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Survey on Contemporary Objects in History Museums

Please take a few minutes to help a fellow museum studies student out.

Leslie Howard, who’s completing an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard and is NEMA’s Membership Manager, is writing her thesis on collecting contemporary objects.

Do you have an opinion on whether museums should collect contemporary objects? Do you work at or know of an institution that is pursuing this? If so, please check out her survey.

Museums Advocacy Day 2012

Dear Museums Advocacy Day supporters,

With just a few days to go until Museums Advocacy Day 2012 gets underway, we ask you to please share the following message with your members and networks:

Museums Advocacy Day 2012 Webcast
The American Association of Museums will be webcasting portions of the two-day
event. We invite you to visit http://www.speakupformuseums.org/video.htm to watch a LIVE webcast of these Museums Advocacy Day events:
• Monday, February 27, 9:00am-11:30am ET – Advocacy Essentials
• Monday, February 27, 12:30pm-2:00pm ET – Federal Agency Speakers
• Monday, February 27, approximately 6:45pm-7:30pm ET – Congressional Reception**
• Tuesday, February 28, approximately 8:15am-9:30am ET – Congressional Breakfast

We hope that these programs – and the accompanying materials on this webpage – will provide your members and colleagues an opportunity to advocate from anywhere. We also invite you to join the conversation on social media channels (using the #museumsadvocacy hashtag).

With your help, we can make Museums Advocacy Day 2012 a truly national event.

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report

The New Media Consortium, which produces the Horizon Report, is compiling information for its 2011 Museum Edition.

If you’re not familiar with the report, you should be! The Horizon Report is a good, succinct overview of emerging technologies in various fields. They categorize innovations by their “horizon” – how soon it will be before a particular technology will become the next hot topic. Their predictions aren’t always 100% accurate, but they are always thoughtful explorations of how technology will impact our work.

Go, read the 2010 and other reports. They’re a good, well-organized, informative read.

Ed Rodley at the Boston Museum of Science and Thinking About Exhibits is part of the New Media Consortium Advisory Board for their museum report this year, and he wants to get the word out about how museum folk everywhere can help.

As part of the final information-gathering, they’re looking for innovative examples of technologies in museums for inclusion in the report.  See the note below and let them (or me) know of any cool examples you’ve encountered.

So go, check out his post, and find out how you can share what you’ve been learning and thinking about in the ways museums are using technology.

Center for the Future of Museums

We’ve posted about this before, but I just finished reading my weekly newsletter from the CFM and thought that a reminder would be in order.

If you are not yet following the work of the AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums, you really should be. This great group of people – check out this recent blog post for more info on everyone – is doing research and presenting big ideas that will help guide the future strategy of museums in America and all over the world. They’re looking at demographics, technology, social innovation, programming, community relations, and many other topics.

So – check out their website. Read their blog. Subscribe to their newsletter. Start thinking and contributing – it’s your future too!

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