44th Annual Conference of the Museum Computer Network (MCN) 2016 New Orleans – The Human-Centered Museum

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  • Although orig­i­nally founded in 1967, MCN’s first annual con­fer­ence started in 1972. That makes 2016, MCN’s 44th Annual Con­fer­ence! MCN 2016 will take place in New Orleans’ charm­ing French Quar­ter at the J. W. Mar­riott New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana on Novem­ber 14, 2016. Tours and evening events will pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore the city and local museums.

    Keynote Speaker

    The con­fer­ence pro­gram opens with a keynote from Cather­ine Bracy, a pio­neer in civic tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal democ­racy who has led orga­ni­za­tions such as Code for Amer­ica and the TechEquity Collaborative.

    Con­fer­ence Theme: The Human-​Centered Museum

    Every year, MCN explores top­ics of rel­e­vance to museum prac­ti­tion­ers work­ing with, or affected by, dig­i­tal media and tech­nol­ogy. This year, MCN will focus on how muse­ums can use tech­nol­ogy to empha­size inclu­sion, acces­si­bil­ity, and agency, from a diverse range of per­spec­tives. We are inter­ested in how tech­nol­ogy changes the nature of museum work, includ­ing its busi­ness mod­els, staffing, and strate­gic plans.

    Broad­en­ing our range of approaches and stake­hold­ers has the ben­e­fit of mak­ing our insti­tu­tions more robust, adapt­able, and future-​proof. Join new lead­ers here to high­light, unpack, and cel­e­brate the insti­tu­tional ben­e­fits of diversity.

    Sub­mis­sions on any topic are wel­come, but some spe­cific top­ics we’d like to address this year include:

    • col­lab­o­ra­tion
    • com­mu­nity diver­sity (in all its forms)
    • inclu­sion
    • acces­si­bil­ity
    • agency change
    • inno­va­tion
    • exper­i­men­ta­tion new busi­ness models
    • lead­er­ship
    • strat­egy


    Pre-​conference Work­shops are half-​day inter­ac­tive ses­sions held the day before the con­fer­ence (Tues­day, Novem­ber 1, 2016) that pro­vide hands-​on learn­ing and key learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. This is MCN’s pre­mière in-​depth learn­ing oppor­tu­nity, and atten­dees pay an addi­tional fee to attend these sessions.

    • Inter­pre­tive Writ­ing for Museum Audiences
    • Begin­ner Hack­ing — Wearables
    • Power, Priv­i­lege, His­tory, and Race
    • Mea­sure, Rinse, Repeat
    • The Lean Museum: met­rics dri­ven con­tin­u­ous improve­ment (lean sigma white belt training)
    • Unleash the Power of Video
    • The Human-​Centered Blog: Strate­gies for Con­tent, Con­sis­tency, and Community
    • Hands-​On w/​Open Source Hard­ware — Arduino and Rasp­berry Pi
    • Expe­ri­enc­ing the Vis­i­tor Experience
    • See­ing with Words — Visual Descrip­tion for Museum Websites
    • Eval­u­a­tion Tips, Tricks, and Short­cuts for Eval­u­a­tion Skeptics
    • How to Write the Per­fect Ten­der for Dig­i­tal Projects
    • Web Ana­lyt­ics and SEO: Learn the Ropes, Work a Plan, Mea­sure the Right Stuff… Declare Victory!

    Pro­gram Committee

    Com­mit­tee Chairs

    • Suse Cairns, Chair
    • Jen­nifer Foley, co-​Chair
    • Trish Oxford, co-​Chair

    Pro­gram Com­mit­tee members

    • Ali­son Hines
    • Alli Bur­ness
    • Ben Fast
    • Diana Pan
    • Don Undeen
    • Emily Lytle-​Painter
    • Eric Espig
    • Greg Albers
    • Haitham Eid
    • Heidi Quick­sil­ver
    • Jes­sica Suess
    • Koven Smith
    • Kristin Bayans
    • Lanae Spruce
    • Matt Popke
    • Miranda Kerr
    • Miram Langer
    • Mor­gan Holzer
    • Paige Dansinger
    • Piotr Adam­czyk
    • Rachel Ropeik
    • Rob Lance­field
    • Robert Weis­berg
    • Shae­lyn Amaio
    • Sina Bahram
    • Tijana Tasich
    • Nikhil Trivedi
    • Adri­anne Russell


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