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Collections at the core of learningCreating digital connections between museums, schools and the world

Ben Sullivan

Museums and Heritage Show 19th May 2016

@AxiellBen ben.sullivan@axiell.com

Collections at the core of learning: creating digital connections between museums, schools and the worldUsing innovative tools we will explore how collections information can be better shared with schools and the world in a digital environment. This session will offer an insight into how collections data and better access to this data can improve a museums offering to the education sector. It will also look at ways of managing the digitisation process so that data can be used and managed for multiple purposes.

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Brief introduction about AxiellThe broader market, our history, our focus & our customers (plus a few numbers)

Museums and EducationWhat is needed and who can benefit

Problems to overcomeWhat needs to be taken into consideration

Axiells offerWhat Axiell is currently providing to the Education sector and discussing the opportunity for museums and libraries

Axiells WeLearn demoNew education platform*

OVERVIEW TOPICS COVERED****

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AXIELL IS A GLOBAL COMPANY ON THE CROSS SECTION BETWEEN THE IT AND THE CULTURE SECTOR. OUR AIM IS THAT PAST ANDPRESENT KNOWLEDGEMERGE WITH THE FUTURE.

Axiell is a global company. Since the company was founded in the early 1980s, we have been focusing on delivering effective solutions and services to our customers. Today, with our global reach and broad solution offering, we can work closely with our customers and help them deliver relevant cultural information to their audiences for the future. 3

THE COMPANYIS FOUNDED1980sSWEDISH AXIELLBIBLIOTEKSYSTEM AB AND BTJ SYSTEM ABMERGECSC CONSULTING GROUPsLIBRARY SECTION JOIN2001200420072008201320142015ACQUIRE FINNISH TIETOENATORLIBRARIES OY AND AKATEEMINENTIETOPALVELU ATP OYMERGING WITH ENGLISHCOMPANY DSACQUIRE ADLIB INFORMATION SYSTEM AND SELAGO DESIGN.THE BEGINNING OF ALM, WHERE WE ARE WORLD LEADERS. AXIELL EDUCATION & MEDIA IS FOUNDED ACQUIRE KE SOFTWAREIN MELBOURNE ANDALVERA ABACQUIRE ELIB AB.ENTERING THE E-MEDIA MARKET

AXIELL COMPANY DEVELOPMENT

The history of the company shows a strong background in libraries with the merging and acquisitions of companies within the library sector.2008 Change occurred when DS was purchased which meant that Axiell inherited the Calm product and a foothold into the archives & museums sector2013 Saw a big investment in the archives, special libraries and museums market with the acquisition of Selago (Mimsy) and Adlib (Adlib software suite)Also the creation of the Education business area focusing on schools and learning tools.2014 KE Software was purchased and overnight Axiell became the leading provider of collections management software in the world.2015 An e-media company called E-Lib was acquired to provide a smoother integration between publishers and libraries for e-media content We are now working within the different business areas to be closer to customer whilst at the same time keeping an eye of developments or tools that may work across markets, eg. Museums and Education.4

AXIELL TODAY1000PUBLIC LIBRARIES

A heavy focus on Public Libraries is in the Nordics but we also have over 22% market share of public libraries in the UK5

3000AXIELL TODAYSCHOOL LIBRARIES

We have a lot of school libraries and our new learning platforms developed by our Education team is a gap we can now fill6

AXIELL TODAY3000ARCHIVES AND MUSEUMS

We also have 3,000 individual archives and museum clients around the world.7

43CUSTOMERS INCOUNTRIES24+290OFFICES INCOUNTRIESCO-WORKERS

AXIELL TODAY

Together this gives us a very wide geographical spread that helps us keep close to the customer8

AXIELL MARKETDEMOCRACYCOLLABORATION & EQUALITYLEARNINGINNOVATION

Our focus is unique and varied but cultural heritage and learning are at the core. Within four business areas, Axiell delivers IT solutions and services for the cultural sector. This broad offering sets us apart from other companies and we are now starting to leverage this unique offering to the market.We still have to deliver to the needs of the niche markets we operate in but our customers get much more if we can operate outside these existing market boundaries.My presentation is but one example of using ideas and in this case, a new platform, to show what is possible.9

CONNECTING MUSEUMS WITH EDUCATIONA single destination website should be created, bringing all Cultural Education resources together in one easily accessible place online.

