The Power of Amusement

David AllisonAccess, Featured0 Comments

Colorful image of amusement park rides spinning really fast in a blur of color.

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

Museums and Digital Strategy Today

Rob SteinAccess, Alliance Labs, Featured, Strategic Plan3 Comments

Museums and the Web Participant interacting with Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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

Transcripts and Captions for Digital Video

Joshua MorinAccess, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

A screenshot of a video with closed captions

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

Anatomy of a Lunchtime Conversation

Liz NeelyAccess, Featured2 Comments

Graphic of an office space with conversation bubbles. Original graphic by Flickr user opensourceway modified. CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

Introducing Alliance Labs

Rob SteinAccess, Alliance Labs, Featured, Strategic Plan6 Comments

light bulbs

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