Good Lord but it’s been awhile since I last updated this blog!
For starters, let’s get out some information about this year’s annual meeting in Akron, Ohio!
The conference program can be found here.
You can register online here.
The folks in Ohio have done a great job and put together a good program and hopefully we’ll see you there!
Also, in case you didn’t know, ALHFAM has a Facebook presence that you can find here.
There are lots of exciting things going on, and there will be more frequent updates as we go along!!
The annual Fall Board meeting of ALHFAM is in its final day in Cedar Rapids, Iowa! It’s been a productive meeting so far and hopefully we’ll have some good things coming out of the meeting for our membership!
Your tech team has posted nearly 400 images from the annual gathering in Farmers Branch, Texas – you can see them all if you go check out our Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/ALHFAM#!/media/set/?set=a.443552648989050.106784.160607733950211&type=3
It is hard to believe we are already on our last day at the 2012 ALHFAM conference. I have been energized for the year ahead with the great sessions I have attended, and the interactions I have had with my colleagues.
Sunday, we had several great discussions about technology in museums. As our conference theme reminds us, technology has taken over all aspects of museum operations – from websites and social media, to collections management, interactive exhibits, and distance learning programs.
Alternately, the question was asked: “Do people want to see technology in history museums, or are they craving a “step back in time”? Are we destroying historical authenticity with technology?”
I think there are different answers to these questions for different sites, but the fact remains that technology is now a major vehicle in promotion, data storage, cataloguing, interpretation, and education, so we need to figure out how best to deal with it in our respective institutions.
I’d love to have some discussion in the comments section on this question – how much technology is enough, or too much, in a historic setting where authenticity is important, while remembering that we, as a museum field, need to remain relevant in the 21st century. Discuss!