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The Museum Computer Network is a non-profit professional organization that has worked to advance digital transformation in the cultural sector since 1967. MCN’s core purpose is to foster innovation and excellence by supporting professionals who seek to transform the way their cultural organizations reach, engage, and educate their audiences using digital technologies. In addition to professional development seminars throughout the year and special interest groups, the members-based organization’s primary activity is the annual conference, which attracts hundreds of attendees from around the cultural heritage sector to explore the latest advances in museum technology. Most importantly, it was my first (professional) conference. The theme, ‘Think Big, Start Small, Create,’ seemed to encompass the ethos of what I was doing in Balboa Park.

I presented on collaborative video - focusing on my work in Balboa Park producing the first two external collaborative videos. The...

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Balboa Park Online Collaborative attended the Western Museum Conference in Las Vegas, from October 5-8. 

According to their website, The Western Museum Association’s mission is “providing professional development for museum professionals since 1935.”  They go on to say that “The Western Museums Association (WMA) is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to serving museums, museum professionals, as well as the related organizations and individuals, by providing vision, enrichment, intellectual challenge, and a forum for communication and interaction. The WMA is primarily comprised of members across the Western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and international members from Mexico, British Columbia, and the Pacific Islands, among others.”  From our experience, WMA is an excellent organization that fosters camaraderie and cooperation among large and small museums and cultural organizations throughout the Western region of North America.  Their membership base covers all aspects of museum infrastructure…From registrars, to finance, to technology, to collections, education, HR, CEOs and Executive Directors.

BPOC members have attended the conference, and presented projects in the past, but this was the first...

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While it can be said that all BPOC video productions are always collaborative, since we work with other institutions to create videos that feature everything from in-gallery displays, to lecture and special event documentation, we don’t stop there, and the newly publicized Balboa Park Summer Camp video is proof of that. With nine institutions participating, the video features the extraordinary and unique opportunities available to kids, from pre-kinder through 12th grade, during the summer in Balboa Park.

The idea was simple, tell the story of Balboa Park and the opportunities it affords to families looking for summer activities for their children. The key to completion was clear communication and correspondence. The proposal was brought to us with not too much time before summer camp registration started, so we needed to work fast, so there wasn’t time to film in every institution like we had done for the Special Event and...

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We have some new faces in the offices of BPOC!  If you haven’t had a chance to meet our newest team members yet, here is a bit of information to tide you over until you get a chance to meet them face-to-face.

Nik Honeysett, BPOC’s new chief executive officer joins us most recently from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he was the head of administration.  Nik comes to us with an extensive background in management, interactive, multimedia, and information technology, specifically targeted to the cultural sector.  Nik is deeply involved in the dance between technology and culture, as he currently serves on the Board of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), where he previously chaired the Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, teaching a course on museum technology management as part of their Museum Studies Masters program. 

We also welcome Chad Weinard, our new Director of Digital Media.  Chad joins us from the North Carolina Museum of Art, where he served as the Manager of New Media, and led digital engagement initiatives which included web, mobile, in-gallery technology and social media.  Chad has won several awards for ArtNC (an educational resource website), including the Best of the Web in Education from...

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It comes with great excitement that I can announce the publication of the newest video from the Balboa Park Online Collaborative video department. The Balboa Park Learning Institute Customer Service video comes after having filmed, interviewed, and gathered footage since October 2013. The Learning Institute reached out to us in the summer of 2013 to document a project they were undertaking in the fall.  This marked the beginning of a fun and exciting new collaboration between BPLI and the BPOC video department.

The initiative, in conjunction with the launch of the Balboa Park Explorer and in preparation for the 2015 Centennial, is the result of a grant that the Balboa Park Learning Institute received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to implement a collaborative learning professional development program. 33 representatives from 17 Balboa Park institutions worked with experts from the field and one another to develop a Park-Wide strategy for creating consistent, excellent visitor experiences and a related customer service training.

It’s not always easy to produce videos...

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