Things have certainly been busy in the virtual (and real) world as many of us prepare for the AAM conference. In case it’s starting to wear you out, you’ll probably be glad to know this will be our last post on the topic until next Tuesday when I attempt to live-blog a full day of events (wish me luck!). Tomorrow we’ll be back to some of our more regular programming with another “Museum Moonlighters” profile. In the meantime, there are two more things I’d like to bring to people’s attention or at least touch on briefly.
Twitter at #AAM2012
The first of those is a short list of who to follow on twitter during the AAM conference. We’ve already recommended that EMPs hop on twitter to keep in touch with one another and other attendees about events and interesting tidbits they’ve learned, and now we’d like to share a few of our favorite people to follow over the next week. This can also be good for those of you who can’t make it and can’t afford the virtual registration cost ($119 for the full conference for AAM members), as a means of keeping up with the conversations that are taking place in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Remember to look for the tags #AAM2012 and #aamEMPs. Also, many thanks to Adrianne Russel from over at Cabinet of Curiosities for helping compile this list!
- Speaking of which, we definitely recommend that you follow Adrianne herself!
- Having told others to keep up on twitter, I realized I tweeted for Bay Area EMP last year, and needed an account of my own! You can find me over at CaitlinEMP.
- If you liked Kate’s post Tuesday about conference wardrobes, you can follow her at KLBMacIntosh.
- Of course (like BAEMP) we love all our EMP regional groups on twitter! Check out Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Washington DC, and Philly.
- National groups like AAM, the Center for the Future of Museums, NEMA, and IMLS.
- There’s a huge list of wonderful individuals that are passionate about museums, and have been working tirelessly for months or years to bring people more information about them through social media. Not all of them will be at the AAM meeting, but we wanted to raise awareness about them anyway. You may want to peek at a few examples to see who matches your interests. Our recommendations include Museums365, Janet Carding, Colleen Dilen, Sarah St. Scrimshaw, ExposYourMuseum (one of the top tweeters at last year’s conference), Sluggernova, Guzel DuChateau (our fabulous EMP advisor at AAM!), Linda Norris, Unmuseum, Sarah Banks, Paige Dansinger, Nina Simon, and Liz Neely.
Open Invitation to Chat About the EMP Blog!
I mentioned last week that I would be available at the AAM Showcase in the Museum Expo during the Open Hour on Tuesday from 3:30-5:00. I wanted to reiterate that I’d be delighted if some of you stopped by to chat. I’ll be around to talk about how you can contribute to the EMP Blog, topics you’d like to see in the future, if you think we need to take more risks with topics (I usually think this, so I’d love to know if you do too!), or if you’d just like to find out more about the EMP movement in general. There’s no competing sessions during this time, so it’s the perfect moment to come down and say hello. I hope some of you will join me!
If you aren’t able to make it, or won’t be at AAM, I always welcome your ideas in the comments or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading, and we’ll be back again tomorrow!