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I lost count of how many people shared their adoption stories with us and gave me words of encouragement. I used the example of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which has a mission statement that includes unusual words like bold and fearless. If your institution says it is bold and fearless, how do your programs support that? People bonded over all kinds of skills, from helping digitize collections to performing outcome assessments to strategizing about new programs. Its a motivator that has no intrinsic value - certainly less value than the outcome of the activity of finding a helpmeet in your work. And apparently some people LOVE finding grammatical errors. Beginners and advanced users alike love the ability to create custom landing pages or simply fine-tune the templates provided by SeedProd. David and Rosemary always give us the impression than they like nothing better than to have a heap of noisy, hungry people come on board, eat and drink and then go home leaving them with all the washing up. When you speak in the language of the institutional mission, executives will understand you better and be attentive to the new connections you draw from the mission to proposed projects. If you say, being transparent is part of our mission, so we need a way to share more of the behind-the-scenes everyday work we do here, and since people here are comfortable writing and taking pictures, the best way to do that is via a blog, then people will come onboard. The Minnesota History Center team solicited visitor nominations for exhibition topics and then built an exhibition out of those contributions. Unlike most traditional cultural products, projects that encourage visitor participation require staff to tend the garden of contributions long after the launch date. Its not helpful to just measure outputs (number of visitor comments, length of stay) if those dont translate to something that staff understand as useful outcomes. Sometimes staff are unaware of their own cultural biases and requirements even as they manage new projects. Pushing forward new projects in your own institution can be a tiring and thankless task. Assessment tools like the Museums, Libraries, a...
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