American Alliance of Museums: Say Cheese! 3 Ways Museums Can Compete with Instagrammable Pop-Ups

American Alliance of Museums: Say Cheese! 3 Ways Museums Can Compete with Instagrammable Pop-Ups. “As recently as in 2015, the average admission price for an art museum in North America was eight dollars, and according to the American Alliance of Museums, as of 2012 approximately 37 percent of all U.S. museums were free. Meanwhile, people are paying thirty-eight dollars—and buying tickets weeks in advance—for a chance to see the Museum of Ice Cream, which is not a museum at all (because it neither collects, conserves, nor interprets material), but a maze of colorful rooms where visitors wait in long lines to take selfies with clever backdrops.”

Al-Fanar Media: In Jordan, Antiquities Sites Enlist Nearby Communities as Partners

Al-Fanar Media: In Jordan, Antiquities Sites Enlist Nearby Communities as Partners. “A prominent theme among presentations scheduled for a major international conference on the archaeology of Jordan, being held in Florence, Italy, this month, is the growth of projects that engage local communities in the preservation of ancient sites.”

Science Daily: Social media for medical journals operates in ‘wild west,’ needs more support to succeed

Science Daily: Social media for medical journals operates in ‘wild west,’ needs more support to succeed . “In this first study to examine social media editor roles at medical journals, researchers found that while medical journals are using social media more to extend the reach of new research, the responsibilities and measures of success for these roles aren’t well defined or supported. More support is needed to get the information to the public more efficiently.”

HeraldReview: Through Apps And Workshops Museums Help Better The Lives Of Americans Living With Dementia

HeraldReview: Through Apps And Workshops Museums Help Better The Lives Of Americans Living With Dementia. “On Sept. 24, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) will launch the U.S. version of the award-winning ‘House of Memories’ dementia awareness program, originally developed in the U.K. by National Museums Liverpool to provide person-centered care for people to live well with dementia. The program offers training workshops, resources and activities, including the ‘My House of Memories’ app, the first of its kind in the world. The app features more than 100 interactive pages of MNHS collection items, which can help those living with dementia draw on memories to create personal connections with family, friends and caregivers.”

ALA: New intellectual freedom resources for libraries on social media and controversial programs

ALA: New intellectual freedom resources for libraries on social media and controversial programs. “In response to program cancellations and rising concerns about social media access and privacy, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee published new guidelines and a Q&A for library workers. ‘Social Media Guidelines for Public and Academic Libraries’ provides a policy framework for public and academic libraries that use social media. Topics range from staff responsibilities and acceptable behavior, to privacy and reconsideration forms.”

EurekAlert: Digitalisation meets the Middle Ages

EurekAlert: Digitalisation meets the Middle Ages . “Smartphones, touch screens and holograms could make museum visits a digital and multimedia experience. For example, books that for reasons of protection may not be touched by visitors, could be leafed through on tablets. Or flesh and skin could be projected on the skeleton of a dinosaur with virtual and augmented reality. The research project MEETeUX (Multi-Device Ecologies Towards Elaborate User Experience), coordinated by St. Pölten UAS, develops approaches and solutions for digital forms of exhibition design. The presentation of the Abrogans is a first prototype from the project.”