Last week was the Museums Australia National Conference in Canberra. Were you there? What were your take-home experiences? What would you want to share with fellow EVRNN members who couldn't make it this year?
This year the EVR National Network hosted a workshop by Dr. Tiina Roppola, called "Designing for the Museum Visitor Experience" and based on Tiina's extensive research across a variety of Australian museums. Participants discussed Tiina's model of how visitors and exhibits relate to one another and how it relates to their own institutions.
There was also a general discussion on the role and value of MA's National Networks more broadly. As with the recent EVRNN member survey, other networks have recently taken the temperature of their membership and this confirms that Networks are still valued by their members, even if the level of activity is limited to an informal get-together at conference time. In this vein, member representatives fed back to MA that network affiliation needs to be more visible at conference time - maybe we don't have to wear a red carnation, but perhaps some designation on our delegate badge so we have a better idea of shared interests?
It's not too late to add your voice to the conversation by filling out our member survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EVRNN - we'd still like to hear from you and Carolyn (our President) will be able to compile a fuller report of responses later in the year.
To get a flavour of the conference, here are a couple of links:
MA ACT's "storify" page https://storify.com/MA_ACT2013
Regan's initial conference notes in "storify" form https://storify.com/interactivate/ma-2013-conference
Please add your own thoughts and comments below, particularly anything related to future activities of the EVR network.