Today at the museum instead of doing research for online programs I decided to do some cataloging today. While cataloging going through the pictures I thought about what were museums going to do in the future. With a lot of museums going online and even starting to develop programs for augmented reality and getting into the video game interest it’s interesting to see where museums are going.
The pictures I have been cataloging, have been negative from the 1950s. Seeing these negatives displays not only a different time but a time that has become so vastly different. Today people snap pictures and most likely will never be actually developed and on film. Instead they are all digitized and posted to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. With everything digitized now how are museums going to get ahold of pictures to have a part of the collection? Also will that mean that one day instead of having a real in life collection will everything be digitized? Museums today put their collections online for anyone on the net to see and this continues to grow with museums trying to get their entire collections and exhibits online. Some pros to this is that with technological changes there will be better ways for museums to share information in the future and it will be able to be accessed in several ways. Also another pro would be that people would probably often comment and engage easier online than they would if they got to visit the museum. A con to this would be that if all of the information is online, why would there be a need to physically see it? Even today this is going on regarding books within school. Even though there is a good size library here at Plymouth State I often find that sometimes it is not used to its advantage as online resources, databases and ebooks have become the trend. Knowing this, would people start to begin to just be satisfied with seeing things online? Mostly no, the big museums would still bring in visitors, but how would many of the small museums find there place and audience in a digital age and how that audience could get from behind the laptop and into the door. It really displays how for the future with digitization starting maybe as time goes on participatory projects will be the main focus of museums to not just spark interest but to bring people closer again to photographs and artifacts not just by seeing them online but by personally making a real life connection with it.