Museums have ethical responsibility for objects representing ethnographic communities; engage communities early and often; they are important stakeholders.
Accurate digitization equations are necessary for successful museum digitization project planning; they provide a reliable estimate of time required.
Planning and preparation are key to successful museum digitization projects; determine needs including hardware and collections management software.
Museum digital projects must include comprehensive digital program covering equipment used, standards followed and digitization and cataloging work.
Museum sustainability strategies secure the future of the museum; digital projects rely on sustainability planning as they are long term and expensive.
Museum collaboration is essential; it’s often the way to save money or increase funding while developing digital projects, traveling exhibits, etc.
Tips for overcoming common hurdles to grant writing in museums and archives.
shared museum catalogs meet digital visitor expectations for access to objects and discovery of contextual information while offering shared savings
A successful museum strategy has 3 main components: operational, funding, digital. Departmental decisions are aligned with museum strategy as a whole.
5 main methods for improving museum digital visitor experience include practicality, visitor immersion, accessibility, mobile optimization and SEO.
Museums must understand and address digital user types and digital visitor expectations as they develop museum digital collections and online presence.
Healthy museums acquire income from several of funding streams; museum online presence plays a large part in keeping museums eligible for future funding.
A museum collections management system is a major content contributor in a museum social media strategy. Museums should use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for digital media.
Successful museum grant applications require planning, applying for appropriate funding, prioritizing and timing. Museum grant writing project tips.
Digital museum collections management. When digital presence supports non-digital work, museums maximize benefits of museum digitization projects
As part of museum collections management, staff owe it to digital visitors to review and update past digitization work to promote accessibility, use, and enjoyment of museum collections online.
Catalogs must meet the needs of the museum and the wants of the audience; choose and implement sustainable museum cataloging rules and guidelines that fit both.
Selecting a museum collections management system requires meeting today’s and tomorrow’s needs and choosing a vendor who meets all criteria.
Virtual-only museums react dynamically to changing trends, user-needs, and new technology. Works best when supported by robust museum collections management system.
Museums suffering financial instability must make strategic decisions about selling, closing or merging, Examples of museum mergers with other institutions.
Improving museum engagement for younger generations requires instant access, connections to other artifacts, social/collaborative learning, compelling story.
A museum should hire a grant specialist when they lack resources or expertise to navigate funding opportunities and grant applications.
Conducting museum grant prospect research changes each time. Care must be taken to find the best funding opportunities to match your project.
Museum professionals need to understand why grant applications haven’t been successful in order to identify and pursue successful funding opportunities.
Museum expert Rachael Cristine Woody advocates for creating a professional master plan, identifying benchmarks to achieve and activities in support.