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Webinar: Digital Transformation in Museums

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With the development of vaccines and mass vaccination efforts, we can begin to see glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel and a post-COVID future. As our museums reopen, museum professionals confront a changed landscape when it comes to digital engagement. The pandemic has changed how we use these technologies and what we use them for. How will museums not only recover from the pandemic, but re-imagine how they will work in 2021 and beyond?

As part of International Museum Day, The House of European History is hosting a webinar aimed at museum and cultural heritage professionals  dedicated to exploring the current landscape of digital transformation in Europe and discovering how smaller institutions can accelerate their own digital efforts.

Topics will include:

  • What it means to be a digitally mature museum, and specifically, what types of skills, training, and support museum educators need to reach online audiences.
  • Key ingredients of successful digital transformation efforts 
  • Understanding & maximising the impact of your museum’s digital engagement, using the experience of the House of European History, which is on its own journey of digital transformation

A panel of experts from across Europe and the U.S. will share diverse examples from the field, so that attendees come away with actionable ideas for their own museum. The conversation will be conducted in English.

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Presenters' biographies:

Ed Rodley portraitEd Rodley

Ed Rodley is co-Founder and Principal at The Experience Alchemists, an experience design firm serving the larger cultural sector. Prior to that he was Associate Director of Integrated Media at Peabody Essex Museum. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in science, natural history, and art museums, and broad expertise and deep experience in museum practice. He is passionate about their potential of emerging digital technologies to create a more open, democratic world.

His recent publications appear in The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites, Humanizing the Digital: Unproceedings from the 2018 MCN Conference, and CODE | WORDS: Technology and Theory in the Museum. He blogs at Thinking About Museums and is one of the hosts of AAM’s Museopunks podcast. He is also the host of the Boston edition of Drinking About Museums, one of the longest-running informal meetups for museum-interested peoples.




Emily Kotecki portraitEmily Kotecki

Emily Kotecki is an award-winning museum educator based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Emily consults with numerous museums across the United States on distance learning programs. She just released a free, downloadable resource called The Distance Learning Workbook that walks any size museum through the steps of mapping out their own online learning program (available on her website).

She is also the host and producer of both the Microsoft Libraries and Museums Podcast and her own podcast, Museum Buzz.

Prior to consulting, Emily created distance learning programs and interpretive tools at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Her career began in political journalism at The Washington Post, where she hosted a daily political podcast and weekly show on XM-Sirius Radio. Emily is thrilled to be here with this wonderful panel today. You can connect with Emily through her website,




Ewa Goodman portraitEwa Goodman

Ewa Goodman is a museum professional and educator with extensive work experience in museums in the USA and Poland, such as the Boston Children’s Museum and the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Poland.

She is the Head of Learning of the Outreach Department at the House of European History in Brussels, Belgium. In her current role she leads an international team responsible for development and management of public programmes, events and learning activities for the contemporary history museum.






Lauren Vargas portraitLauren Vargas

By day, Dr. Lauren ‘L’ Vargas is a digital dragon wrangler with 20 years experience assisting organizations with their community and communication strategies. Vargas is an independent researcher and consultant of Your Digital Tattoo, as well as, a ‘One by One’ Research Associate with the University of Leicester - delivering a “practical approach to building digital literacies within specific museum contexts” for UK and US museums.