If museums can just financially-survive COVID-19 there is a tremendous opportunity to get incredible digital collections management platforms.
Museums face challenges in DEAI, grant funding, and ethical labor practices. COVID-19 helped push elements of these priorities to the forefront.
Museum Collections Management System (CMS) choices depend on your end goal, what tools you need to get there, and how big your budget is.
Digital museum collections work and the CMS tools we use are more essential now than ever; this will likely remain true post-pandemic.
DAMS and CMS platforms have similar functionality, but there are differences in how well those work and whether they meet museum requirements.
Collections management systems and digital asset management systems have similarities and meet similar needs; expert guidance on the differences
Priorities in LAMs committed to inclusivity include creating demographically appropriate content and spaces with input from those demographics
Assess digital collections and reallocate resources (time and CMS money) to ensure you’re delivering the best possible virtual collection experience
Library, archives, and museum staff know their work is essential, but fail to consistently translate this value; expert advice on getting through.
A museum’s digital presence is just as important as its physical presence; we need to start using our CMS data when we speak about collection value.
Mining museum CMS data helps you become more efficient and impactful, quantifying the value of activities to see what is and isn’t working
Definition of museum Collections Management System (CMS) data, outlines how to find CMS data and highlight the data that provides the best insights.
Libraries, archives and museums are dealing with financial disaster due to COVID-19; advice from an expert on how to navigate challenges LAMs face.
Digital museum SEO is a continual practice; investing in and maintaining good SEO should be incorporated into routine maintenance of your museum CMS.
This post describes how to effectively test the SEO of a museum CMS and offers 5 methods for how to get a jump start on improving it.
Search engine optimization (SEO) expands the reach of a museum CMS to make collections widely discoverable.
The grants toolkit empowers LAM professionals by providing information and tools needed to confidently apply for grants.
The ability to upload, publish, and engage with multimedia files within the museum CMS is critical to meeting user experience (UX) best practices
A museum collections management system (CMS) must appeal to digital visitors by offering related multimedia materials grouped together
Museums exhibits increasingly take digital form; as such the best CMS is a multimedia CMS, giving context to objects and meeting visitor expectations
The best museum CMS front-end results from purchasing a platform with a fully integrated front and back-end. Benefits listed.
A museum CMS with a separate or “add on” front-end portal is better than no portal, but can come with significant added costs; things to consider
Fully integrated CMS portals offer benefits for the museum, staff, and digital visitors—and should be considered over other options whenever possible
Discovery designed for the digital hobbyist means providing avenues for visitors to browse information, an object, or collection at the museum.
Your museum CMS must accommodate mobile-first or mobile-primary users due to the reality of pandemic-induced working from home into the future