No matter how old we get, we’re always analyzing, categorizing, and digesting new information. Life-long learning has become a tenant in modern museum practice, and it’s one of the reasons I chose to start my career in the museum field.
Culture and society has interested me from an early age (I used to rent out stacks of books on Ancient Egypt in Elementary School, what a NERD). Pursuing two Bachelor degrees, one in Art History, the other in History was a natural progression in my life, and so was obtaining my Masters in Museum Studies.
The majority of my work in museums was in collections. I’ve served in positions auditing, processing, handling, packing, and framing objects, as well as working with systems such as TMS and Mimsy.
Over my active years in the museum field I worked at a variey of institutions including Mission San Luis Historical Site, the State Archives of Florida, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Cartoon Museum, MoDA, The Ringling, and the Brent Museum and Archives.
I have a special place in my heart for archives. Two of my most formative experiences were working with documents. I’ve seen how archives run in high patron traffic institutions, like the State Archives of Florida, to low traffic archives, where the focus is on digital accessibility rather than in-person patronage.
Within archives I focused my work on digitization. Two of my major projects included digitized over 160 Circus Route books (funded by the CLIR grant), and over 100 archaeological site maps. Both projects involved heavy post-processing work that extended my knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom.
Social media engagement and communications came naturally to my work within museums, as it has had such a focus in my personal life. I’ve championed social media at several of the museums I’ve worked with, hoping that institutions see the merits of digital engagement and digital communications.
For my Masters’ dissertation I studied how museums use YouTube, discussing the priority (or lack thereof) placed on video content and why there is not a bigger focus on YouTube as a platform to connect with audiences. At the time, other platforms did not have focus on video, though that has changed in the last last several years, particularly for platforms like Instagram.