Throughout the past few weeks, I have been researching the impact of technology on the notions of openness and authority in the museum’s traditional role as cultural gatekeeper. I have read a variety of sources discussing topics including oral history, collaborative projects, interactivity, and democracy within the museum. One of the sources that I have… Continue reading Authority in the Digital Age
The past two weeks have been very busy with Thanksgiving festivities, Christmas decorating, and a poorly timed sickness. However, seeing extended family while I was back in upstate New York and answering questions about my first semester of grad school has allowed me to reflect on some of the most interesting things I’ve learned in this… Continue reading Wrapping up this semester
This week for my Collections Management class, I had to write a case study on the Strong National Museum of Play’s mission shift. I was particularly excited about this topic for two reasons. The first is that the Strong is located in my hometown, Rochester, NY. I vividly remember loving the museum as a child… Continue reading Changing a mission
In the aftermath of shocking, harmful, or confusing events, people often need a place to safely comprehend and cope with the event. While churches and places of worship can be great resources for this, many museums also open their doors to those in need following such an event. As places of culture, history, and art,… Continue reading Museums as a safe space
This week, I’ve seen a lot tweets about the relationship between museums and social media. I’ve read through quite a few articles suggested in these tweets and have decided to dedicate this week’s post to my thoughts on the subject. As a 21 year old, I spend a large amount of my time on social… Continue reading Twitter and Instagram, and Snapchat, oh my!
I have now been blogging for six weeks, so I thought this week’s post would be my reaction to blogging in general. Before starting my own blog, I had absolutely no experience writing blog posts. I had visited other blogs before, but I didn’t think that this style of writing would work well for me.… Continue reading Six weeks of blogging
This week I read a very well-written article on the website of Art in America. The article, written by Brian Droitcour and William S. Smith, discusses the ways in which digital technology has infiltrated not only the visitor experience of museums, but also the way in which the museum operates. The article also introduced potential problems that digital… Continue reading Effects of digital technology in the museum