Manager of Museum Information Services / Registrar of Collections
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
Rob Lancefield leads digital work at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (Connecticut, US), where he initiated and led the policy development and technical implementation of DAC Open Access Images in 2012. His interests include digital collections strategy, digitization project design, content sharing for aggregated access, helping people lead their museums to offer open content, and nonprofit governance.
A former president of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), the professional organization for people who do digital work in museums, Rob now serves on the MCN Finance and Program Committees. He currently chairs the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Council of Affiliates, a council of leadership representatives from 27 national organizations in the museum field, and represents MCN on that council. Rob also is a co-founding member of the ImageMuse discussion group, which has grown to connect more than 500 digital imaging professionals in museums and other cultural heritage institutions.
Rob has spoken on open content, collection digitization, getting projects done, providing images online, repatriating sound from archives to heritage communities, and other topics at MCN, Museums & the Web, AAM, Society for Ethnomusicology, and other conferences. His PhD dissertation examined how experiences of the musical voice and body lent false credence to beliefs about racial difference, and he curated the traveling exhibition "Performing Images, Embodying Race" on related visual culture. Rob also produced the 2011 reissue of 1980s recordings by Talking Drums (http://talkingdrums.us), an ensemble of Ghanaian and American musicians including himself, for re-release by the American Composers Forum on innova Recordings.