Optimizing Capacity for Collective Impact – The Power of Networks!
Sunday, May 7, 1-2:15 p.m.
Hear about the power of networks in 3 examples: an experimental format for hive-created content using Google Hangouts to connect regional museum professionals with thought leaders create local content on topics of interest to the museum profession; a statewide mentoring program helping participants craft collections plans and policies, build a network of trusted colleagues, and develop leadership skills; and a statewide collaborative learning community of regional study groups, combining online and in-person activities to create and share learnings about topics such as public engagement and accessibility.

Digital Strategy in Action: From Planning to Doing
Sunday, May 7, 1-2:15 p.m.
Cultural heritage organizations develop digital strategies to outline philosophies, goals, and objectives for the effective use of technology. In this session, three museums at varying points of implementation share methods and outcomes of the digital strategy process. Panelists represent a cross-section of museums and departments, providing multiple points of view on how to identify, prioritize, and implement digital initiatives that align with strategy. We’ll discuss institutional challenges and practical and technical constraints, and share examples of digital visitor engagement.

Tech Disruption and the Art of Thinking Fast
Sunday, May 7, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Join a lively conversation about the ways that museums and historic homes have handled disruptive technologies, whether by creating policy, allowing new levels of interaction, or discovering new avenues to build and innovate. The emergence of new and disruptive technologies puts pressure on museums to prepare for the future. Our session promises to explore methods for creating a culture that is agile and open to experimentation, while looking at successful case studies of other organization and institutions that have embraced and benefited from disruptive tech.

Planning the Digital Museum
Sunday, May 7, 4-5:15 p.m.
“Museums are going digital” to reach and engage with new global audiences, explore new and more effective business models, and leverage collections as platforms for creation and co-creation of knowledge and ideas. Successful digital engagement requires holistic planning and an “omnichannel” approach that adapts global technology trends to the cultural environment. This session will present models and methods that museums might use to make decisions, evaluate current practice, and integrate digital methods into their work. Panelists are contributors to the forthcoming Manual of Digital Museum Planning.

Museums as Builders of Global Communities
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
Project coordinators from three U.S. museums who participated in Museums Connect global partnership programs with institutions in Mexico, Kenya, and Iceland will discuss the enormous benefits as well as some of the challenges that arose during their programs. Youth empowerment and environmental sustainability are at the heart of these projects, supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AAM. Panelists will share how they used technology to keep communities connected and explore ways that their projects could be replicated in other museums.

Engaging Immigrant Families with Art and Technology Programs
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
A long-term partnership between the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access and the Fairfax County Public School Family Literacy Program has shown that art and technology projects can provide a bridge that brings the whole family to the museum while developing literacy and technology skills, building confidence, and strengthening family bonds at a crucial time in children’s lives. This hands-on workshop shares best practices and research, and breaks down the individual components of the projects to guide participants in developing engagement programs at their unique venues.

Tech Tutorial: Managing Digital Content: From Capture to Copyright
Monday, May 8, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Learn the basics of assessing and managing your digital assets. Effective digital asset management saves your organization time and money, and will help preserve institutional memory. This tutorial will provide an overview of digital content and copyright management workflows, starting from acquisition through the use cases of online collections and open access, and include best practices around content storage, access, distribution, rights management, and planning for the future.