Ilene Slavick

Ilene Slavick is a Senior Account Executive for Lucidea, a company that offers comprehensive knowledge-management solutions. She works primarily with museums and archives, learning about their automation needs and plans and helping them understand what Lucidea can provide them. She loves music and theater and can talk at length about shows that are in production in Los Angeles.
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Find and Leverage Your Innovation Edge

Posted by Ilene Slavick on 11/25/2016

Originally posted 1/15/2015

I left this year’s American Alliance of Museums (AAM) conference with its theme, “Innovation Edge,” rumbling through my brain. My old Webster’s Dictionary defines innovation as:

1) the introduction of something new
2) a new idea, method, or device: novelty

My own definition is simpler: a new or better way of reaching a goal.

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Topics: Collections Management

Museums and Innovation

Posted by Ilene Slavick on 12/24/2015

My old Webster’s Dictionary defines innovation as:
1)  the introduction of something new
2)  a new idea, method, or device: novelty

My own definition is simpler: a new or better way of reaching a goal.

When I think of innovation in a museum context, I think about the new and exciting ways that museums are reaching out to the community. Certainly the traditional still works: public programs continue to inspire repeat visits to the museum, and the work that museum educators do with schools continues to make new museum visitors out of children who, without these programs, may never be taken to a museum.

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Topics: Collections Management, Museums

Stay Local While Going Global; See How Kalamazoo Valley Museum Does It

Posted by Ilene Slavick on 1/15/2015

Originally posted 10/27/2014 on Argus.net blogger

People love to uncover “hidden gems” and in the past, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum definitely fell into that category…it was “hidden.” Historically a hands-on family friendly place focused on educating and entertaining the local community, KVM’s new strategy includes showcasing their collection to virtual visitors around the world. Museums are knowledge repositories, and knowledge is most powerful when it’s shared. Aware of this, the founder of the Smithsonian Institution, James Smithson, stated he wanted to establish an institution "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” and today’s visionary museum leaders who continue in his footsteps are recognizing that technology is the key to that diffusion.

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Topics: Collections Management

Content Found in Collection Related Documents: Making Full Use of It

Posted by Ilene Slavick on 1/15/2015

Originally posted on Argus.net blogger 3/13/2014

The role of collections management software has changed over the years. Originally, registrars used software to describe objects and collections. As software feature sets became more robust, and as other staff members began to use them, the role of collections management solutions changed, too. The products that are in use today continue to support the museum’s descriptive needs, and they also offer documentation capabilities that save time and resources with regard to the collections and the processes that are vital to maintaining them. All good! But what are museums doing with other critical content: the detailed conservation reports, the correspondence from donors, the documents related to provenance, and other vital documents that relate to the collection and museum operations as a whole?

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Topics: Collections Management

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