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

Life’s Work: Archivists Preserve, Protect and Reveal National Treasures

Posted by Lucidea on 10/23/2015

People who choose careers as archivists have an abiding commitment to identifying, collecting, preserving and making accessible information and records of enduring value. Paper, film and electronic records deemed to be of interest for an extended period should be shared with the world, not simply collected.

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Topics: Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archival careers

Museums and Mobile – a Huge Opportunity for Digital Visitor Service

Posted by Lucidea on 8/20/2015

 

Mobile devices represent a significant opportunity for visitor engagement – before, after and during visits. In a major survey done in 2012-2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London discovered that almost two thirds of their visitors own a smartphone and bring it with them to the museum, and the majority of survey respondents said they use their phones to “enhance their cultural visits.”

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Topics: Collections Management

Support System: Behind the Scenes at Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Posted by Lucidea on 5/1/2015

Many museums rely on interns and volunteers for data entry, cataloguing and as docents. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming is no different. With a campus that houses five museums and a research library, managing the collection of western objects, papers and research materials, photographs and art is a tall order, and requires a team of well-trained people supported by excellent tools.

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Topics: Collections Management

Curation Power: Give it All You've Got, Just Like the CU Art Museum

Posted by Lucidea on 3/16/2015

There is always a wealth of information related to any single artifact in a museum or archive collection, and curators know that providing supporting materials to researchers, authors, students and faculty is critical to expanding knowledge. The Colorado University Art Museum is leveraging technology to share important resources relating to single objects and to structure collections of related artifacts to enrich the museum visitor’s experience, whether in person or virtual.

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Topics: Collections Management

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

Barcodes and your Collection

Posted by Benitta MacLachlan on 1/15/2015

Originally posted on Argus.net blogger 9/5/2014

Just recently the ubiquitous barcode turned 40. Yes, amazingly it has been 40 years since retailers started scanning products at the grocery store till. At this point you might be asking: “How does this relate to museums?”

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Topics: Collections Management

Faceted Searching is Just Better!

Posted by Lucidea on 1/15/2015

Originally posted 8/27/2014 on Imagic's blog
Faceted searching is becoming a standard for special libraries that want to help end users find relevant content quickly and easily. Not all library automation systems today offer faceted searching. If they do, it’s definitely a competitive advantage.  

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management

How to Avoid Empty Portal Syndrome

Posted by Marcus Liban on 1/15/2015

Originally posted on Inmagic blog 7/30/2014

The majority of firms that approach us are struggling with low intranet /portal user adoption. There are many factors that contribute to this problem, but “empty portal syndrome” can be overcome if administrators stay focused on some key success factors.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management

Inventory Control for Museums via Mobile Technology

Posted by Benitta MacLachlan on 1/15/2015

Originally posted on the Argus.net blogger 5/11/2014

As with all museums, your Collections Management Policy will stipulate (and provide guidelines for) regular inventories of your collection, whether they are annual 100% inventories of your entire collection or more frequent random samplings. The introduction of collection management software over the years has made the maintenance and retrieval of inventory information much easier.

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Topics: Collections Management

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