On my first official day at the museum I learned about the computer program PastPerfect. I then collaborated with another intern on entries of photographs into the cataloging system. It was interesting, and I was surprised on how the process went and found it fun to examine photographs in depth and pick out all the special details in them.
Outside of the museum my own research into the topic of the latest technological trends museums are doing kicked off. It began by reading through the first section of the book Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene and Laura Koloski. In this section I learned about innovative trends museums in this country and around the world are implementing. With the development of Web 2.0 and social media sites, museums have gone and sought out ways for past, present and future visitors to become connected with a museum by offering educational information, photographs and collections available online. Also within this section it talked about what innovated trends museums could be doing right now to create a better online experience for potential visitors. The authors in this section talked about how museums should be producing projects or tools on their website or on social media sites that would make visitors participate. Little things that could accomplish this would be by letting the visitor’s voice be heard by adding buttons, comments, polls, and share buttons. It can always be taken a step further by responding back to visitors so they have a more personalized experience or becoming available online on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.
Furthermore to become more familiar with the program PastPerfect I looked up some YouTube videos and websites about PastPerfect. Below are the links to the videos and webpages I looked at.
Video tutorial on PastPerfect:
Links to Videos and Websites about PastPerfect.