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Welcome to the Museum Librarians and Archivists Group (MLAG) formerly the London Museum and Librarians Group (LMLAG)

Museum Week comes to twitter again 23-29 March 2015 (Get involved!)

Museum Week 23 – 29 March 2015

It is here again for the 2nd year and this year why not take part and join in the fun?!

Each day there is a different theme, offering us all an opportunity to demonstrate the variety, breadth and relevance of all areas of our collections………and sharing this with twittersville!

From my experience of Museum Week 2014 the amount of interactions with people and other institutions as a result of our tweets was huge! In particular new interactions with those who had not not come across us before. We had some fascinating conversations with people about our collections and why they found them interesting and exciting. We also learnt an incredible amount about the collections of other organisations and discovered common ground.

We all know the potential our collections have in the broad interest that they can have, well this week really enables us to show that.

Here is a list of the tags for each day, click on each to find out more:

Monday – #secretsMW
Tuesday – #souvenirsMW
Wednesday – #architectureMW
Thursday – #inspirationMW
Friday – #FamilyMW
Saturday – #FavMW
Sunday – #PoseMW

What to do next??

  1. Read more via Mar Dixon’s blog http://www.mardixon.com and http://museumweek2015.org
  2. Pass the information to your team and start thinking of clever ways your collections could be used for the different days. Don’t always think straight down the line, be creative and have fun! You may only have a few people tweeting on behalf of your organisation, but you have a bigger pool of staff with a head full of brilliant ideas!!
  3. Schedule your tweets now and save time!
  4. Don’t have access to your own library/archive twitter account? Get chatting now to the staff who mange your museum/organisation twitter account. Is your organisation already registered as taking part? As i write this so far 799 museums have signed up!!

Limited resources? How much time and effort is needed?

  1. Each MLAG member has their own unique collections, play to your strengths. Look at the themes and choose the one that you know you can offer material for.
  2. For bigger organisations with numerous twitter accounts, share your efforts out and spread out the work! After all variety is the spice of life!!
  3. Sites such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite allow you to schedule tweets ahead of time, including those with an image.

@MLAGuk will retweet as much as possible through the week. But if you have anything in particular you wish to promote message us or email me h.pethers@nhm.ac.uk and I will do my best.

If you have a personal twitter account, join in and help us by retweeting and liking tweets by Museum accounts particularly promoting library and archive collections, staff and users.

The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library and archive collections

MLAG Conference 2015 #mlag15

Friday 24th April Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Providing online access to library and archive collections has never been more important for promoting and increasing awareness to our hidden treasures.  At this conference we want to explore:

  • how museums and art galleries can start the digitisation process and demystify the often complex world of digitisation, no matter what your budget
  • case studies from museums and art galleries who have begun digitising their collections, and highlight particular areas of interest or successes in these projects.

The conference will include presentations, poster sessions and a panel discussion as well as tours of the Internet Archive digitisation suite (numbers for the tours are strictly limited and must be booked in advance).

Tickets are priced at £15 and all are welcome, please see the link below for the full programme and ticketing information:

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/events/d-word-tips-and-tricks-digitising-library-and-archive-collections

National Art Library Vacancy – Reading and Study Rooms Manager

The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum is advertising for a ‘Reading and Study Rooms Manager’:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/jobs/apply/

Please pass on to anyone who may be interested. Deadline for applications is the 27th February and interviews will be held on Monday 16th March 2015.

Symposium: The Black Subject: Ancient to Modern

Tate Britain, Clore Auditorium

Saturday 21 February 2015, 11.00 – 18.00

£20, £14 concessions

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From characters from ancient mythology to the birth of modernism, this symposium takes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring relationships between artists and models, multi-racial interwar communities, historical subjects, sexuality, gender and the work of previously neglected artists.

The aim is to take a broad historical sweep, using the Tate collection as a starting point for a discussion on depictions of people of African and Asian decent in British art, tracing a journey from subject to subjectivity. Speakers include Dr Caroline Bressey, Dr David Dibosa, Kimathi Donkor, Prof.Partha Mitter Dr Miranda Kaufmann, Jan Marsh, SI Martin, Dr Roshan McClenahan, Dr Temi Odumosu, Dr Gemma Romain and Dr Florian Stadtler.

For more information click here.

The Equiano Centre, Department of Geography UCL, has been awarded funding from the AHRC to provide a limited number of grants for travel expenses for postgraduate students and community scholars to attend events in the series Black Subject: From Ancient to Modern. Find out more about grants for travel expenses.

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