It's tempting at this time of every year to look back and reflect on what has passed in the previous 360 or so days. So why resist temptation? In no particular order... Raves to you, Slate Ad Report Card. I often think that if I could dream up a job, it would be ad critic. That way I could still apply all of my analytical skills & intelligence but to something I really care about: TV. Still I have to say (albeit humbly), you missed a few on your worst of the year-list. What about the … [Read more...] about Rants & Raves of the Year (2006 edition)
Archives for December 2006
Since my post yesterday about the importance of websites to museums, I’ve been thinking. A dangerous thing, I know. But it’s made me wonder: should I be doing web development instead of history and anthropology? As I said yesterday, it’s become evident that I know far more about the online environment and computers in general than anyone I work with. I asked my boss this morning about an error I was getting on the server when I went to back-up my database, and her response? She came back … [Read more...] about Am I in the Wrong Field?
Once again, I tried to get my boss to wrap her brain around the series of tubes. And again, I got nowhere with it. Disgusted by our website, I suggested that we could start with rebranding our museum exhibits in the least expensive medium available -- our website. To me, traditional and online exhibits are equally necessary. In today’s world, you cannot have a static, crappy museum website. At museum association meetings, museums continually raise the issue that potential audiences are … [Read more...] about Go-to IT
Today we're having a party at our place. In a previous life, that would have been a good thing. But the adult me dreads the party. Now the word party invokes exhaustion. Between the planning, cooking, and pre- and post-party house cleanings, I could care less about whether these people have a good time. What I care about is that they all leave so I can go to sleep. Tomorrow I’d like to get up at the normal time and resume my life in the morning without the aid of Advil. I still love throwing … [Read more...] about Par-tay!
My inquiry into the museum’s past helped me understand where the museum was and where I think it should be. Over the past couple of days, that distance has grown exponentially as I mentally list all of the steps that have to take place on my end to make that happen. Museum exhibits and educational programs are the public face of the institution. They are, in effect, the museum’s identity. The most any average visitor interacts with a museum is typically a visit to the website and a brief tour … [Read more...] about How do we Get There?
Now that I’ve been here at my museum job a couple of months, I’ve started to realize just how much work lies ahead. I was lured here to a small local history museum with the promise of what’s to come, the vision that strategic planning was well underway and that plans were being laid to get us from Point A to Point B – from a museum that presents outdated (and just plain inaccurate) history to one that will become a place for people to explore this region’s diverse peoples, cultures, stories, … [Read more...] about A Tale of Two Museums
Better Half: "You could wrap the Christmas gifts." Me: "Yeah, but we still haven't gotten all of them yet." Better Half: "So?" Me: "So I want to wait til they all come before I wrap them" Better Half: "But that's like saying that we shouldn't do any dishes now because we'll have more dirty dishes again." Me: "Exactly. I'm glad you understand this concept." … [Read more...] about Why Do Today…