areas of social media, content management, in-gallery interactives, UX design, extended reality, and more. What is involved in the authenticity of theatrical experiences that hold lessons for planning in #musetech? Why do museum professionals prefer in some cases to hire those with a theatre background for museum work? How does the exchange of energy in theatre that also occurs in museums provide for virtual engagement in a COVID-19 world?
You direct the conversation! This diverse panel of museum and historic site professionals with backgrounds in theatre will engage in a "Whose session is this, anyway?" style of rapid fire improvisational riffing based on attendee selection of themes.

Speakers
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Richard Josey

President, Collective Journeys LLC
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Sarah Pharaon

Principal, Dialogic Consulting Inc
Sarah first appeared with the Patton Mini Players as Heidi on a northeast Pennsylvania-wide tour of nursing homes. Braids and all. She continues to act regularly, most recently in a NJ production of The Humans. Through Dialogic, Sarah uses her years of theatre experience in making... Read More →
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Brad Dunn

Web and Digital Engagement Director, The Field Museum
As the Web and Digital Engagement Director, Brad focuses on building a forward-thinking digital ecosystem to engage the Museum's audiences. He leads his team's efforts in content, design, and technology, across the web, social media, the Message Máximo chatbot, and other digital... Read More →
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Alli Hartley-Kong

Digital Content Strategist, 1909 Digital
Alli Hartley-Kong has worked in museums for the past seven years, but has been involved in theatre since she was five years old when she was dragged onstage for the first time as part of a community theatre production her family was involved in. Today, she is a playwright whose work... Read More →
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Max Evjen

Acadmic Specialist, Michigan State University
Max Evjen works at Michigan State University as Faculty in the Department of Theatre, where he teaches Site-Specific Performance and is core faculty in Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies, where he teaches Introduction to Arts & Cultural Management and Learning in Museums... Read More →


Thursday November 19, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Live stream channel 2

11:00am EST

Big Questions for Museums and X Realities: A Virtual Town Hall
The speakers are joined by moderators: Paige Dansiger, Emily Kotecki, Felicia Ingram, Tina Shah, Barry Joseph, Michael Haley Goldman, and Andrea Monteil du Shuman

In the last decade, more and more museums have created experiences employing Virtual, Augmented, and other realities (abbreviated here as XR). Though we have learned a lot through these projects, they have raised just as many important questions for the field. Several important areas for research have emerged including (but not limited to) questions of ethics, equity and access, educational impact, and financial sustainability.

This town-hall style conversation does not seek to answer these questions but to better define the most important issues as virtual technologies in museums become more mature. Facilitated by a team of professionals with a wide range of experience developing and researching XR in museums, the session seeks to harness the expertise of everyone present to define a shared research agenda for the next stage of our collective work.

This miniature summit on XR in museums will use a variety of techniques to include the ideas and questions from everyone present - including small break out discussions, round-robin responses, and collective documentation of the summits ideas. The results will help not only clarify the issues for practitioners developing museum XR, it will also point the way to collectively addressing these issues.

Speakers
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Michael Haley Goldman

director of future projects, USHMM
Michael Haley Goldman is Director of the Future Projects at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Future Projects is a small innovation team designed to research, prototype, and explore emerging technologies that transform Holocaust memorialization and education. Mr. Haley... Read More →
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Robin White Owen

President, MediaCombo
Robin White Owen is a Principal and Creative Producer at MediaCombo, a digital media studio she founded with her husband, MichaelOwen, in 2004 in New York. They've just completed Tracing Paint, a fully immersive 3D Virtual Reality experience of Jackson Pollock’s and Lee Krasner’s... Read More →
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Camille Tewell

Manager of Digital Learning, North Carolina Museum of Art
As Manager of Digital Learning at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Camille Tewell oversees virtual field trips, K-12 VR initiatives, online courses for students, and digital assets on the museum’s educational website, NCMALearn. Camille received her Bachelor of Science in biology... Read More →


Thursday November 19, 2020 11:00am - 1:30pm EST
Open video conference and chat

11:30am EST

Open GLAM for Critical Open Educational Resources: Free Knowledge Pedagogy Via Intercultural Co-Curation

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the US and globally, people have moved even more online. Students and educators—from K-12 to graduate school—followed suit. Meanwhile, galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) shut their doors and tried to amplify virtual offerings to a public seeking entertainment as well as education from home. There is a lot of demand—and a lot of supply—in GLAM-related online educational resources (OER), as compiled by MCN and others. What works best, what is needed, and what will outlive lock-down? These are some of the questions that drive us into the future.

This workshop dives into how GLAM OER can collaborate with disciplines and fields across and beyond academia—from museum studies to geography, digital humanities to international relations, postcolonialism to decolonial epistemology. University faculty, students, and self-educating learners are seeking international arts and culture content that is free from colonial legacies, free from copyright, and free from cost. What role does open GLAM have in these pedagogical needs? What would interactive, engaging platforms look like that fostered intercultural dialogue and co-curation of Creative Commons and public domain arts and cultural content? What curricula are needed to help contextualize this content, and extricate it from Eurocentric taxonomies and appropriative metadata?

Deep Dive sign-ups open Wednesday, September 9. Space is limited and advance registration is required—so mark your calendars! Once sessions are filled, there will be a waitlist and MCN will notify attendees as spots become available.

