The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

G. Brown Goode Smithsonian Education Lecture

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies announces the next
G. Brown Goode Smithsonian Education Lecture.


Dr. Lynda Kelly, Head of Audience Research, Australian Museum, will speak on: "How WEB 2.0 Is Changing the Nature of Museum Work".

Friday, May 21, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The lecture will be web cast live, available at http://museumstudies.si.edu

Critics have argued that museums need to move from merely supplying information to providing usable knowledge and tools that enable visitors to explore their own ideas and reach their own conclusions. The argument seems especially relevant today, when technology gives individuals access to communication, information gathering, and analysis. Dr. Kelly's presentation will examine the impact of Web 2.0 across museums, focusing on three areas of museum practice: learning, exhibition development, and organizational change.

Dr. Kelly has published widely in museum evaluation, and writes the Audience Research (http://amarclk.blogspot.com) blog, with a readership of about 1,500 a month. She is particularly interested in visitor experiences and learning and how these can be measured; young children's learning; indigenous evaluation; strategic uses of audience research; and new technologies in organizational change. She claims to be "happily obsessed with all things Web 2.0 and is curious to see how this will change the world that museums operate within, and the ways people learn." Dr. Kelly also administers Museum 3.0 (http://museum30.ning.com), a social networking site for museum professionals, with an active, global membership of over 2,000. Her latest book, Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums, co-edited with Dr. Fiona Cameron, University of Western Sydney, will be published in 2010.

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