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MCN 2018 Program Committee – Call for Program Committee Members

Time flies and before you know it we’ll all be in Denver for MCN2018. If you’ve always thought you’d love to contribute to the planning of the conference then this is your opportunity and we’d love to hear from you.

The MCN2018 Program Committee is seeking about 40 museum professionals to play a significant role in shaping this year’s conference, representing a diversity of institutions, perspectives, and skills. This committee will help shape this year’s conference which is being held Nov. 13-16 in Denver.

What does the Program Committee do?

Through online discussions, the Program Committee is a think tank that determines the most important themes and trends in the field, identifies new programming opportunities, and brainstorms possible speakers. Most significantly, members are the backbone of the conference proposal evaluation process. (But don’t worry—participating in the committee will not preclude you from submitting your own proposal!)

In February, the Program Committee will discuss and choose a theme for this year’s conference; soon after, the committee will identify possible keynote speakers.

In May, after the close of MCN’s Call for Proposals, individual session proposals are assigned for evaluation to Program Committee members with relevant professional expertise on the topic. Members are asked to provide feedback through a formalized process and are given 10-14 days to complete their evaluations. Next, the Program Co-Chairs assemble the conference schedule primarily based on the committee’s feedback.

If you have expertise in any of the following areas we are particularly interested.

  • Digital Education
  • Interpretive Media
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Informational Technology (IT)
  • Digital Asset Management (DAM)
  • Social Media
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Media Production & Branding
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Data and Insights
  • Digital Imaging
  • Intellectual Property
  • Publishing
  • Experience Design
  • Digital Storytelling

We are actively seeking a diversity of organizations in both size and focus including, but not limited to:

  • Science Museums, Zoos, and/or Aquariums
  • Art Museums and Centers
  • Natural History Museums
  • Historic Houses
  • Libraries
  • Archives  

including small, international and academic institutions.

If you are interested please submit details of your interest on the following online form. Have a question we didn’t answer here? Email the Program Co-Chairs at [email protected].

Deadline: Saturday, January 27th, 2018

-Adrienne Lalli Hills, Rob Weisberg, and Catherine Devine

MCN 2018 Program Co-Chairs


Welcome our new Program co-chairs

Hello, MCN community!

Robert Weisberg, Program Chair, here, and I’m thrilled to announce your two new co-chairs for MCN in 2018 and 2019—Adrienne Lalli Hills, Manager, Digital Learning, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and Catherine Devine, Chief Digital Officer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. They’re joining me and the MCN leadership team which is already planning MCN2018 in Denver in just under 10 months!

Thank you to everyone who applied and everyone else in the community who took interest in the application call through social media. We want to repay and make good on this enthusiasm by bringing you a constantly-improving and -evolving conference this year and in the future. Stay tuned for more news about and opportunities to participate in MCN.

So please welcome your new co-chairs, joining me on the Program Team.

Robert Weisberg
MCN Program Chair

Adrienne Lalli Hills

Hi, I’m Adrienne! I’m a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma presently living in Kansas City, Missouri. I’m passionate about lifelong learning in museums and informal education settings. I love the MCN community and look forward to serving as a program co-chair for the 2018-19 conferences.

As Manager, Digital Learning at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, I collaborate with IT, design, education, and curatorial colleagues to create in-gallery, mobile, and web-based visitor experiences. Over the last 10 years, I’ve worked as an interpretive planner, program specialist, and teaching artist at art, science, and children’s museums.

When I’m not thinking about museums, I’m singing karaoke, reading science non-fiction, playing with my toddler, and keeping my 1920s-era bungalow shipshape.


Catherine Devine

I’m currently the Chief Digital Officer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I’m originally Australian, having spent the past 19 years in the United States after migrating to the US at the time of the first dotcom boom in 1999. I’ve held the CDO role for 6 years and spend my days thinking about existing and emerging digital technologies, how they can be leveraged to work with the Museum experience inside and outside of the museum to create an authentic Museum experience. I believe strongly that digital is a transformative technology that adds to the experience.

My current role in Museums builds on a 30-year career in technology and digital strategy and delivery across a variety of industries including finance, internet, e-commerce and consulting. Some notable clients and employers have included America Online, Ralph Lauren, Estee Lauder, PBS, Avaya, and JetBlue.