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Call for proposals

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MCN 2010 Call for Proposals


All year long, you've been tapping into the incredible insights and experience of the MCN community through its Email Listserv, Website and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Now's your chance to meet up with all those brilliant colleagues in person at the annual conference in Austin, Texas Oct 27-30, 2010!


This year's innovative program has two great opportunities to get involved:

  1. Papers, panels, round-tables, workshops and showcases on the theme of I/O: The Museum Inside-Out/Outside-In 
  2. And if your proposal doesn't fit there, why not organize a session in our "slow unconference" Seizing the Tiger by the Longtail. [So just what is an unconference?]


And what better time to "help keep Austin weird" than Halloween? Live music capital of the world, Austin is also famed for its extravagant Day of the Dead celebrations that showcase the creativity of its locals and visitors alike for days on end. Austin will welcome us with some of the best food in America and super comfortable digs at the Sheraton Austin at The Capitol


Submit your proposal here


Online Proposal Submission Dates


  • First day to submit proposals: Monday, April 5, 2010


  • Final day to submit proposals: Monday, May 3, 2010 Deadline extended to Wednesday 19 May 2010!



Conference Topics for papers, panels, roundtables and more... 

  • Behind the scenes and transparency in the museum
  • Commons and digital collections
  • Igniting the Imagination: building communities locally and globally, on-site and online
  • Open Source, Open Content, Open Learning
  • Democratizing Access
  • User-generated and museum content: quality, trust, reputation and relevance
  • Integrated communication strategies in print and online
  • Bridging the Digital Divide


Presentation Formats

  • Individual Paper: 20-30 min presentation; optional written paper (5,000 words) or wiki contribution


  • Case Study Showcase: 5 minute presentation followed by break-out discussions


  • Complete Panel: 3-4 presenters united by a common theme


  • Roundtable: moderated discussion of a theme without formal presentations by panelists


  • Half-Day Workshop: hands-on learning activity for smaller groups


  • Full-Day Workshop: hands-on learning activity for smaller groups


  • Demos: for non-profits who want to demonstrate and road test their new digital programs, products and initiatives with conference attendees



  • Other... surprise and inspire us!   


If the topic or problem you most urgently need to discuss with your peers and experts in the field is not covered by the scheduled papers and sessions, then consider proposing an unconference session through this wiki and MCN's program committee will help bring together the conference's brightest and most experienced minds for your unconference session.


Submission Guidelines


  • The Individual Paper and Case Study Showcase formats are designed for single presenters.


  • The Complete Panel, Roundtable, and Workshop formats are designed for more than one presenter. For these formats, please supply the names of all presenters – even if tentative or unconfirmed. For any unconfirmed presenters, please indicate "unconfirmed" in parentheses after the last name.


  • Unconference sessions can be proposed on the MCN2010 Wiki. A program committee member will help facilitate the development of your unconference session and any publication/documentation that comes out of it.


NOTE: Priority will be given to submissions with all necessary fields complete. Submissions with unspecified presenters will not be considered.


About MCN

Founded in 1967, MCN is the oldest and only non-profit professional organization in the museum field that addresses technology in a truly cross-disciplinary way. Through increasingly diverse and sophisticated programming both online and at the annual conference, MCN enables conversations that transcend the technology ghetto. Through its world-famous Email Listserv, Website and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), MCN's members forge connections that are at once collegial and meaningful in their impact on museums and their publics. The annual conference has gone from strength to strength, and in 2010 will offer its most diverse and innovative program ever, as well as the critical opportunity for members to meet and develop their professional skills and networks in person.


Need more information? Have questions?


If you have any questions, please leave them here so we can answer them for all or contact:


Nancy Proctor, Conference Program Chair

nancy [at] pinkink [dot] net


We look forward to hearing from you!


On behalf of the MCN 2010 Program Committee,

Nancy Proctor, Program Chair


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