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In a move that also upset many curators, Campbell directed considerable resources toward the new, “digital” department, according to the administrator—there were as many as 75 people working in it at an annual cost of around $20 million—dedicated to such projects as making it easier for visitors to use their mobile devices around the museum and beginning the arduous process of digitizing the museum’s collection of two million artworks. “There were more people working in the digital department than there were in any five or six other departments combined,” says the former administrator. “That was another big expenditure, and it tied together with this ever growing sense that the Met was going to be young and cool,” he says. “I think that it just got out of proportion.”

-William D. Cohan ‘Inside a Met director’s shocking exit and the billion-dollar battle for the museum’s future‘ Vanity Fair

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