Museums, Cubed Last month, Nate Rudy shared his hope that museums would pop up more often in storefronts to help revitalize small towns. This week, guest blogger Leslie Davol, pushes us to go even further, based on her experience creating distributed cultural experiences via the Street Lab and Uni Projects. The future of museums can include public space, even outdoor public space. Research: Social Media Audiences and the Museum The following research was conducted on behalf of MuseumNext and Sumo in April 2011 by an independent market research company with a sample of 500 UK residents. This survey aims to provide some context for museums looking to use social media. Please note: Please credit MuseumNext should you wish to reproduce this survey.
Web Content and Copyright Laws « ipl2 – news and information The Web is NOT Public Domain Greetings from the ipl2’s weekly blog where we try to keep you informed of interesting current events in the news. Undoubtedly, you have heard about the controversy raging through the Internet regarding the erroneous and somewhat arrogant response received by a blogger in response to the “lifted” article off her blog. Rather than go off on a tangent about the story, you can read it by clicking the below link. New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources are already listed in the ipl2 collections.
What employers seek in public history graduates (Part 3): Skill sets beyond collections management This is the third post in a series to discuss the genesis of the idea for the “What Employers Seek in Public History Graduates” session at the 2013 National Council on Public History meeting in Ottawa. Session panelists will continue to share their thoughts on the topic in entries in the coming weeks. Before the rapid proliferation of museum studies and public history programs began in the 1960s and 1970s, almost all museum professionals held degrees in traditional academic disciplines related to the content areas of their museums. People who worked in historic sites and history museums usually had degrees in history. Typically, museum-specific skills and knowledge in areas such as collections care, exhibit development, and interpretation were learned “on-the-job.” In today’s economic climate, fewer museums and heritage sites can afford to hire entry-level professionals who must be trained on-the-job to do the work of public history.
Speaking Digitally About Exhibits Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times CONNECTIONS Francesca Merlino, 25, and Todd Florio, 35, using social media at the American Museum of Natural History. HOW TO: Launch Any Product Using Social Media Guy Kawasaki is the author of Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions. On March 8, I introduced my tenth book. There are few processes that I enjoy more than a product introduction, and this one enabled me to try many social media techniques and online tools and services. After only a week, the book was on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. I have to conclude that at least some of that success was due to the promotional techniques I employed. Where Should Museums Look for the Workforce of the Future? That leaves me wondering, who would museums hire if they looked beyond the traditional pipeline? Especially as there is such widespread dissatisfaction with the traditional pipeline (e.g., museum studies programs, arts administration). Some signals of how this model of training and hiring is creaking at the seams include: I’m not convinced the solution to these challenges lies in recruiting different people to museum studies programs and tweaking the syllabus.
Ebook Formats, DRM and You — A Guide for the Perplexed « Apprentice Alf's Blog Last updated on 22nd March, 2013 DRM: What it is and why you should care about it. DRM is used by publishers to restrict what you can do with your ebooks. DRM controls which devices you can use to read your ebook, and stops you converting your ebooks from one format to another. DRM makes buying and using ebooks harder. When you first start using ebooks, you might not notice the restrictions very much. Evidence that the staycation trend is both real & long-term - Leisure e-Newsletter Evidence that the staycation trend is both real & long-term We recently dug into unpublished data from the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey to determine how real the staycation trend is in respect to spending at location-based entertainment venues during trips and whether it is only recession-based or perhaps a much longer term trend.
NYT Goes Museums, Hosts Twitter Chat Ian Padgham of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Erin Coburn of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Stein of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Shelley Bernstein, chief technology officer at the Brooklyn Museum (image via nytimes.com) In the mood for some museum news? You’re in luck, because the New York Times has more than you could EVER READ. HOW TO: Set Up a Facebook Page This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. There are 500 million active users on Facebook — it's about time you get in on the action and start a Facebook Page for your business. After all, the best marketing reaches out to consumers where they already are, and people spend more than 700 billion hours a month on the site.