Creativity and Technology: Social Media, Mobiles & Museums | eBook Edition

This book brings together papers given at a major conference jointly organised by the Center for Mobile Communication Studies at Rutgers University (the world’s first academic unit to focus solely on social aspects of mobile communication) and Liberty Science Center (the New Jersey-New York City region’s largest education resource).

Presented by leading thinkers and museum experts, the papers provide an incisive, up-to-the-minute analysis of trends in the use of mobile devices by museum audiences, with a special focus on outreach efforts to under-served communities. Among the many important contemporary issues covered in this publication are:

  1. How social networking and mobility tools can help museums connect with their audiences.
  2. Assessments of current tools and systems.
  3. How these tools can help enrich and extend the learning experience.
  4. The principles that guide new social media applications.
  5. How to integrate social media applications into contemporary museum practice.
  6. What the future holds for mobile media devices and social networking in the museum setting.
  7. Data-driven analyses of developments in the field.
  8. Insightful distillations of museum experiences to date.
  9. Forecasts of trends and developments “just around the corner”.

The Conference at which these papers were first presented was generously supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0610352. However, any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Dr Emlyn Koster, President & CEO, Liberty Science Center

Wayne LaBar, Liberty Science Center

From Headphones to Microphones
Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC

Museum Education and Mobile for Museums – Conceptual Considerations Between Old Issues and New Challenges
Theo Hug, University of Innsbruck

The iPhone and its use in Museums
Bjarki Valtysson, Nanna Holdgaard & Rich Ling, IT University of Copenhagen

Web Empowerment For The Cultural Heritage Organizations: Towards A Pragmatic Framework
Monica Murero, University of Florence

The Panoscope 360: Visitors in a Science Center – Contexts, Interactions and Forms of Appropriation
Andre Caron, Université de Montréal & Letizia Caronia, University of Bologna

Click History: Wherever, Whenever
Steve Bull, Cutlass Inc & Kathleen Hulser, New York Historical Society

Portable and Playful: Locative Media, Art & Games in the Mobile Space
Martha Ladly, Ontario College of Art & Design

EGO-TRAP – You Have No Idea…
Anne Kahr-Højland, University of Southern Denmark

Mobile Devices for Promoting Museum Learning
Tim Zimmerman, Rutgers University

Placing Our Bets: Building a National Museum From Scratch
Corey Timpson, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Virtual Worlds as Technologies for Lifelong Learning and the Implications for Museums
Joe Sanchez, Rutgers University

Mobile Phones for Informal Science Center Learning
James E. Katz, Rutgers University, Kate Haley Goldman & Susan Foutz, Institute for Learning Innovation

The Gyroscopic Museum
Wayne LaBar, Liberty Science Center

James E. Katz, Rutgers University & Ellen Lynch, Liberty Science Center & Lora Appel, Rutgers University

James E Katz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Rutgers University where he also directs the Center for Mobile Communication Studies.

Wayne LaBar is Principal and Founder of Alchemy Studios and formerly Vice President of Exhibitions and Featured Experiences at Liberty Science Center.

Ellen Lynch is the Director of Exhibition Development and Operations at Liberty Science Center.


Mobile technologies have the potential to revolutionize the museum experience. This book shares perspectives and findings that will help practitioners navigate this new learning terrain. 
Marsha Semmel, Deputy Director for Museums, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington DC.

This important collection of essays delves into a complex and exciting world, and makes a key contribution to this developing field. 
Dr. Lynda Kelly, Head of Web and Audience Research, Australian Museum, Sydney.


Title: Creativity and Technology: Social Media, Mobiles and Museums
Editors: James E Katz, Wayne LaBar and Ellen Lynch
Pages: 470 
Illustrations: 41
Size: 203 x 127mm

ISBN: 978-1-907697-11-1 [paperback]
ISBN: 978-1-907697-12-8 [hardback]
ISBN: 978-1-907697-43-2 [eBook]  

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