Posts Tagged ‘blogs’

A round-up of discussions relating to community-managed museums

Community-managed cultural institutions need to share ideas on how to use digital media to reach their audiences more effectively. Here is a round-up of discussion forums that might touch on some of the issues you have been facing.

First of all, we would like to invite anyone who would like to share their ideas in this discussion forum on how small and volunteer-run museums can use digital media to compensate for their lack of resources.

One idea is to upload your collections onto CAN’s online collection database. That way when a search is carried out, your objects will come up alongside those from larger institutions – giving them equal presence. Digitising collections and loading them into our online database is a dynamic marketing tool from which opportunities can be leveraged at a later date. For instructions on how to upload to the CAN Collections Database, click here.

Monika Lechner asks the question: Are museum-web 2.0 applications too time consuming? This question is particularly relevant for small museums and galleries who often do not have the resources to maintain these sites. It would be interesting to further this discussion on this site to work out ways to social network effectively.

Angela Ruggles has posted a forum about community museums and developing countries in preparation for her trip to Cairo, Egypt.

Sarah Rhodes


How to subscribe and post to an email discussion list

Discussion groups and forums are a great way to develop a community around your museum or gallery. Not only do they connect audiences with your institution but they create an opportunity for people to discuss issues and share ideas. CAN has its own discussion lists which are free to subscribe to and free to post to. They work through email, so if you have an email account, you are ready to subscribe. CAN lists are moderated, so you won’t get junk mail, and it’s a great way to know what’s going on in the sector and let people know your information as well. The most popular lists on CAN are can-talk, can-jobs, can-exhibitions, can-news, can-events and artbooks.

CAN has also posted a directory of its favourite international discussion groups for museum professionals. Professional organisations and groups providing support to the sector may have their own discussion lists that you may be eligible to join, check each list for membership requirements.

National Library of Australia
Australian Archivists

Sarah Rhodes


Blogs are a few of my favourite things . . .

I have a few favourite blogs that I like to keep an eye on. I wanted to share some the blogs that have a particular relevance to the Australian collections sector.

I’ll start with the ones that help me keep my professional antennae tuned to what is going on with the collections sector and digital technologies. Seb Chan from the Powerhouse Museum’s fresh and new(er) blog is essential reading. For a UK perspective I check in with Mia Ridge’s musings on Open Objects, and from the wonderful world of libraries, there is what is described as “blog central for Australian libraries”, Libraries Interact.

There are lots of organisations producing excellent audience engagement blogs, and I think this trend will continue to gather momentum. Some of the ones I have enjoyed over the past year or so include; Linda Barraclough’s Old Gippstown Cataloguers which is a great example of volunteer organisation communicating and documenting their work through blogging, From the Loft which tells the stories behind the photographs at the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney, and the Australian War Memorial’s fascinating collection related blog. The team at the Sydney Observatory do a great job with regular posts about astronomy, while the Town Hall Gallery in Melbourne use their blog to publicise and promote all their events and activities.

For a roundup of all the blogs from the Museums around the world, take a look at Museum Blogs.