I know it has been a long while since I’ve posted anything on this site, but I’ve been dealing with a lot of life stuff (moving, transitioning into a new job, etc) and I’ve also been struggling with what I want this blog to be. I am still struggling with that, but I hope to start making consistent content again in the near future.
All the housekeeping aside though, I have exciting news! I was chosen as a volunteer for this year’s MCN conference in New Orleans! This is my first time attending the conference, and I’m super-excited!
For those unaware, MCN (Museum Computer Network) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping museums and other cultural organizations navigate the complex and ever-changing digital world.
This moves beyond “this is how to use twitter and wordpress to market your institution,” by the way. Rather, the goal is to help museums adjust to the digital world on a more basic institutional level. Things like how to adapt and adopt policies for the digital age. It’s one thing to get the newest digital collections interface for your collection, but another entirely to figure out which one works specifically for your needs. similarly with evaluation and marketing – how best can you reach your audience? And how can you best reach rhose who aren’t traditional members of your audience?
Our world is getting ever-more complex. Just twenty years ago, mobile phones were huge, bulky, and cost thousands of dollars, and the internet barely existed outside of the military and university systems. Now, ‘smartphones’ with more computing power than we sent humans to the moon with are nigh-ubiquitous, and the internet has evolved into a tremendous platform for independent knowledge generation and sharing. Google now exists as the prime information-checking source, replacinf encyclopedias and dictionaries. All of this change is an extreme amount of development for that short of an amount of time, and there is no sign of digital development slowing down any time soon. This is why MCN is so important, and I couldn’t be more honoured to attend.