Institution:

Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 N Indiana Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408

Supervisor:

Jason Baird Jackson, Museum Director

Report

As of July 18, I have completed half of my required hours for the internship credit. While work on the project has been moving forward at a steady pace up to this point, it appears that the second half of the project will be much more intensive.

I have spent the last month and a half preparing the Omeka exhibit, creating the pages and collections, and helping make decisions about the standards that will apply to future exhibits. I’ve worked closely with the director, Jason, but also with Ellen, the curator, to collate and organize the various exhibit pieces and prepare them for Omeka platform.

During the second half of the project, I will be doing less theoretical and more practical construction. The items on exhibit, with their metadata and images, have to be imported to the Omeka platform, and I will also be creating a workflow to document the process for future exhibits. I’ll also be performing the quality control and proofreading work that is necessary before the exhibit can go live.

The tasks that I originally outlined have not changed over the course of the project, although now that I look back on them, they seem very broad, and I didn’t realize how much time and detail would be involved with each one. My goals are on track, as well; I’ve found working in the museum to be a unique experience that I am glad to have, and I look forward to completing the project before my time here is finished. I’m also considering how this experience will affect my future; I will definitely be looking at more museums as job prospects, and I may also inquire about volunteering some time to help create more exhibits.

Thumbnail image: Pottery sculpture depicting Adam, Eve, and the serpent in the Garden of Eden. This piece is from Metapec, Mexico.
This item is from the collections of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Used with permission.
http://dlib.indiana.edu/omeka/mathers/items/show/642

green pottery sculpture depicting a tree with human figures and a snake