How to Conference on a Museum Budget

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 11/7/2018

Attending museum conferences is an important facet of healthy museum operations. Museum professionals need to attend conferences in order to stay abreast of current and forecasted museum issues, learn and gather fresh ideas to bring back to the museum, and network with colleagues to build critical inter-museum partnerships.

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Topics: Museums, Professional Development, Strategy

Ready to Read: A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 10/31/2018

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, A Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing, is now available. Published by Lucidea Press, it will show you how to develop a successful approach to grant writing that increases your chance of grant acquisition success.

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Topics: Museums, Funding, Strategy

Relevance & The Museum’s Role in Social Wellbeing

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 10/24/2018

To those who love and work in institutions that promote art, history, and culture, the relevance of those institutions seems quite obvious. So too, does the positive impact a museum and library can have on an individual. Yet, seemingly every year there’s a flurry of talks and articles that ask “Are Museums and Libraries Still Relevant?”

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Professional Development

Museums: Actions for Integrating Empathy

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 10/17/2018

Last week we explored the topic of museums as cultivators of empathy. Empathy was selected as a trend by the Center for the Future of Museum’s TrendWatch 2017, and last week’s post reviewed how museums are beginning to grapple with empathy as a part of their identity. This post follows up on the topic with resources and a list of actions suggesting how museums can encourage an identity of empathy.

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Topics: Museums, Professional Development

Museums: Cultivators of Empathy

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 10/10/2018

Political and social justice awareness across the United States, England, and Canada has increased markedly since the 2016 US elections. The exploration of empathy (its presence and deficit) has grown with that awareness and many articles, conferences, and workshops have begun to explore empathy within personal and professional spheres. Specifically, museums as cultivators of empathy is a topic that has steadily garnered attention and discussion, and shows no signs of slowing down.

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Topics: Museums, Professional Development

Making Museums Accessible

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 10/3/2018

During the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and 1970s a cultural and legislative transformation occurred that began the effort to protect minorities and persons with disabilities against discrimination, and advocate for their equal right to participate in all aspects of life. There is still much to be done in both the United States and Canada, and the museum world is not exempt from this work.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management, Strategy

The Decay of Museums Leads to Irreparable Loss

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 9/26/2018

Photo by Felipe Milane

On September 2, 2018 the Museu Nacional (Brazil’s National Museum) experienced a terrible fire that led to an estimated loss of more than 20 million specimens and artifacts – approximately 90% of its collection.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management, Strategy

The Value of Cultural Heritage Experiences in the Museum

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 9/19/2018

As museums have evolved, so have their exhibits. We’ve seen displays go from wax model recreations of Neanderthals, miniaturized versions of places, touch and play set ups to interactive digital panels, integrated multi-media, and even augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) set ups that enhance the exhibit experience.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Collections Management

3D Digitization in the Museum – Part 2:  LIDAR

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 9/12/2018

Last week we introduced the topic of 3D digitization in museums. The post investigated 3D digitization adoption and explored one of the two main methods: photogrammetry. This post will evaluate the second method—LIDAR scanning—and will conclude with recommendations for museums to consider when choosing a 3D digitization method.

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Topics: Museums, Technology

3D Digitization in the Museum – Part 1: Photogrammetry

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 9/5/2018

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With increased availability of affordable virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, it may seem like 3D digitization of environments, objects, and structures is fairly new. For museums, experimenting with 3D digitization began in the early 2000s and is now becoming commonplace within a museum’s digitization lab.

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Topics: Museums, Technology

Who Owns Digital Culture? An Important Question Museums Must Consider

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/29/2018

The ability to digitize and publish collections online through a collections management system has helped reinvent how museums present their holdings. In the beginning, there was resistance to publishing digital images of collection objects online. This was due to a (now proven false) concern that people would no longer visit the museum if they could view collections online.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management, Strategy

The End of Net Neutrality & The Museum Digital Visitor

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/22/2018

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially ended net neutrality and internet service providers (ISPs) are no longer regulated in their provision of internet usage. The end of net neutrality has many profound implications, and when you consider what it might mean for museums and other cultural institutions, the repercussions can be catastrophic.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy

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