Lori Byrd Phillips

Museums, Digital Engagement, Open Authority

About

I am a museum professional and social media strategist researching the intersection of the open web, online collaboration, and educational theory within museums. I’m lucky enough to work in a museum that empowers me to explore these ideas through my work and beyond.

I hold a Masters in Museum Studies. My research focuses on the potential of Wikipedia and other online tools to engage new perspectives in the interpretation of cultural heritage. This is influenced by my background in social studies education and the Reggio Emilia approach as well as a broader interest in the digital humanities. 

Since 2009, I have been involved in projects that facilitate the use of Wikipedia to share cultural resources. I’m highly involved in the GLAM-Wiki initiative, an international group of Wikipedians who assist cultural institutions in collaborating with Wikipedia in order to share multimedia content and cultural expertise. In 2012 I served as US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation.

I currently work full-time as Digital Marketing Content Coordinator at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the biggest and best children’s museum in the world. In this role I coordinate content on social platforms and manage digital engagement projects. I began my time at The Children’s Museum in 2010 when I served as Wikipedian in Residence, initially as an intern and later as part-time staff.