Nelson-Atkins hires its first Chief Information Officer

nelson-CIOThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has taken another step toward using digital technology to bring art and people together, it says, through the hiring of its first chief information officer.

The museum has hired Doug Allen, owner of an Overland Park consulting firm that helps organizations use technology.

“He will play a key role in unleashing the potential of our collections to serve a global audience,” Julián Zugazagoitia, CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins, said.

“It’s fascinating to see how many museums have hired CIOs and have invested so much in this position in recent years,” Zugazagoitia said. “I look forward to the Nelson-Atkins joining the national dialogue about enhancing digital platforms that will bring art and people together, generate potential visitors, and provide access to scholars around the world, at the same time we enhance our internal data bases and systems.”

The Nelson-Atkins said  Allen will be responsible for the conception, development, implementation and support of comprehensive information strategies. He will ensure the holistic integration of technology to deliver the mission of the museum, support the staff, and operate the institution.

The Nelson-Atkins hosted two technology roundtables, one local and one national, attended by stakeholders and technology leaders from museums around the country. Creating a CIO position was also one of the goals of its most recent strategic plan.

The museum said traditional modes of information delivery need to be more engaging, especially to attract younger audiences.


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