Lori Byrd-McDevitt, Adjunct Faculty
Lori Byrd-McDevitt, a teacher-turned-museum-professional, is passionate about empowering online communities and sharing cultural knowledge through digital platforms. Ms. Byrd-McDevitt holds an M.A. in museum studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Through leadership roles within the Wikipedia community, Lori established globally-adopted processes for collaboration between Wikipedians and cultural heritage professionals. Her research centers on the concept of Open Authority, a term she developed to encourage radically open, community collaboration in the interpretation of cultural heritage. She has been published in Curator: The Museum Journal (2013), Mia Ridge’s Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage (2014), and has been cited in the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: Museum Edition (2012, 2015) and the Center for the Future of Museums’ TrendsWatch (2015). She has served on the board of the Museum Computer Network and founded the Social Media Special Interest Group (SIG). For eight years Ms. Byrd-McDevitt served as the Manager of Digital Content and Social Media at the largest children’s museum in the world – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Here she modeled forward-thinking social media influencer campaigns, a Blog Ambassador program, and annual digital engagement projects. She’s most proud of her role in creating the thriving Facebook Group, “Museum Social Media Managers,” which she continues to administer today.