SlideShare a Scribd company logo
1 of 33
Robert Stein, Dallas Museum of Art
@rjstein

WHAT’S A MUSEUM
TECHNOLOGIST ANYWAY?
“We have all a better
guide in ourselves, if
we would attend to it,
than any other person
can be.”
     - Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
WE’VE GOT LOTS
OF QUESTIONS
378 RESPONSES

4/2/2013 – 4/16/2013


SAMPLE SIZE = 358 FOR
THIS PRESENTATION
Survey Respondents by Gender                Survey Respondents by Educational Attainment
             (n=358)                                            (n=358)
                                                        2% 1% 2%
                                                                                  Associates Degree

                                                                                  College or University
                                                                     30%          Degree
44%
                                 Female                                           Graduate or Post-
                                 Male                                             Graduate Degree
                    56%
                                                                                  High School
                                                  65%
                                                                                  I prefer not to
                                                                                  answer




                                                  Survey Respondents by Age (n=358)
                                   40.00%
                                   35.00%
                                   30.00%
                                   25.00%
                                   20.00%
                                   15.00%
                                   10.00%
                                    5.00%
                                    0.00%
                                            20s          30s        40s        50s            60s
How long have you worked in/around museums? (n=358)
                 2%

                       11%




 41%                                         < 1 year
                                18%          1-3 years
                                             3-5 years
                                             5-10 years
                                             10 years or more




                      28%
Gender Distribution by Tenure (n=358)

100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%                                                                         Male
40%                                                                         Female
30%
20%
10%
 0%
       < 1 year   1-3 years    3-5 years    5-10 years   10 years or more
Do you Currently use Media, Technology, or the Web in a
Professional Capacity to Support the Mission of a Museum?
              1%
         6%


17%                                       Yes - I work for a museum directly



                                          Yes - I work for a company that
                                          supports museums

                                          Yes - I am a student or professor
                                          that studies museums and
                                          technology
                        76%
                                          No - but I'm struck by how
                                          attractive and intelligent you all
                                          are
Do you Consider Yourself a Museum Technologist?
                    (n=358)




   32%


                                                  Yes
                                                  No


                                68%
Identification as a Museum Technologist by
                                                         Tenure in Museums (n=358)
                                          100%
                                           90%
                                           80%
Do you Consider Yourself a Museum          70%
      Technologist? (n=358)                60%                                                No
                                           50%                                                Yes
                                           40%
                                                 < 1 year    1-3     3-5    5-10 10 years
                                                            years   years   years or more
 32%

                                    Yes
                                    No           Identification as a Museum Technologist by
                                                                Gender (n=358)
                    68%                   100%
                                           80%
                                           60%
                                                                                              No
                                           40%
                                                                                              Yes
                                           20%
                                            0%
                                                         Female               Male
Identification as a Museum Technologist by Employer Type
100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%                                                                                                 Yes

30%                                                                                                 No

20%

10%

 0%
       Yes - I work for a      Yes - I work for a Yes - I am a student or No - but I'm struck by
       museum directly      company that supports professor that studies how attractive and
                                  museums             museums and         intelligent you all are
                                                         technology
SKILLS AND TRAINING
WHAT SKILLS ARE
CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS IN
              MUSEUM
TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA, AN
           D THE WEB?
What tasks do you typically perform as a part of
                      your job? (n=358)

                Helpdesk

                        IT

           Exhibit Design

     Attending Meetings

        Cataloging Tasks

   In-Gallery Interactives

          Leading Teams

               Evaluation

Educational Programming

         Media Creation

        Content Creation

                Software

                             0   50   100   150   200   250   300
Most Frequent Areas of Professional Training (n=358)
                    0     20        40        60        80       100   120

Art and/or Design

      Technology

 Museum Studies

          History

         Science

       Education

  Creative Media

       Marketing

  Creative Media
My Daily Work is Primarily in the Area of My Professional
                    Training (n=358)




