Philosophical Leadership Needed for the Future: Digital Humanities Scholars in Museums


Fri, 11/18/2011 - 6:00am - 7:30am
Room: Vancouver


  1. Name: Neal Stimler
    Title: Asscociate Coordinator of Images
    Organization: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  2. Name: Lori Byrd Phillips
    Title: Web Content Specialist, Wikipedian-in-Residence
    Organization: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  3. Name: Melody Dworak
    Title: MLIS Candidate, School of Library & Information Science
    Organization: The University of Iowa
  4. Name: Katherine Moermond
    Title: Education and Outreach Coordinator
    Organization: Iowa Old Capitol Museum
  5. Name: Greg Prickman
    Title: Head of Special Collections and University Archives
    Organization: University of Iowa Libraries
  6. Name: Nicole Saylor
    Title: Digital Library Services Head
    Organization: University of Iowa Libraries
  7. Name: Nik Honeysett
    Title: Head of Administration
    Organization: J. Paul Getty Museum
  8. Name: Àlex Hinojo
    Title: Former Wikipedian in Residence at the Museu Picasso
    Organization: Heritage Department of the Government of Catalonia
  9. Name: Micah Vandegrift
    Title: Scholarly Communications Project Manager
    Organization: Florida State University
  10. Name: Michael Edson
    Title: Director of Web and New Media Strategy
    Organization: Smithsonian Institution
  11. Name: Simon Tanner
    Title: Academic in Department of Digital Humanities and Director of Digital Consultancy
    Organization: King’s College London
  12. Name: Ryan Anthony Donaldson
    Title: Archivist
    Organization: The Durst Organization
  13. Name: Merete Sanderhoff
    Title: Researcher
    Organization: Statens Museum for Kunst
  14. Name: Doug Reside
    Title: Digital Curator of Performing Arts
    Organization: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts


Museum technologists have successfully supported the creation and delivery of content produced by curators, educators and librarians. However, many museum administrators and boards have yet to recognize the importance of scholarly study of their own institutions in the context of an evolving digital society. The support of digital humanities research in the academic and library communities over the last several years has not yet been adopted to the same degree in museums.

Session Description:

This crowdsourced panel session will present 1-5 minute video responses from an open call to the community of professionals in archives, libraries, museums and universities as they reflect on the barriers and benefits of implementing digital humanities methodologies in museums.

Participate in the Panel:

  1. Sign up for a YouTube Account via the web or your mobile device.
  2. Before shooting your video prepare a written script and record wih your webcam or mobile device as close to a final cut as possible.
  3. Please edit your video for content and length before submitting it to the panel.  You can edit videos within YouTube using the YouTube Editor (
  4. Please consider captioning your video (  CaptionTube is a valuable tool for making captions for your videos (
  5. Please answer all three of the interview questions in your 1-5 minute video response:
    1. Question 1:
      1. How can museums advance beyond the continuation of traditional practices utilizing digital tools to a new mode of interpretation that seeks to understand the meanings of collections and scholarship in a new media culture?
    2. Question 2:
      1. What is required of museums to establish digital humanities research centers within the framework of existing institutions?
    3. Question 3:
      1. Why might interdisciplinary and non-traditional scholars from outside the established professional ranks make the best leaders needed for inspired change in the philosophical directions of museums?
  6. Upload your video to YouTube.
  7. Please e-mail with your contact information, short biography and link to your posted video, along with the written script of your video response.

When Recording:

  1. Consider ambient noise, lighting and sound when recording your response.
  2. Say your name, profession, organization and social media handles at the start of the video.
  3. Mention that the video is part of 39th Annual Museum Computer Network Conference panel, “Philosophical Leadership Needed for the Future: Digital Humanities Scholars in Museums.”
  4. When uploading to YouTube, please tag the video with the keywords:
    1. philosophical
    2. philosophy
    3. leadership
    4. future
    5. digital
    6. humanities
    7. scholars
    8. museums
    9. museum computer network
    10. atlanta

Rights and Permissions:

  1. You must submit your video with a Creative Commons CC-BY license [attribution - reuse allowed] (
  2. Videos that are not checked with a Creative Commons CC-BY license will not be included in the panel.


  1. Videos must be submitted by November 3, 2011.
  2. Videos submitted after this deadline will be collected in the playlist associated with the panel, but may not be included in the presentation at the conference on November 18, 2011 at 2PM.


Please contact Neal Stimler via e-mail at or @nealstimler on Twitter (!/nealstimler) if you are interested in participating in the panel.


This panel was modeled after the American Association of Museums Center for the Future program, “Voices of the Future.” Visit this link for more information (

Session Info

  • Type: Full Panel
  • Keywords:
  • Relevance: Boundaries between museums, libraries and archives continue to blur in the 21st Century. This panel seeks to learn from the progress made in academic and library communities to empower museums with the vision needed to serve constituents in a new media culture. The open call format is for both attendees and non-attendees, if you will not be attending the conference, please see this as a great opportunity to contribute to the Museum Computer Network program.