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

On-Site or Off-Site Storage – Part 3: Preservation and Access

4 minute read
Posted by Miriam Kahn on 9/18/2018

Off-site and remote storage facilities can serve as havens for items that have long-term preservation needs. One of the triggers for moving materials to off-site and remote storage facilities is an increased need for preservation. Items that are fragile, damaged, or need long-term storage in a stable environment may be candidates for transfer to off-site storage facilities.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

Developing Goals and Objectives for Archival Projects

3 minute read
Posted by Margot Note on 9/17/2018

Goals and objectives are instrumental in strategic planning for archives because they turn the project’s vision into measurable targets. Goals are the ends towards which a project is directed; objectives are more detailed than goals and explain how goals will be accomplished. With both in hand, archivists build and support the vision for what they wish to achieve with their projects.

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Topics: Professional Development, Strategy, Digital Archives, Archives

On-site or Off-site Storage – Part 2: Making Decisions

4 minute read
Posted by Miriam Kahn on 9/11/2018

Storing records, collections, and objects in off-site and remote storage facilities limits access to original materials. Decisions about storage affect how your staff and clientele work and their ability to access information in a timely manner. The best storage solutions minimize disruption of service and frustration.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

Identifying Worthwhile Archival Projects

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Posted by Margot Note on 9/10/2018

The most vital aspect of managing a successful archival project is identifying the right problem to be solved. In the cultural heritage sector, too many excellent exciting projects exist, but limited resources hamper seeing them to fruition. Archivists should prioritize projects that add value to the organization.

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Topics: Professional Development, Strategy, Archives

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, Strategy, Collections Management

On-site or Off-site Storage – Part 1: Implications of Storing Materials Off-site

6 minute read
Posted by Miriam Kahn on 8/28/2018

Our esteemed guest blogger, Miriam Kahn, has used municipal and county courthouses and record centers to compile legal, real estate and genealogical information for 20 years. She experienced the shift from print to digital, from photocopies to microfilm to digital, and from paper deliverables to digital delivery—and is very familiar with issues surrounding long-term storage of paper, audiovisual, and digital materials. We asked Miriam to bring her years of insight as an information professional and free-lance researcher to a blog series on the merits and challenges of off-site and remote storage.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

The End of Net Neutrality & The Museum Digital Visitor

3 minute read
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

The Future of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR & VR) in Museums

3 minute read
Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/15/2018

It is undeniable that technology has a growing presence within the museum sphere. At first, audio-visual technology was harnessed by the museum to augment the museum’s exhibits and provide an enhanced user experience. However, with the universality of everyone owning a smartphone, the museum has seen an increasing rate of technology encroachment, and not of their own making.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Technology

Community and Asset Mapping for Special Librarians

5 minute read
Posted by Stephen Abram on 8/14/2018
Community and Asset Mapping for Special Librarians

Community Asset Mapping is a great tool for looking at your potential partnerships, markets, audiences, and more. While it is widely used in the public sector—public libraries, healthcare, social services, urban planning, etc.—it promises to be a potentially very strong tool for special librarians to ‘map’ their internal and external communities.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries, Strategy

Working Your Museum’s Problems to Find Solutions

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/8/2018

Museums know they need money, but they’re often so overwhelmed they can’t put ideas on paper. While it may seem counter-intuitive to focus on your problems, this is exactly what I recommend to museums.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Funding

Museum Project Break Down—A Template

4 minute read
Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 7/25/2018

Whether you’re undertaking a grant-funded project or a project being done in-house, project management principles should be applied. Most museums and other historical organizations don’t have a project manager on staff, and the idea of project management can seem overwhelming.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Project Management

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