David Allison is the Manager of Onsite Programs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. How do museums fit in, confront, or adapt to a rapidly changing world? Now more than ever, this question becomes important for museum leaders. A short list of museum “reasons for being” illustrates the quandary that we face. Museums are: trusted educational resources. bastions … Read More
Over the past decade, museums around the world have been adapting to the fast-pace of technical change and have debated a variety of approaches to digital strategy and whether to integrate (or not) digital approaches into the overarching strategies of their organizations. Recently, we’ve seen significant examples of digital strategy documents produced by the Tate , SFMOMA, NARA, and many others. … Read More
Here at the Alliance we are committed to finding ways to improve the accessibility and reach of our content (hey it’s in our strategic plan!). One place of particular interest for us has been video. We had previously settled for the built-in accessibility features in YouTube, but decided to dive in and experiment with ways to improve access using other tools. … Read More
Last week we noticed an intriguing Twitter conversation originating from a question Chad Weinard posed to the Twitterverse. The resulting conversation meanders in several directions addressing what museums could learn from tech companies, what tech companies could learn from museums, and, best of all, the value ‘thinking out loud’ with colleagues near and far – in this case facilitated by Twitter.
We asked Chad to share some thoughts on the conversation, and he put together the running commentary below.
The American Alliance of Museums was founded in 1906 at a meeting of some 25 museum leaders of the day who gathered in New York City to discuss, “the advisability of endeavoring to establish an association of the museums of America”. While many things have changed about museums and our communities over those 110 years, we still believe that working … Read More