MW Community of Practice: Accessibility, Community Coordinator

MW’s Communities of Practice are a new way to extend and grow the value and buzz of conversations and collaborations that start at MW conferences, through online and in-person interactions year-round. Communities of Practice include providers of innovative products and services as well as cultural heritage professionals, and create a context in which for-profit and non-profit practitioners can partner to mutual benefit. Through focused conversations, shared research and pan-institutional collaborations, communities of practice formulate, promulgate, and raise best practice in the field.

Each Community of Practice will meet at MW’s North American conference in Cleveland April 19-22, 2017 to get to know one another and set an agenda for the year. The year’s program will likely involve regular email correspondence among participants (e.g. via a listserv), online meetings and conference calls, webinars, as well as further in-person meetings. The Community Coordinator dedicates 5 hours per week to managing these exchanges, ensuring that community members remain engaged and informed about the work of the community and wider field in accessibility and its emergent tools and practices.Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Email exchanges that keep community members aware and engaged in the conversation;
  2. Researching the MW archives and beyond to share relevant articles, case studies and events with the community;
  3. Blogging about the community’s topics, members’ work, and recruiting guest bloggers;
  4. Creating e-newsletters for the community and relevant news items for the entire MW community;
  5. Helping organize webinars, conference calls, and online meetings of the community;
  6. Helping run online surveys and other research initiatives with community members and throughout the sector;
  7. Helping convene in-person community meetings at MW conferences and any other special events held throughout the year.

The Community Coordinator for the Accessibility Community of Practice is managed by MW staff and advised by Sina Bahram, Community Mentor, and senior leader in the field. The position is therefore an excellent opportunity for an emerging cultural heritage professional to develop knowledge of accessibility and a network of practitioners in the field. In the interest of diversifying talent in the field, MW is particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from backgrounds that are underrepresented in cultural heritage professions.

Remuneration is $15/hour for 5 hours/week for an initial 25 weeks period from April 17, 2017, with option to renew for an additional 25 weeks thereafter.

Please send resume to info@mwconf.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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About Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor is Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and of the MuseWeb Foundation, the new non-profit initiative of Museums and the Web, as well as Co-chair and Co-editor with Rich Cherry of MW’s international conferences and publications.

Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English.

Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded TheGalleryChannel.com in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started MuseumMobile.info, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal’s editorial board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Omnimuseum Project.