Late last month, we ran the first of what will (hopefully) be many twebevents. With Cecilia Garibay and Lisa Sasaki joining Elizabeth Merritt and Phil Katz, we spent an hour on Twitter sharing information about demographics and museums, how to gain a diverse audience and staff; and ultimately shared links to information out on the Web.
This was my first time working in this format and I found it fascinating. It included all the things you find in a regular chatroom, but with all the constraints of Twitter. Having only 140 characters (less obviously once you start using hashtags) makes for some very sharp thinking. How do you express a big thought in a simple and clear manner? Want to see how successful we were? Check out the transcript of the tweets here.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the best parts of this event were the links that we shared. Here is a brief rundown on some of them. Check it out and let us know your thoughts. Also, we are interested in doing more of these in the future, so let us know what topics you’re interested in discussing. Perhaps you could be a panelist!
- American FactFinder
Source of basic demographic data
- Pew Research Center
Social and demographic trends
- Population Reference Center
Information for people around the world about population, health and the environment.
- Engaging Diverse Activities in America
From the Japanese American National Museum
- Race Remixed: Kids choosing “all of the above”
Article from the New York Times
- Danforth Museum
Teen program exploring art/museum career options
- Royal British Columbia Museum
Behind the Scenes exhibit at the Royal British Columbia Museum
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
Predicts museum jobs to increase faster than average
- Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Offering internships to high school students