What I'm Up To
With the advice of some of my most trusted friends and museum colleagues in mind, I decided to change the Greater Phoenix Emerging Museum Professionals facebook page to a facebook group, named Arizona Emerging Museum Professionals. I was hoping to achieve three things:
1. Less authority from the administrator and more input and discussion from group members (with a facebook page, only an administrator can post; everyone's suggested posts show up sort of to the side and not in the same 'stream of consciousness' as the administrator's posts)
2. More social opportunities for members to meet each other (there are so many amazing museum events, and the emerging professionals who work across a variety of institutions now have a place to post their events and learn about others' events)
3. Keep the conversation going, even when I'm not talking (more people regularly posting and zero wait-time to approve posts and comments means the conversation doesn't depend on me-or any administrator-to be actively participating)
Now, my next challenge is just to get all the (almost) 400 members of the original facebook page to migrate over to the group. . . and to think of my next great #museumsquad meme.
Niki Cuccinotto is the Museum Guide & Curriculum Coordinator at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. She also volunteers at Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation in Scottsdale, as well as the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. She is active in the Greater Phoenix Emerging Museum Professionals as well as the Museum Association of Arizona. She is also a professional member of the American Alliance of Museums.