News from CollectionSpace

Planning Your Digital Roadmap

Selecting a new Collection Management System (CMS) is an exciting and often stressful endeavor, with many museums getting stuck in the assessment / planning phase.

In this brand-new class offered this month you will learn how to create a digital roadmap for your institution. A digital roadmap is an overall business plan for determining how all your digital initiatives intersect in terms of priority, cost, and added value to meet your institution’s mission.  We provide guidance with teacher-led instruction, case studies, and online peer review.  

To sign up for the digital roadmap class, contact Linda Colet, Senior Outreach Representative at linda.colet@lyrasis.org.

CSpace Version 6.0 Release Coming Spring 2020

New features

  • CSpace Public Collections Browser will go live this spring. Join us in April for an online demo of the browser and other new features. Regular monthly walk-throughs will include the public browser after CSpace v6.0 is released. The beta version of the public browser can be viewed here: https://materialorder.org/collection/materials/search
  • CSpace 6.0 includes more robust search capabilities. Users will be able to choose which data fields they want to include in an advanced search query.
  • CSV Import tools provide an easier path for getting users’ data into CollectionSpace. Import templates available on the program wiki.
  • Use of Collections procedure updated to improve tracking research visits to collections.

Staff Profiles

Linda Colet, CollectionSpace Senior Outreach Representative

Linda has 20+ years of digital project management experience for large-scale museum initiatives (e.g., MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture). She has managed digital initiatives, implementation of collections management systems; data cleanup projects; and strategic planning to predict successful milestones. Her strong leadership, communication and team building skills engage multiple stakeholders. 

Megan Forbes, CollectionSpace Program Manager

Megan provides strategic management for CollectionSpace, an open source, web-based collection information management system for museums. Forbes leads the day-to-day operations of the CollectionSpace organizational home, including community outreach, planning, and coordination with other LYRASIS programs. Forbes has been a part of the CollectionSpace team since its inception in 2008 and holds deep knowledge of the system and its functional design. Forbes also served as co-director for the IMLS-funded grant project It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Models of Collaboration and Sustainability. She has a MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BA in Economics and History from Emory University.

Where We’ll Be

Stop by to talk with Linda Colet, Collection Space Senior Outreach Representative, Megan Forbes, CollectionSpace Program Manager,  and Lisa Larson, Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement, who will be available at the LYRASIS/CSpace booth during the American Alliance of Museums Conference (AAM) May 17-20, 2020.