Cape Cod Museum of Art’s success story of digitalizing its collection will be highlighted by the museum’s Director of Art Benton Jones at the Digital Transitions Fall 2022 Roundtable on Nov. 2 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington D.C.
Jones is one of six speakers at the event.
Digital Transitions designs and manufactures digital solutions specifically for cultural institutions. The company holds two conferences annually, online and in key regions across the United States. Attendees come from a variety of countries, disciplines and institutions to see the latest digitization technology, learn best practices from experts, discuss workflow tips and network with other cultural heritage professionals from all types of cultural institutions.
Before digitization, the permanent collection at the Cape Cod Museum of Art had been inaccessible to the public, and also internally, to its own curatorial staff. In his presentation, “Transformation, Discovery, Digitization Funding and Contributed Support,” Jones will share his institution’s story of self-discovery and how he was able to fund the digitization of their collection during the summer of 2022 through a combination of matching grant funding and contributed support. Jones will highlight the importance of making the collection of his small, regionally focused art museum, easily accessible, and take attendees through the transformation of facility and staff required to accomplish this work. He will touch on how a collecting institution can become stifled by its own collection over time, and how the digitization process has helped to recalibrate his museum’s strategic plan, mission and vision, while at the same time, helping to conserve, protect and curate the collection.
The digitization of cultural heritage is important for the protection, conservation, restoration, research, dissemination and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural assets, coming from all types of cultural institutions including museums, libraries and archives, monuments and galleries.
Other presenters at the Digital Transitions Roundtable include: Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Director, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives; Gregory Hunter, Palmer School of Library and Information Science Long Island University; Nathan Ian Anderson, Smithsonian Institution, Imaging Services Program Officer; Rebecca Wack, Assistant Director, Digital Imaging New York Public Library; and Doug Peterson of Digital Transitions.
Tickets to the in-person or virtual roundtable may be purchased online at: https://heritage-digitaltransitions.com/fall-roundtable-2022/