    39%


                                                            Yes
                                                            No

                                          61%
68% OF RESPONDENTS SELF-IDENTIFY AS A
MUSEUM TECHNOLOGIST, BUT ONLY 30% HAVE
ANY PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN TECHNOLOGY
(108/358)
Professional Tasks by Gender (n=158)
80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%
                                             Female
20%
                                             Male
10%

0%
THE IMPACT OF

PROFESSIONAL
NETWORKS
Connection to Peers in Other Museums (n=358)




                   4%                   I do not feel connected to
                                        other museum professionals
                                        at this time.
                         16%
                                        There are only a few
                                        colleagues I know and feel
39%                                     connected to (1-5)
                                        There are a handful of
                                        colleagues I know and feel
                                        connected to (5-10)
                               20%      There are many colleagues I
                                        know and feel connected to
                                        (10-15)
                                        There are dozens of
                                        museum colleagues I know
             21%                        and feel connected to (15+)
Degree of Professional Connection by Tenure in Museums (n=358)
100%

90%
                                                                   There are dozens of museum
80%                                                                colleagues I know and feel
                                                                   connected to (15+)
70%
                                                                   There are many colleagues I know
60%                                                                and feel connected to (10-15)

50%                                                                There are a handful of colleagues I
40%                                                                know and feel connected to (5-10)

30%                                                                There are only a few colleagues I
                                                                   know and feel connected to (1-5)
20%

10%                                                                I do not feel connected to other
                                                                   museum professionals at this
 0%                                                                time.
       < 1 year   1-3 years   3-5 years   5-10 years 10 years or
                                                        more
Degree of Professional Connection by Tenure in Museums (n=358)
100%

90%
                                                                   There are dozens of museum
80%                                                                colleagues I know and feel
                                                                   connected to (15+)
70%
                                                                   There are many colleagues I know
60%                                                                and feel connected to (10-15)

50%                                                                There are a handful of colleagues I
40%                                                                know and feel connected to (5-10)

30%                                                                There are only a few colleagues I
                                                                   know and feel connected to (1-5)
20%

10%                                                                I do not feel connected to other
                                                                   museum professionals at this
 0%                                                                time.
       < 1 year   1-3 years   3-5 years   5-10 years 10 years or
                                                        more
CAREER PATH



              Flickr Credit ~/skinnyde
Anticipated Frequency of Job Change (n=358)
35.00%


30.00%


25.00%


20.00%


15.00%


10.00%


 5.00%


 0.00%
         > 10 years       1-3 years   3-5 years   5-7 years   7-10 years   Annually
How do you feel you can best accomplish your long-term career
                                 goals? (n=358)
160

140

120

100

80

60

40

20

 0
      Current Position   Different Role   Different Museum   Different Industry   Uncertain
Likely Factors to Leave the Museum Field (n=358)
60%


50%


40%


30%


20%


10%


0%
      Salary       A change of pace to Starting my own   Leading a larger   Working for a high
                      try something        business           team           profile business
                         different
If you were to stay in the museum field, what factors
              would keep you here? Importance 0-5 (n=358)
                                            3      4              5


      Personal enjoyment in your work


The ability to see the positive impact of
                               your work


                    Work / Life balance


         Opportunities for professional
                         advancement


          A close network of colleagues



             Stability and predictability
Influence of Professional Network Strength on Likely Career
                                  Path (n=358)
4.5


 4


3.5


 3


2.5


 2
      Current Position   Different Role    Different Museum Different Industry   Uncertain

                               Average Degree of Professional Connection
I feel that my direct supervisor accurately   I feel that my direct supervisor understands the
understands and appreciates my role in the     nuances of technology, media, and the web for
             museum. 1-5 (n=358)                             museums. 1-5 (n=358)




          Neutral      Unfavorable                        Neutral
           21%            15%                              22%
                                                                           Unfavorable
                                                                              29%




