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Reports from the Field

By: Stephen Lang

Well, I’m back after a nice little trip to the west coast. ¬†I will be providing some links to topics of interest I found enlightening while at AAM. ¬†Hopefully this will shed some light on the current state of museums as well as some perspective on what keepers deal with on a daily, monthly, and […]

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The sites

By: Stephen Lang

A bit of a photo dump from the trip so far.

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The Expo Floor

By: Stephen Lang

Animatronics, wax figures, 3-D movies, live bats, actors in costumes, no this isn’t Disneyland, it’s the AAM Expo Floor! And what AAM conference is complete without it? Where else can you talk to Indiana Jones and then haggle over the price of compact storage units? Or get shown the latest technology in audio handsets before […]

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When sessions go bad

By: Stephen Lang

So far I have had pretty good luck with picking useful sessions to attend at the conference. This can be tricky. It’s really easy to write a title that will get people interested in the session you are chairing. It’s really hard to find three other people who can talk to that issue and give […]

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Other Museums

By: Stephen Lang

Once of the nice things about AAM is that you get to see other museums while you are in a different city. You also get to see how they do things differently. Yesterday we went to LACMA and the La Brea tar pits. Both were pretty impressive. The tar pits were about why I expected […]

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Sessions

By: Stephen Lang

The social tags talk was quite good. It was made up of participants in the Steve Project which allows museums to use their software to let the public tag their online objects. http://www.steve.museum/ These tags can help users at the site find objects that may have been harder to find with only the data in […]

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Day 2

By: Stephen Lang

The first day with sessions. We woke up and got our Starbucks fix and then headed into the LA Convention Center. After picking up our tote bags and badges we started thumbing through the catalog and picking out sessions. Should be fun. I chose social tags and online exhibits and interactions.

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AAM Conference in LA

By: Stephen Lang

We arrived in sunny LA after a quick 6 hour flight from the Philly airport to LAX. We dropped our bags off at the beautiful Hotel Figueroa and then grabbed some lunch. The local area was buzzing with people as a bicycle race was running right through the center of where we are staying. After […]

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