In a digital environmentHenley, Darren (2012), Cultural Education in England Report, DCMS & Dept. for Education

The Henley report in 2012 highlighted the need for centralised cultural education resources.I have pulled out the key areas that we think need to be addressed.CREATECULTURAL EDUCATION RESOURCESEASILYACCESSIBLEONLINE10

COLLABORATION between teachers and museum education staff. And between collections and education staff within the museum

ENGAGEMENT statistics and measures of success. Justification of investment and effort

LINKING between museum content and curriculum - Ability to create pedagogical descriptions of museum content, linked to curriculum

SHARING of enriched content Open sharing of content to different audiences on different platforms. Easy export and flexible integration (APIs)

SOMETHING EASY for everyone

WHAT IS NEEDED?

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The student the pupil takes centre stage (learning by stealth)

The teacher easy access to trusted, reviewed & engaging content

The museum educator a closer connection to the audience helps ensure content is relevant and used.

The school an easier way to engage directly with museums

The museum - Feedback and analytics to track goals for engagement. Justify existence, create funding opportunities

Community successful pupil engagement canhelp reach out through family and friends

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

The student the pupil takes centre stage (learning by stealth) eg Minecraft example of Adam Clarke talking at the MuseumNext conference back in 2014 about engaging with school groups using museum content in a digital environment they were familiar with.

The teacher easy access to trusted, reviewed & engaging content

The museum educator a closer connection to the audience helps ensure content is relevant and used.

The school an easier way to engage directly with museums

The museum - Feedback and analytics to track goals for engagement. Justify existence, create funding opportunities

Community successful pupil engagement can help reach out through family and friends

References and working notes:https://abcofworkingwithschools.org.uk/getting-started/learning-in-museums/how-can-museums-support-learning/

How important was Thomas Clarksons role in the abolition of the slave trade? - Archives helping pupils to tackle difficult subjects Holbrook High School and Suffolk Archives 7 pupils pupils spent time in the archives as part of an after-school historyclub and were able to look at personal possessions that belonged to Clarkson,including his diary, books from his collections and annotated speeches. We can see that a higher proportion of pupils involved in the project experienced an increase in their marks (43% compared to 27%) or stayed the same (57% compared to 36%). None of the pupils involved in the project experienced a decrease in their marks, compared to 38% of pupils who did not visit the archives and

5 museums and 1 archive 9 schools Up to three assignment marks from 762 pupils, including one linked to a museum visit 451 pupils completed a questionnaire about their learning experiences immediately after their museum visit. What we found is that based on the teachers judgement the majority of pupils (60%) experienced an increase in their level or grade for the museum based assignment when compared to their previous marks. This increase was attributed to the way in which museums enable positive and beneficial learning experiences for young people, supporting different learning styles and independent learning which increases pupil confidence and motivation.

https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museumsociety/documents/volumes/bower-et-alMaking Connections Between Classroom and MuseumSEEC educators continuously make connections between everyday objects that are familiar to their students with the less familiar, and sometimes unfamiliar, objects of the Smithsonians vast collection that are housed in multiple museums.Anna Hindley works at the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture as an education specialist focusing on audiences under the age of 8 years old. She is investigating this topic in depth as the new museum determines how to best serve young audiences.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/260726/Cultural_Education_report.pdfA single destination website should be created, bringing all Cultural Education resources together in one easily accessible place online.

Top museum resources targeting education:British Museum - http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources.aspxImperial War Museum http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/learning-resourcesV&A - http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/t/teachers-resources/Ashmolean - http://www.ashmolean.org/education/resources/NHM

New technological developments mean that it is easier for young people themselves to make a