[Openglam_members] Me, US, blahblah
sarah.stierch at gmail.com
Fri May 23 16:09:18 UTC 2014
(Pardon the semi professional semi personal email here...this might be
TL:DR but the people who care will read it I suppose)
As some of you may know, I used to be *very* involved in OpenGLAM. I worked
for OKF and helped launch the OpenGLAM initiative in the USA. Sadly that
partnership ended when I decided to accept a full time job at the Wikimedia
Foundation (a large part of that was due to the need I had for health
insurance, which still wasn't accessible to all in the US, no offense to
the mission :) ).
Well life has changed. I wanted to give ya'll some updates:
1. I'm no longer working at the Wikimedia Foundation, if you didn't know by
now. I'm not legally allowed to talk about why, and I hope you'll respect
that. Life hasn't been easy, but, that's how it goes sometimes.
2. This allows me now to re-devote my life to what I have spent the
majority of my adulthood studying, researching, and obsessing about -
3. I attended my first GLAM conference in ages this week, the American
Alliance of Museums conference. I wrote a blog about it, which will soon be
reposted by OpenGLAM, I hope you'll read it. I will leave it for Lieke to
4. It led me to the conclusion that people in the US still have no fucking
idea what OpenGLAM is. To be blunt. We gave the first MUSE Award out
[*the*American museum award for technology] for "Open" and people were
was a catch all category for whatever "didn't fit in the other categories."
FAIL. And at an Sweden won it, btw, with the LSH project (which I blogged
about on OpenGLAM a while back). And that is just one example...
5. Since losing my job I have started consulting. A large portion of my
work is grantwriting right now. I never liked doing it, but, the pay is
good and nothing makes me happier to see a client today email me to say
they received $7500 USD to buy 30 iPads and other equipment for a digital
project they are working on (and this is a museum with a $300,000 budget!).
I am rebranding to be an open culture consultant that offers grantwriting
services. My services are not expensive. Most of my clients are small
museums right now. But, I have bigger better plans and will always love
help at finding work.
6. WHat does this all mean?
a. i'm back
b. i intend on making our monthly calls
c. i want to talk to folks about having OpenGLAM booths at
conferences, at least US conferences. I can't afford to magically have
banners and swag, let alone always travel (I have to pay for conferences on
my own pretty much), so, that's something I need to think about, too. And i
hope ya'll can help me think about it. we need hands on activities, action
and to sit people down and brainwash them. That is one thing I do
best...cult leader of OPEN
d. i want to submit some talks at conferences about general OpenGLAM
(what is it), presentation suggestions welcome. I know they exist.
e. i want to host another US OpenGLAM bootcamp - I did an event at
University of California Berkeley a few years back. I'm currently a fellow
at Berkeley and they want to host another one, but, I need feedback on if I
should do it here again or someplace else. If someplace else...more money
will be needed and sponsorship that's bigger than just....$500 to throw an
event (my travel and accommodations, things like that)
f. the presentation i co-submitted with Jon Voss wasn't accepted so
there will be no magical Berlin OKF for me this year. last year I had to
decline due to my work with WMF, this year...no submission acceptance (this
less of a chance of finding funding). OK that the submission wasn't
accepted, disappointing because the lack of US GLAM folks seems to
be....nil this year. But ya'll will make it without us.. ;)
I missed you.
Diverse and engaging consulting for your organization.
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