                       Favorable                            Favorable
                         64%                                  49%
I feel that the senior leadership at my museum   I feel that the senior leadership at my museum
   accurately understands and appreciates my          accurately understands the nuances of
        work in the museum. 1-5 (n=358)               tech, media, and the web. 1-5 (n=358)




        Neutral            Unfavorable                    Neutral
         32%                  24%                          29%
                                                                              Unfavorable
                                                                                 41%




                         Favorable                           Favorable
                           44%                                 30%
Perceived Management Ratings (0-5)
                        Influence on Likely Career Path (n=358)
4.5

 4
                                                                 Supervisors Appreciation of my
                                                                 work
3.5
                                                                 Supervisors knowledge of
                                                                 media, tech, and web
 3
                                                                 Senior Management appreciation
                                                                 of my work
2.5
                                                                 Senior Management knowledge
      Current    Different   Different   Different   Uncertain
                                                                 of media, tech, and web
 2    Position     Role      Museum      Industry


1.5
WE’VE STILL GOT LOTS
OF QUESTIONS
HOW ABOUT YOU?

More Related Content

More from Robert J. Stein

Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...
Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...
Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...
Robert J. Stein
 
DMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with Art
DMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with ArtDMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with Art
DMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with Art
Robert J. Stein
 
Preparing for a multi platform world
Preparing for a multi platform worldPreparing for a multi platform world
Preparing for a multi platform world
Robert J. Stein
 

More from Robert J. Stein (20)

GOALS: Putting Data at the Heart of your Museum
GOALS: Putting Data at the Heart of your MuseumGOALS: Putting Data at the Heart of your Museum
GOALS: Putting Data at the Heart of your Museum
 
A Body in Balance - Imagining and Ecology of Museums
A Body in Balance - Imagining and Ecology of MuseumsA Body in Balance - Imagining and Ecology of Museums
A Body in Balance - Imagining and Ecology of Museums
 
Museums and Big Data — Supporting Exploration, Innovation, and Audience Engag...
Museums and Big Data — Supporting Exploration, Innovation, and Audience Engag...Museums and Big Data — Supporting Exploration, Innovation, and Audience Engag...
Museums and Big Data — Supporting Exploration, Innovation, and Audience Engag...
 
Storytelling: Just Tall Tales or the Future of Museums?
Storytelling: Just Tall Tales or the Future of Museums?Storytelling: Just Tall Tales or the Future of Museums?
Storytelling: Just Tall Tales or the Future of Museums?
 
Musuems... So What?
Musuems... So What?Musuems... So What?
Musuems... So What?
 
Charting the Course: Using Data in the Museum to Explore, Innovate, and Reach...
Charting the Course: Using Data in the Museum to Explore, Innovate, and Reach...Charting the Course: Using Data in the Museum to Explore, Innovate, and Reach...
Charting the Course: Using Data in the Museum to Explore, Innovate, and Reach...
 
Desperately Seeking Innovation: Making Connections Between Art and Science
Desperately Seeking Innovation: Making Connections Between Art and ScienceDesperately Seeking Innovation: Making Connections Between Art and Science
Desperately Seeking Innovation: Making Connections Between Art and Science
 
Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...
Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...
Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue that Binds Cultural ...
 
Reading the Tea Leaves: Global Trends and Opportunities for Tomorrow's Museums
Reading the Tea Leaves: Global Trends and Opportunities for Tomorrow's MuseumsReading the Tea Leaves: Global Trends and Opportunities for Tomorrow's Museums
Reading the Tea Leaves: Global Trends and Opportunities for Tomorrow's Museums
 
Experience Mining: Understanding Cultural Participation in Museums
Experience Mining: Understanding Cultural Participation in MuseumsExperience Mining: Understanding Cultural Participation in Museums
Experience Mining: Understanding Cultural Participation in Museums
 
Smart Cities Need Smart Museums
Smart Cities Need Smart MuseumsSmart Cities Need Smart Museums
Smart Cities Need Smart Museums
 
Friends with Benefits
Friends with BenefitsFriends with Benefits
Friends with Benefits
 
Museums and the Future of wearables
Museums and the Future of wearablesMuseums and the Future of wearables
Museums and the Future of wearables
 
Mw2014 friends analytics
Mw2014 friends analyticsMw2014 friends analytics
Mw2014 friends analytics
 
Participation at Scale: Leveraging incentive and gamification to promote muse...
Participation at Scale: Leveraging incentive and gamification to promote muse...Participation at Scale: Leveraging incentive and gamification to promote muse...
Participation at Scale: Leveraging incentive and gamification to promote muse...
 