Hello good people~! SO excited to share virtual space with you all Thursday morning and to learn from each other~! We have a *great* line-up of engaged, critical, smart, creative, generous thought-leaders joining us:
Featuring Adjoa Jones de Almeida Director of Education at Brooklyn Museum 
& Prof Namita Wiggers of Warren Wilson College & Critical Craft Forum 
& Virginia Poundstone, artist and digital curator
& scann Evelin Heidel, of OpenGLAM, tech feminist
& Curationist graduate fellows:

Francisca Rudolph
Magali Delgado
Andres de los Ríos
Jing Cui


Speakers
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garrett graddy-lovelace

Educational Advisor (Anticolonial OER), MHz Foundation
As Associate Professor at American University's School of International Service in Washington DC, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches agricultural, environmental, food, seed, land, and data policy from the perspectives of critical geography, feminist political ecology... Read More →


Thursday November 19, 2020 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Deep Dive/Workshop Channel (limited space)

12:30pm EST

Art and Science Across North America: Engaging Communities During Times of Crisis Through Collaboration
Learn how cultural organizations in Canada and the United States have been engaging communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Field Trip: Art Across Canada is an online platform that delivers arts experiences with some of Canada’s most celebrated artists in a national partnership with 60 leading arts organizations. Created in response to COVID-19, Field Trip provides a collaborative model for museums to engage communities through online arts activities, reach diverse audiences and support artists during times of crisis. The D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a long running public program series of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. that has transformed into a monthly online forum during the pandemic to engage a broader global community of people interested in intersections of science and art. DASER features short presentations by a mix of artists and scientists, highlighting the work happening between disciplines, with the goal of fostering new connections and collaborations.

Speakers
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Ingrid Forster

Communications and Digital Media Lead, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Ingrid Forster is the Communications and Digital Media Lead for The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario. The RMG is the largest public art gallery in Durham Region, exhibiting both modern and contemporary Canadian art. Ingrid holds a B.F.A. in Art Education (Visual Arts... Read More →
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Ryan Doherty

Curator, Contemporary Calgary
Ryan Doherty is a curator, writer and administrator who joined the staff of Contemporary Calgary as Chief Curator in 2019. He received his MA from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York (2007) and his undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge (1997... Read More →
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Danuta Sierhuis

Digital Development Coordinator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Danuta Sierhuis is the Digital Development Coordinator at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University. She is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and evaluation of digital programs. Most recently, she was project lead for a refreshed website design... Read More →
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Alana Quinn

Senior Program Associate, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences
Alana Quinn is the Senior Program Associate, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. In her role at the NAS, she organizes exhibitions and public programs exploring intersections of art, science, and culture. She has co-organized the popular monthly D.C... Read More →


Thursday November 19, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1
  Presentation Panel
  • Chatham House Rules Yes

12:30pm EST

New Horizons: A Critical Examination of Animal Crossing for Cultural Heritage Institutions
This session critically examines how the game's impact on museum digital engagement internally and the public's understanding of what museums are or could be. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a digital opportunity and cultural phenomenon particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We seek to interrogate the ways museums have leveraged this game and the cultural moment around it.

Speakers
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Jeremy Munro

Database Administrator, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
I am a digital professional interested in the intersection of emerging digital technologies and the rising desire of increased social justice and equity in the cultural heritage field. I also run the popular, "Museum Meme Union, Local 420-69" twitter account.
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Sam Theriault

Membership & Marketing Manager, Museum Education Roundtable, Independent Museum Professional & Self-Advocate
I live in my hometown in New Hampshire after spending 8+ years in Washington, D.C., where I studied History and American Studies at American University (2015), and attended George Washington University's Museum Education Program (2016).  I’ve worked in museum education, evaluation... Read More →
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Caroline Culbert

Director of Communication and Engagement, Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
I'm a digital resources specialist with a background in information science. Although my job role has evolved into a communications and engagement position, I am interested in the intersection of data and knowledge and how we as museum professionals can use emerging technologies to... Read More →
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Rene Alberto Garcia Cepeda

PhD Student / Lecturer, Universtiy of Sunderland / UNARTE
PhD Student at University of Sunderland, currently researching curation and display of interactive new media art in institutional contexts. My research interests include new media art, interaction, fluxus, exhibition design and socially engaged art.


Thursday November 19, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Live stream channel 2

2:00pm EST

Closing Remarks
Stay to hear Mitch Sava (MCN incoming President for 2021), Yvonne Lee (incoming VP/President-Elect) and Eric Longo conclude MCN 2020 VIRTUAL and share some exciting announcements.

Speakers
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Mitchell Sava

VP of Innovation, Learning, and Engagement, Museum of Life and Science
Mitch Sava is the Vice President of Innovation, Learning, and Engagement at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, where he has been since 2016. In this role, he helps drive the development of new services and partnerships - on and offline - for the museum to reach new audiences... Read More →
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Yvonne Lee (she/her)

Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Yvonne Lee oversees stewardship of the art administration systems and their data at LACMA and provides strategic solutions for pluralistic user needs. Before joining the museum, Yvonne served as Research and Data Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (now Department of... Read More →
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Eric Longo

Executive Director, MCN
Eric Longo is MCN's Executive Director. Trained as a lawyer, Eric held various roles in media, publishing, and advertising before joining the museum sector in 2001. He's taught at Johns Hopkins, Fordham and NYU. He lives in Catskill, NY.


Thursday November 19, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Live stream channel 1
 
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