Book-in-progress critique session: The Revolution Has Been Digitized – a Toolkit for the Future of Museums

Birds of a Feather

Tuesday, April 06, 2021: 2:00pm - 3:30pm - - Birds of a Feather

Barry Joseph, Barry Joseph Consulting, USA

Inspired by my 6 years as Associate Director of Digital Learning at the American Museum of Natural History, and my 350+ blog posts documenting that work and of others leading digital innovations at museums around the world, I am writing a new book. It will be published by AAM in 2022. At the time this is being submitted, it is called: The Future has Been Digitized – a Toolkit for the Future of Museums. This critique session is designed to give you – my fellow museum peers – an early look at the book under development so you can provide feedback and insure it will be an effective tool to advance your work and support those around you.

The book takes the readers behind the scenes to learn how the American Museum of Natural History innovated visitor digital engagement through a public-facing iterative design process while highlighting design techniques used both there and at museums around the world. Based on the bleeding-edge work I was fortunate enough to lead, readers will learn how to apply my Five Tools of Digital Design and take inspiration from rich and engaging case studies that span both subject matter (like constellations, microbial life, and dinosaur fossils) and digital engagement (through tools like mobile apps, augmented reality, and telepresence robots). Each case study will be enhanced with and contextualized by readings on related work from museums around the world.

The book will be designed to be used as a resource – for a designer or instructor to dig deeper into a particular subject area or digital tool– or it can be read from beginning to end to provide a more comprehensive experience. Woven throughout will be biographical elements that highlight my process of getting into a museum, and my process of exiting, providing one model of a career in museums for those seeking advice or whom enjoy a compelling yarn.