Museums and Civic Responsibility
Museums and Civic ResponsibilityMuseums and Civic Responsibility
Museums and Civic Responsibility
 
DMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with Art
DMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with ArtDMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with Art
DMA Friends - Promoting Participation and Engagement with Art
 
Preparing for a multi platform world
Preparing for a multi platform worldPreparing for a multi platform world
Preparing for a multi platform world
 
Nurturing Engagement
Nurturing EngagementNurturing Engagement
Nurturing Engagement
 
Visitor Engagement Online and Onsite
Visitor Engagement Online and OnsiteVisitor Engagement Online and Onsite
Visitor Engagement Online and Onsite
 

What is a museum technologist

  • 1. Robert Stein, Dallas Museum of Art @rjstein WHAT’S A MUSEUM TECHNOLOGIST ANYWAY?
  • 2. “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” - Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
  • 4. 378 RESPONSES 4/2/2013 – 4/16/2013 SAMPLE SIZE = 358 FOR THIS PRESENTATION
  • 5. Survey Respondents by Gender Survey Respondents by Educational Attainment (n=358) (n=358) 2% 1% 2% Associates Degree College or University 30% Degree 44% Female Graduate or Post- Male Graduate Degree 56% High School 65% I prefer not to answer Survey Respondents by Age (n=358) 40.00% 35.00% 30.00% 25.00% 20.00% 15.00% 10.00% 5.00% 0.00% 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s
  • 6. How long have you worked in/around museums? (n=358) 2% 11% 41% < 1 year 18% 1-3 years 3-5 years 5-10 years 10 years or more 28%
  • 7. Gender Distribution by Tenure (n=358) 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% Male 40% Female 30% 20% 10% 0% < 1 year 1-3 years 3-5 years 5-10 years 10 years or more
  • 8. Do you Currently use Media, Technology, or the Web in a Professional Capacity to Support the Mission of a Museum? 1% 6% 17% Yes - I work for a museum directly Yes - I work for a company that supports museums Yes - I am a student or professor that studies museums and technology 76% No - but I'm struck by how attractive and intelligent you all are
  • 9. Do you Consider Yourself a Museum Technologist? (n=358) 32% Yes No 68%
  • 10. Identification as a Museum Technologist by Tenure in Museums (n=358) 100% 90% 80% Do you Consider Yourself a Museum 70% Technologist? (n=358) 60% No 50% Yes 40% < 1 year 1-3 3-5 5-10 10 years years years years or more 32% Yes No Identification as a Museum Technologist by Gender (n=358) 68% 100% 80% 60% No 40% Yes 20% 0% Female Male
  • 11. Identification as a Museum Technologist by Employer Type 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% Yes 30% No 20% 10% 0% Yes - I work for a Yes - I work for a Yes - I am a student or No - but I'm struck by museum directly company that supports professor that studies how attractive and museums museums and intelligent you all are technology
  • 13. WHAT SKILLS ARE CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS IN MUSEUM TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA, AN D THE WEB?
  • 14. What tasks do you typically perform as a part of your job? (n=358) Helpdesk IT Exhibit Design Attending Meetings Cataloging Tasks In-Gallery Interactives Leading Teams Evaluation Educational Programming Media Creation Content Creation Software 0 50 100 150 200 250 300
  • 15. Most Frequent Areas of Professional Training (n=358) 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Art and/or Design Technology Museum Studies History Science Education Creative Media Marketing Creative Media
  • 16. My Daily Work is Primarily in the Area of My Professional Training (n=358) 39% Yes No 61%
  • 17. 68% OF RESPONDENTS SELF-IDENTIFY AS A MUSEUM TECHNOLOGIST, BUT ONLY 30% HAVE ANY PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN TECHNOLOGY (108/358)
