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

KM Secret: Improve Findability Part Two

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 11/1/2018

There are many ways to build a positive reputation for knowledge management within your organization. Making content easier to find is a big win. Last week I focused on user interface elements and channels, and introduced the idea of curated content and answers. Please read on for more about the content itself and how it can be organized for better findability.

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Topics: KM, Knowledge Management, 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

On-Site or Off-Site Storage - Part 5: A History of this Long-term Solution

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 10/30/2018

Off-site and remote storage facilities are not new. They were developed in the 1930s and continue to be important for preservation and long-term retention of materials. They provide a long-term solution for paper and microfilm records, sound and video recordings, and now data.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Archives, Strategy, Digital Archives

KM Secret: Improve Findability Part One

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 10/25/2018

There are many ways to build a positive reputation for knowledge management within your organization. One big and very popular user-focused improvement is to make content easier to find. To do so, provide content in multiple ways and through multiple channels. Read on for some specific suggestions.

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Topics: KM, Knowledge Management, 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

Integrating Digital Preservation into Your Archives Program

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Posted by Margot Note on 10/22/2018

The challenge that many archival repositories face is assimilating digital preservation activities into everyday workflows. In my past positions, preservation of digital assets was an afterthought—if thought about at all. As a consultant, I’ve found that planning for long-term digital preservation is still unclear in most digital initiatives. Awareness about digital preservation is growing, though work and education are still needed.

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Topics: Archives, Digital Archives, Strategy

Successful KM Programs Require User Input

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 10/18/2018

As you develop your knowledge management strategy, it’s important to get user input in order to determine which needs to address. Conduct surveys to identify challenges and needs, identify opportunities, and request suggestions.

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Topics: KM, Knowledge Management, Strategy

Migrating to a New ILS/LMS Doesn’t Have to Hurt

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Posted by Phil Wensley on 10/16/2018

No matter how much you loved your library system when you first got it, given that the role of librarians keeps widening in scope (as more and more people realise the value of their librarians), and given the speed of technology developments, there comes a point when changing your ILS/LMS can be worth the effort.

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Topics: ILS, Strategy

Nuts & Bolts of Scope Statements for Archival Projects

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Posted by Margot Note on 10/15/2018

A clear understanding of the scope is the basis on which successful archival projects are built. Without it, archivists will struggle to deliver a project well.

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Topics: Archives, Strategy, Professional Development

Working Out Loud: Benefits for KM

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Posted by Stan Garfield on 10/11/2018

There are many ways to nurture an organizational knowledge-sharing culture, including embracing “Working Out Loud”. Bryce Williams defines Working Out Loud (WOL) as Observable Work (creating, modifying, and storing your work in places where others can see it, follow it, and contribute to it in process) + Narrating Your Work (writing about what you are doing in an open way for those interested to find and follow).

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Topics: Knowledge Management, KM, Strategy

On-Site or Off-Site Storage – Part 4: Inclusion in Security and Disaster Prevention and Planning

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 10/9/2018

“Out of Sight” should not mean “Out of Mind.” The worst happens when we least expect it. While it’s great that library items are stored in safe locations, it’s essential that these facilities be included in security, risk management, and disaster response plans.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Strategy, Professional Development

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