Lessard, B, Whiffin, A L and Wild, A L (2017) A guide to public engagement for entomological collections and natural history museums in the age of social media. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 110 (5). pp. 467-479. ISSN 0013-8894

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Abstract

Social media has revolutionized the way research and museum collections communicate with the general public by disseminating knowledge and information in real time. Currently there are limited studies examining the use of social media by museums and entomological collections to engage the general public online. Social media has the power to promote museum and collection events, research, and staff, as well as raise awareness of entomological collections and demonstrate their relevance to the public, industry, policy makers, and potential students of entomology. Here we introduce SCOPE, a new framework for promoting museums and entomological collections using social media. The SCOPE framework streamlines strategy development, content choice, refinement of online engagement, choice of social media platform, and evaluation of social media campaigns using altmetrics. Case studies from the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, and National Museums Scotland following the SCOPE framework are provided so that other museums, entomological collections, staff, and students can replicate it to develop and maintain their own social media presence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
Q Science > QL Zoology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 12:13
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2017 12:13
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1952

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