  • 18. Professional Tasks by Gender (n=158) 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% Female 20% Male 10% 0%
  • 20. Connection to Peers in Other Museums (n=358) 4% I do not feel connected to other museum professionals at this time. 16% There are only a few colleagues I know and feel 39% connected to (1-5) There are a handful of colleagues I know and feel connected to (5-10) 20% There are many colleagues I know and feel connected to (10-15) There are dozens of museum colleagues I know 21% and feel connected to (15+)
  • 21. Degree of Professional Connection by Tenure in Museums (n=358) 100% 90% There are dozens of museum 80% colleagues I know and feel connected to (15+) 70% There are many colleagues I know 60% and feel connected to (10-15) 50% There are a handful of colleagues I 40% know and feel connected to (5-10) 30% There are only a few colleagues I know and feel connected to (1-5) 20% 10% I do not feel connected to other museum professionals at this 0% time. < 1 year 1-3 years 3-5 years 5-10 years 10 years or more
  • 22. Degree of Professional Connection by Tenure in Museums (n=358) 100% 90% There are dozens of museum 80% colleagues I know and feel connected to (15+) 70% There are many colleagues I know 60% and feel connected to (10-15) 50% There are a handful of colleagues I 40% know and feel connected to (5-10) 30% There are only a few colleagues I know and feel connected to (1-5) 20% 10% I do not feel connected to other museum professionals at this 0% time. < 1 year 1-3 years 3-5 years 5-10 years 10 years or more
  • 23. CAREER PATH Flickr Credit ~/skinnyde
  • 24. Anticipated Frequency of Job Change (n=358) 35.00% 30.00% 25.00% 20.00% 15.00% 10.00% 5.00% 0.00% > 10 years 1-3 years 3-5 years 5-7 years 7-10 years Annually
  • 25. How do you feel you can best accomplish your long-term career goals? (n=358) 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 Current Position Different Role Different Museum Different Industry Uncertain
  • 26. Likely Factors to Leave the Museum Field (n=358) 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Salary A change of pace to Starting my own Leading a larger Working for a high try something business team profile business different
  • 27. If you were to stay in the museum field, what factors would keep you here? Importance 0-5 (n=358) 3 4 5 Personal enjoyment in your work The ability to see the positive impact of your work Work / Life balance Opportunities for professional advancement A close network of colleagues Stability and predictability
  • 28. Influence of Professional Network Strength on Likely Career Path (n=358) 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 Current Position Different Role Different Museum Different Industry Uncertain Average Degree of Professional Connection
  • 29. I feel that my direct supervisor accurately I feel that my direct supervisor understands the understands and appreciates my role in the nuances of technology, media, and the web for museum. 1-5 (n=358) museums. 1-5 (n=358) Neutral Unfavorable Neutral 21% 15% 22% Unfavorable 29% Favorable Favorable 64% 49%
  • 30. I feel that the senior leadership at my museum I feel that the senior leadership at my museum accurately understands and appreciates my accurately understands the nuances of work in the museum. 1-5 (n=358) tech, media, and the web. 1-5 (n=358) Neutral Unfavorable Neutral 32% 24% 29% Unfavorable 41% Favorable Favorable 44% 30%
  • 31. Perceived Management Ratings (0-5) Influence on Likely Career Path (n=358) 4.5 4 Supervisors Appreciation of my work 3.5 Supervisors knowledge of media, tech, and web 3 Senior Management appreciation of my work 2.5 Senior Management knowledge Current Different Different Different Uncertain of media, tech, and web 2 Position Role Museum Industry 1.5
  • 32. WE’VE STILL GOT LOTS OF QUESTIONS