1. Pace yourselfIt’s a big and fantastic conference! The actual conference-proper was Thursday-Saturday, but Wednesday had workshops and Tuesday a wonderful field trip to the museums at Harvard. This is a lot! It can easily be overwhelming, so check out point #2 below.
2. Go with a plan
|Antiquities at the Harvard Semitic Museum|
3. See the sightsMuseums and the Web moves around to a different location each year; 2018 was Vancouver, 2017 was Cleveland, and this year was Boston. The city has so many cultural institutions to visit, not all of which are included in your conference schedule, but which may offer very valuable learning opportunities. Hot tip: really make sure you read through all the perks included in your registration. Too late I found out that the Isabella Stewart Gardner admission was included with my conference badge (though I ultimately don’t mind giving them my admission fee. It’s an amazing place!)
4. Do the tourAs this was my first Museums and the Web I’m not sure if they have a field trip every year, but if they do, I’d say consider going! There was a cap of 30 people for the trip, so make sure you sign up early if you’re interested. This year we visited several museums at Harvard, each of which offered incredible demonstrations of educational approaches and programming that they’re doing.
There is nearly endless sessions to attend; in many instances there are several happening at once, so you need to make a choice. If you can swing it, go with a colleague (or make friends with someone and share notes!) That was you can “attend” multiple sessions, all without the help of Hermione’s time-turner.
5. Divide and conquer
|Botticelli exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner|