Manager of Museum Information Services and Registrar of Collections
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Rob Lancefield leads technology work at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, where he recently developed and implemented the DAC Open Access Images policy. Building on over 30 years of engagement with technology and the arts, his interests include digital strategy, content sharing, and project design to create complementary outcomes: deliverables such as digital images, plus opportunities for students and emerging professionals to learn as project employees. A former president of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), the organization for museum information professionals, Rob represents MCN on the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Council of Affiliates; serves on MCN’s Finance and Program Committees; and is founding manager of the MCN Group on LinkedIn. He is a co-founding member of ImageMuse, which now connects some 300 imaging professionals from cultural heritage institutions.

Rob served on the Advisory Board for the NMC Horizon Report: Museum Edition (2011, 2012), on emerging technologies for use in education in museums. He has spoken on getting projects done, providing images online, repatriating sound to connect archives and heritage communities, and other topics at MCN, AAM, Museums & the Web, Coalition for Networked Information, Society for Ethnomusicology, Music Library Association, and American Folklore Society conferences. His PhD dissertation examined how experiences of the musical voice and body lent false credence to dominant beliefs about racial difference. He curated the traveling exhibition “Performing Images, Embodying Race” on related visual culture. Rob also produced the 2011 reissue of 1980s recordings by Talking Drums, an ensemble of Ghanaian and American musicians including himself, for re-release by the American Composers Forum on innova Recordings. He is on Twitter as @roblancefield and LinkedIn at

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