Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 N Indiana Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408
Jason Baird Jackson, Museum Director
As someone who intends to specialize in the intersection of digital technologies and special collections, I wanted to complete my internship at a non-library cultural heritage institution. While the majority of my experience has been in an academic library setting, I am also aware that there are a vast numbers of special libraries that will be looking for digital librarians in the years to come. I’m constantly attempting to diversify and broaden my skills in order to make myself as flexible and appealing as possible to future employers.
My goals for this internship are two-fold: to gain an understanding of what it is like to work in a smaller, non-library environment, and also to complete a specific project that will showcase my technical skills. While I will be the one constructing the project (an Omeka exhibit recreating the Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibit), there will be significant consultation and collaboration with members of the museum staff. The Mathers has only just begun to explore Omeka as a platform; the exhibit that I am responsible for will be their second foray into digital exhibits, so there are still kinks to be worked out and workflows to be developed.
Tasks and Objectives:
- Assist with the final tweaks and launch preparations for the Museum’s first exhibit, “Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives.”
- Recreate the “Treasures of the Mathers Museum” as a digital exhibit on the Omeka platform. This will include:
- Laying out the exhibit script, label, and images in the exhibit pages.
- Assisting with the preparation of the object catalog for ingest into the Omeka database.
- Connecting exhibit objects with exhibit pages
- Performing quality control checks on all exhibit pages, text, and objects.
- Collaborating with members of the Museum staff to make sure the exhibit is accessible to both scholars and lay people.
- Considering user experience situations and researching/implementing solutions to address discovery, navigation, and other UI issues.
- Constructing an example workflow for use in future digital exhibit construction.
Dr. Jackson and I have devised a schedule wherein I work for approximately 12 hours a week, for 15 weeks during the summer from mid-May to mid-August. My hours are generally from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Tuesday, and on Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 4pm.
Thumbnail image: The banner for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures’ 50th anniversary exhibit, “Treasures of the Mathers Museum.” You can find out more about the museum at mathers.indiana.edu