Katherine Burton Jones, MA

Director, Museum Studies, Harvard Extension School

Katherine Burton Jones has taught in the Museum Studies Program at the Harvard Extension School for the last decade and has served as research advisor for the program since it moved from a certificate program to a masters degree in 2004. She was assistant dean for information technology and media services at the Harvard Divinity School for nine years.

Jones volunteers for non-profits in the New England area. She is a member of the board of directors and chairs the Museum Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, RI. She is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Jones was an assistant director at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 1994 to 2000, where she introduced the importance of websites and multimedia to all of the Harvard museums. She was responsible for raising funds for the various public-facing technology projects, including the virtual exhibit Against the Winds: American Indian Running Traditions. While at the Peabody, she served on the boards of the Museum Computer Network and the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Mildred Morse Allen Center.

Jones edited and contributed to two books on the use of technology in museums, The Wired Museum (American Association of Museums, 1997), and Museum Informatics: People, Information, and Technology in Museums (with Paul F. Marty, Routledge, 2007). In the last two decades she has also authored numerous articles on topics related to museums, and given presentations at national and regional museum conferences.

Education

  • MA Florida State University

Contact

kjones@dcemail.harvard.edu

Courses with Katherine Burton Jones

Fall term 2017

Capstone Projects in Museum Studies

This course provides students with the opportunity to complete a capstone project related to their professional interests.

Introduction to Museum Studies

All museums share responsibility for preserving and interpreting our cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of the public and society. However, museums are more than the collections they house and the exhibits and programs they present. Each museum is a complex network of individuals whose common goal is to create knowledge and to share information and experiences with others.

Spring Term 2018

Capstone Projects in Museum Studies

This course provides students with the opportunity to complete a capstone project related to their professional interests.

Museums and Technology

The Internet has changed the way nonprofits deliver information to constituents and the general public. In this course, we explore the ways in which nonprofits use the web and social media to deliver programmatic content as well as how the web and social media are used in marketing, public relations, and fundraising.