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Museum 2.0

Museum 2.0
Last week's New York Times special section on museums featured a lead article by David Gelles on Wooing a New Generation of Museum Patrons. In the article, David discussed ways that several large art museums are working to attract major donors and board members in their 30s and 40s. The article both energized and frustrated me. I was excited to see coverage of an important issue of generational shift, but I was frustrated that it appeared to perpetuate traditional, clubbish standards of donor cultivation. I was curious to learn more about what was behind the article. Fortunately, I had an outlet for my curiosity.

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100 Best Curator and Museum Blogs - Museummedia Visit our new website There are amazing museums and exhibitions to discover in The Netherlands and Belgium. By showing short trailer-like video clips on this new website we target new museum visitors. This well designed responsive website makes it easy for everyone to scroll through nice museums and spots in the low countries. By Emily Thomas Although not everyone has the resources to visit and study museums up close and personal, the Internet makes it possible for you to get a look into them from afar.

Why a museum is the UK's top brand on Twitter Last week we looked a ranking of the top ten brands on Facebook globally, based on the number of people who ‘like’ them. There were no real surprises – Starbucks came top and the rest of the top ten was filled with well-known consumer and fashion brands. When considering brands on Twitter this story is sometimes different and it is not always the obvious brands that are most followed.

41 Ways Museums Are Merging Social and Tech to Engage Audiences In preparation for the IMLS webinar series- Connecting to Collections- I’ve been thinking about some of my favorite ways that museums are merging social and tech to engage audiences. Part of the series, Using Social Media to Tell Your Collection’s Stories, will take place from 2:00pm to 3:30 pm EDT on Thursday, October 28th, 2010. I’m pleased to be serving as commentator, and working with presenter Nancie Ravenel (@NancieRavenel) of the Shelburne Museum. This series is free and you can register here to learn more about how museums are utilizing social and technological elements of communication to engage audiences and stay ahead of the curve. Technology is a powerful tool for cultivating community, and the merging of social and tech in museums is occurring more and more frequently. Here are my 41 favorite examples of museums building social capital through social media and technological endeavours.

Archives & Museum Informatics: International Cultural Herita Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University, Canada Leora Kornfeld, Canada Marek Hatala, Canada Karen Tanenbaum, Simon Fraser University, Canada Kevin Muise, Simon Fraser University - Surrey, Canada In this paper, we analyze the current state of museum guide technologies and applications in order to develop an analytical foundation for our future research in an adaptive museum guide for families. We have focused our analysis on three critical areas of interest in considering group and social interaction in museums: tangibility, the role of tangible user interfaces; interaction, visit types and visit flows; adaptivity, user modeling approaches. Session: In-Museum Engagement [Museum] Keywords: museum guides, adaptive museum guides, tangible user interfaces, user models, group interaction, mobile, family

Library to get a hackerspace The Fayetteville Free Library is installing a hackerspace/fablab with 3D printers, CNC routers and other equipment, available free to the public as a community space for making. The project is led by librarian Lauren Smedley, who is basically MADE OF AWESOME. Earlier this year, MAKE Magazine’s Phillip Torrone wrote a provocative article asking “Is it time to rebuild and retool libraries and make ‘techshops’?” In other words, should libraries join some of the other new community centers that are being created (such as General Assembly which we covered yesterday) and become “hackerspaces” or “makerspaces”? Musée 2.0 ou la visite de musée connecté - Orange Pop In order to enhance the museum experience, professionals are constantly experimenting with new technologies. We sat down with Armelle Pasco, director of Orange’s cultural partnerships program, to discuss recent innovations. Orange Pop: In terms of guided visits, where do things stand at the moment?

Opinion: Why I hate museums Interesting, until you get bored. Supposedly "free" museums are given billions of tax dollars every yearThey also generate $7 for every $1 they spend, according to insidersKids often love interactive displays, but what do you think about museums? Love them or hate them? Let us know in the comments 10 Great Art Apps by Alexandra Janvey, former Head Editor, INALJ Iowa previously published 12/10/13 10 Great Art Apps Art Swipe by Jody Zellen

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