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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.
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.
See that lovely orange icon above the CAN logo on the right hands side? That’s an RSS logo, and it means that you can subscribe to the RSS feed from this blog so you don’t have to keep checking back for updates, you will get a summary of each entry sent to you. You’ll find this function on just about every blog, and most websites, and it’s a pretty handy way of knowing what’s new on all your favourite sites. It’s great for news sites as well.
To view subscribe to an rss feed, you’ll need to use an rss reader or aggregator. These can be desktop or web based. The major online services like Yahoo and Google who you may already use for email offer web based rss readers, Internet Explorer 7 has one, and there are plugins for the Firefox web browser.
For more detailed information, the BBC help pages have information about how to subscribe and links to different feed readers, while the rss specifications page has a good, no fuss explanation.
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