Today (February 27, 2004) is the last day to submit proposals for the 2004 MCN conference.  Please take a moment to send us your ideas for another year of great sessions!

2004 Museum Computer Network Conference

Call for Proposals
Great Technology for Collections, Confluence, and Community

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Meeting Dates: November 10 – 13, 2004
Proposals Due: February 27, 2004

Dear Colleagues:

The theme for the 2004 Conference is Great Technology for Collections, Confluence and Community. Join us in Minnesota where countless lakes, creeks and streams flow together to give rise to the mighty Mississippi, the first super network of our Nation. Minneapolis, the first great metropolis at the headwaters of this life-giving waterway, will be the perfect site for the 2004 MCN conference where we will focus on how museums, libraries, and archives put great technology into action to build communities around our collective cultural heritage. The famed Skyways of Minneapolis, a network of sheltered walkways connecting buildings downtown, will serve to remind us how important it for us to focus on building communities and collaborating with one another. And of course, the Mall of America, will symbolize how the MCN conference has always been the "One-Stop Shopping" place for learning about all of the technology museums have implemented. Who knows, it might even inspire us to build a golf course inside our museum!!

Because we will be partnering with the Minnesota Historical Society we will benefit from their proven expertise in providing access to collections, and we will be exploring the on-going confluence of archives, libraries and museums. The Program Committee is seeking presentations based on current and planned activities or research that focus on one of the following broad areas of interest:

Collaboration & Confluence 
Management Issues
Collection Information Management 
Membership & Fund Raising 
Cyber Communities 
Multimedia & Streaming Technologies 
Digital Rights Management 
Preservation & Digital Longevity 
Exhibition Technologies 
Point of Sale & eCommerce 
Imaging Technologies Research & Evaluation 
Intellectual Property Standards & Interoperability 

Proposals will be accepted in one of the following three formats: panels, workshops or roundtables. Each session must have a chairperson responsible for finding other speakers and coordinating logistics. All chairs must be affiliated with an institutional member or be an MCN individual member. Topics for the sessions should fall into at least one of the categories listed on page 1 of the proposal form. All proposals for sessions and/or workshops must be submitted on Call for Proposals form available online at To get more specific information, visit the MCN web site, or contact Susan Rawlyk at the MCN office by email [log in to unmask] or phone (403) 288-9394.

2004 is coming. Let’s meet in Minneapolis to share ideas and experiences. Talk with your colleagues about your organizations, your communities, your partnerships, your ideas – then send your ideas and proposals for the 2004 Conference to the Program Committee.


Sam Quigley

Christine Bostick and Marla Misunas
2004 Conference Co-Chairs