Timeless Collections Management—Argus for Now, Argus for the Future

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Posted by Lucidea on 5/2/2018

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada; it is an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia and one of the premier arts institutions in Canada. The Gallery is a gateway for the visual arts in Atlantic Canada and is responsible for acquiring, preserving and exhibiting works of art, and for providing education in the visual arts. They manage their collections with Argus.

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Topics: Museums, Success Story, Collections Management Software

Copyright Fundamentals for Cultural Heritage Institutions

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Posted by Margot Note on 4/23/2018

Rights management has significant implications for archival collections. If you have documents or images in your possession, you might believe you own the rights to them. However, even though you may physically have the items, the creator of the documents retains the legal copyright, sometimes for much longer than you would assume.

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Topics: Collections Management Software, Digital Archives, Archives

Museums and Millennials – The Art of Engagement

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/12/2017

In his Adweek article, Millennials are Discovering Art by Ditching Museums for Instagram and Pinterest, Robert Klara asserts that “social media has nudged museums aside as the primary venue by which American consumers discover works of art.” Don’t let your museum be nudged aside!

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Topics: Museums, Social Media, Collections Management Software, Museum Collections Management Software

The True Cost of Open Source—There is Nothing Cheap about Free

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/1/2017

Open source software (OSS) is the technology world’s response to consumers who are price sensitive, but as with many things, it’s important to do your homework before making a commitment. Read on for some thought provoking suggestions on how to evaluate the best ILS or KM software for your organization. Maybe it’s open source, maybe it isn’t.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Collections Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems

What Could You have in Common with The Metropolitan Museum of Art?

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Posted by Lucidea on 1/25/2017

Photo: David Ohmer

Many of our Argus clients are feeling inspired by the achievements of Thomas P. Campbell, director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who among many things, is an advocate for digitizing museum content and publishing online exhibits.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management Software, Museum Collections Management Software, Argus

Becoming Even More Relevant to your Target Audience: Webinar Reprise

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Posted by Lucidea on 1/20/2017
Due to popular demand, we are reprising a webinar presented by museum evangelist and strategist Nina Simon, where she drew upon research for her book, The Art of Relevance, and offered substantive, creative, and inspiring advice on how to increase your organization’s relevance to communities you hope to engage. Join us on February 2nd and see how Nina’s advice applies whether you work in a library, a museum, a theater, a park, an academic institution or a corporation.
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Topics: Museums, Collections Management Software, Museum Collections Management Software, Strategy

Relevance and its Rewards — For Museum, Library and KM Professionals Interested in Mattering More, to More People

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Posted by Lucidea on 1/6/2017

We recently offered a webinar presented by museum evangelist and strategist Nina Simon, where she drew upon research for her book, The Art of Relevance, and offered substantive, creative, inspiring and practical advice on how to increase your organization’s relevance to the communities you hope to engage. Interestingly, in Nina’s role as speaker, she offers advice that applies whether you work in a library, a museum, a theater, a park, an academic institution or a corporation. It’s all relevant.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Museums, Collections Management Software, Strategy

Find and Leverage Your Innovation Edge

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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 Software

Google’s Mobile-First Indexing Strategy is Critical to Your Organization’s Web Presence

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/10/2016

Does your organization’s mobile website lack the punch of your desktop version?

“Today, most people are searching on Google using a mobile device. However, our ranking systems still typically look at the desktop version of a page’s content to evaluate its relevance to the user. This can cause issues when the mobile page has less content than the desktop page because our algorithms are not evaluating the actual page that is seen by a mobile searcher.”
Google Webmaster Central Blog, Mobile-first Indexing, November 4th, 2016

As part of its new mobile-first strategy, Google will give preferential search rankings to “mobile-friendly" sites (sites optimized for mobile devices). This change will have a significant impact on search results.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Collections Management Software, Strategy, Archives

How to Become More Relevant to your Target Audience and Reap the Rewards

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Posted by Lucidea on 11/2/2016

We will be offering a free webinar on November 15th that promises a substantive and thoughtful discussion full of creative, inspiring and practical advice on how to increase your organization’s relevance to the communities you hope to engage.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management Software, Strategy

Open Source—Pretty Simple or Simply Pretty?

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Posted by Phil Green on 8/19/2016

This is the third in a series of posts on IT and the information Professional. When I chat with information professionals and IT managers about open source software, they often talk about two key concepts:

  • It’s free
  • Bug fixes and enhancements come from the community

While both of these statements are true, they fail to paint the whole picture and hide some pretty ugly truths.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems, Museum Collections Management Software, Strategy, Archives

The IT Totem Pole and the Information Professional

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Posted by Phil Green on 8/9/2016

I talk to lots of information professionals about IT. Some have great relationships with IT, others not so great. But if you’re leveraging technology to build and maintain your collection and information/knowledge systems—and who isn’t?—then just like death and taxes, it’s inevitable that you’ll be working with IT.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Collections Management Software, Strategy

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