I am pleased to announce that my new book, Prepare for Takeoff: Get Your Museum Digital Project off the Ground is now available from Lucidea Press.
Museum digital projects require personnel who are subject-matter experts, technologists, and project managers. But wait, there’s more. Once you have those three areas of knowledge, skills, and abilities accounted for, it is time to learn the strategies necessary to create and successfully execute a museum digital project. This book will guide you through how to prioritize projects by assessing your collection needs, where to find grant funding for this type of work, how to proactively shutdown the misperceptions of what digital projects are for, and when and how to effectively incorporate staff, volunteers, interns, and consultants into your museum digital project.
With that in mind, my book chapters are:
- Assessing Online Collections to Inform Future Work
- Who Funds Museum Projects?
- Museum Digitization Myths to Delete Forever
- Strategies for Working With Staff, Volunteers, or Interns on Digital Projects
- Building Sustainability into Digital Programs
- When and How to Work with a Consultant on Museum Digital Projects
Much of the content covered in this book—while discussed through a digital project lens—applies to our non-digital work as well. This helps underscore just how similar and truly interconnected both the physical and digital aspects of our work are. As we move toward complete homogenization, we can continue to apply the strategies and lessons learned from one aspect of our work to another—the end goal being to work with intention, to be mindful of our capacity, and to find and ethically work with the resources available to us, humans included.
Rachael Cristine Woody
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