I recently had contact with a writer from the Wall Street Journal who researched a story on blogs in museums (Jennifer Trant had been kind enough to mention my name to him.) My first question to him was: do you mean blogs with which museums try to reach out to the audience they serve, or blogs on which museum professionals share information? While I’ve seen a number of the former, I haven’t seen much of the latter. The piece which ended up appearing in the Wall Street Journal under the title “For Attention, Museums Get Gossipy Online” (10/21, Pursuits Section – here’s the link, but you have to be a subscriber) focused on museums blogging to communicate with their visitors.
However, I’m glad to note that there are a couple of more blogs appearing which speak to the experience of museum professional. One of them, ironically called “libraryland” (hey, whatever happened to “museumland”?), is written by Richard Urban, a fellow MCN Board Member and currently a graduate student in library science at Urbana-Champagne. If you’d like to know what drove somebody with aspirations to work in the museum world into a library program, check out this post! (I feel your pain, Richard, and you know it, because we’ve shared our experiences many times…) Richard also has a great piece on the MCN Keynote by Alexander Rose from the Long Now Foundation here. The other blog I’d like to gloss is Mike Rippy’s museumpro – Mike’s blog is only just getting started as a direct outcome of the Young Professional’s Roundtable at MCN, but I hope it’ll grow into a lively forum for debate! Can you tell how I envy the library community for the inexhaustible wealth of collegial opinion, information and gossip in the blogosphere?