Speaker: Rich Cherry
April 13-17, 2010
Denver, Colorado, USA

Speakers: Biography

Rich Cherry

Balboa Park Online Collaborative
2131 Pan American Plz
San Diego CA
92101 USA

Rich Cherry is the Director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, whose mission is to facilitate and execute a fundamentally change the way museums, cultural arts and science institutions in Balboa Park San Diego use of online technology. Formerly he was the director of Operations at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where he oversaw Information Technology, Operations, Admissions, Facilities, Security, capital projects and more than $70 million in ongoing construction. His has also held positions as the CIO and Director of Facilities at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the CIO of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. He has also taught New Media theory, web design and animation in the Media Studies department at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His experience includes executive management of Information Technology, Web Services, Library Services, Digital Imaging, Museum Admissions, Security and Facility departments. He has initiated, developed funding streams for and implemented significant technology projects in all areas of museum operations, including major network infrastructure upgrades, digitization of collections, online access to the collection management systems, library catalog, educational material and selections from the archives, as well implementing and integrating retail, financial, visitor and membership management systems.

He is a board member of the Museum Computer Network serving on the executive committee and as chair of the finance committee, serves on the advisory board of Fluid Engage, a Mellon Foundation funded project involving an international group of designers, developers, volunteers, and advisers who focus improving the user experience of community and open source web applications with an emphasis on addressing some of the challenges faced by museums and cultural institutions as they work to incorporate new technology into their web, mobile, and physical spaces and he is a co-founder of Steve.Museum and served on the steering committee.

He has served on committees such as the Program Committee for the Museums and the Web Conference from 2005-2008, the WNED Life Long Digital Learning Advisory Committee, advising a regional PBS on the use of digital media for education and as Chair of the Technology Committee for the Art Museum Image Consortium, a consortium dedicated to enabling educational use of museum multimedia.

Rich will present Museum Commons: Tragedy or Enlightened self-interest?. [Professional Forum]
Rich will present A Walk in the Park: The Balboa Park Online Collaborative 1 Year report. [Paper]