A Survey from David Choberka about Managing Access to Collections

Dear colleagues,

UMMA is interested in hearing how our fellow institutions manage access to collections for curatorial research and exhibition planning. Would you please fill out this brief survey?


If you’re also interested in the results, let me know and I’ll share it with you.


David Choberka

Mellon Manager of Academic Outreach and Teaching

University of Michigan Museum of Art


University of Michigan Museum of Art Brings Robots to the Art World

The University of Michigan Museum of Art and the university’s Robotics Institute are developing a robot that can organically converse as a docent with visitors, responding to questions and facilitating a deeper conversation about the artwork on view.

John Turner, UMMA’s senior manager of museum technology, stated “I think what we’re really trying to do is figure out how humanities-based collecting organizations like museums can become central research hubs for engineering projects more relevant to society at large.” [University of Michigan]