TAM FAF Post 5: Recap of Technology Round-Up

Posted By: Ed Rodley TAM LABS,

Hey TAMers,

If you missed our conversation last month with Elizabeth Merritt of AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums and Koven Smith of the Knight Foundation, we’ve got you covered! You can find the full video of the event here, but we pulled out a few of our favorite bits of a wide-ranging conversation. They’re only 3-5 minutes long, and each touches on a different subject of interest. So if you’ve only got a few minutes, take a listen, and join the conversation!

The Knight Foundation has been working with museums for over a decade on initiatives around digital innovation and staffing. I’ve referenced some of their reports in past posts, and asked Koven Smith, from his vantage point of working with museum leaders nationwide, about how museums are doing in 2021.

What’s the current state of affairs in museums with regards to digital readiness in November 2021? (watch 5:30 clip)

What are some of the upsides of museums having to adapt to our new hybrid reality? (watch 3:27 clip)

Where is the emphasis going to go in the future? Part 1(watch 4:38 clip)

Where is the emphasis going to go in the future? Part 2 (watch 3:57 clip)

Both our guests had something to say about the best examples they’d seen of museums thinking outside the box to address some of the unique challenges of the pandemic shutdown.


What are some of the best examples you’ve seen of staff being redirected to work on digital jobs? (watch 1:57 clip)

How have museums used digital technology to engage visitors? (watch 3:04 clip)

And to wrap up the conversation, Elizabeth talked about how what’s happening to museums is happening in every sector and industry.


What can museums learn from the restaurant industry? (watch 3:16 clip)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for our next post coming on Wednesday, December 15. Til then, stay strong!



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