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Breaking Barriers: Navigating the Digital Frontier in Museums –A Workshop on Enhancing Accessibility and Engagement through Building Digital Collections
Pre-conference Workshop

Location: New York State Museum Museum Lab

Time: 1 - 3 PM

About: Want to build a digital collection but don’t know where to start? This workshop aims to empower institutions to set up a digital collections infrastructure. By the end, participants will have a broad understanding of digitization equipment, digital collections solutions and other resources required for success, will gain hands-on experience by setting up a practice site, including creating catalog records using metadata best practices, and will receive guidance for next steps. This workshop is designed for anyone looking to start digital collections. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for a hands-on experience.


Kelli Bogan, Independent Museum Professional

With over 15 years in the GLAM sector, Kelli Bogan is a consultant who specializes in digital collections and metadata management. Bridging tradition with innovation, she empowers organizations to leverage technology for enhanced accessibility and user experience. Formerly the Director of Archives and Digital Assets at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Kelli holds a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. in English, and an M.S.L.I.S. in Archives Management. She has also written extensively on metadata, digital collections, and web archiving.

Tom Blake, Independent Museum Professional

Presentation Format:

  • Experiential/Interactive

Session categories:

  • Shared the relevance and importance of collections, Expanded mission to serve new audiences

    What to expect:

    Participants will learn how to select digitization equipment, a CMS or DAMS, and will have a concrete list of next steps to get started on their project.

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    If for any reason, MANY cancels a pre-conference workshop, we will issue you a full refund. 

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