This year MCN celebrates its 50th anniversary. Just as MCN has established a network of established and emerging professionals, #MCN50 Voices brings members together, old and new, near and far.
After chatting for half an hour, Susan Wigodner, Web & Digital Project Manager at The Field Museum, and Greg Albers, Digital Publications Manager at the J. Paul Getty Trust, felt like they hadn’t arrived a “formal” interview. Instead, here they offer their list of their favorite museum digital projects, tools, books, and more… (GIFs!)
|Title||Digital Publications Manager, J. Paul Getty Trust||Web & Digital Project Manager, The Field Museum|
|Project You’ve Worked On||I came to the Getty at the tail end of our Virtual Library project, but it’s exactly the kind of thing I love about museums. Thinking big about serving the public. Free downloads of 300+ books? Not something most publishers can or would do.||Audio tours for the 9/11 Memorial Museum. They include some pretty amazing personal stories, and I had a chance to meet many of those people (and a prep call with narrator Robert De Niro).|
|Open-Source Museum Project||+1 to ACMI’s audio guide! →
We were excited to see that one particularly because they used Jekyll, a static site generator, and we’re using static site generators to publish online, multi-format books.
|ACMI’s audio guide (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)|
|Museum Microsite||The Art Institute of Chicago’s Linked Visions comes to mind. A nice use of D3.js, and they took advantage of open source by building off another project. Smart!||It’s a little older now, but MoMA’s microsite for their 2015 Jacob Lawrence exhibition is one of my favorites.|
|Book You Keep at Your Office||RESTful Web APIs and Publishing as Artistic Practice||Content Everywhere, by Sara Wachter-Boettcher. I saw her speak a few months ago and am appreciating the perspective as we start a website redesign.|
|(Digital) Style Guide||I’ve been looking at the web accessibility guides from 18F and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh a lot this past year. Thankful for both.||I second Greg ←! And of course MailChimp’s if you haven’t checked that out already.|
|Web Platform/App||GitHub. (So intertwined in my work it took me a minute to realize it was a web platform/app I could cite for this!)||Zapier – which lets me connect all my other favorite web platforms together! Also: Airtable.|
My amazing colleague @amelialikespie, keeping me humble, Slacked this to me. If you have Slack and Giphy integration, you can make your own by typing: /giphy #echo WHATEVER WORDS YOU WANT
|If I used only one social media site|
|Podcast||On vacation road trips this summer, we’ve been listening to Brains On! with the kids. Our favorite episode? “Fart Smarts: Understanding the gas we pass”. Naturally.||Startup often feels oddly relevant to my work in a 125-year-old museum.|
|Museum project I’m jealous of||The New Museum’s NEW INC startup incubator.||Crowdsourced visual descriptions for museum websites, like AMNH’s Project Describe. Also the Met’s born-digital map that’s being used across channels.|
|My best non-museum job||Pottery Barn – a company that was intentional about management practices and staff development. And yes, the discount.||The Container Store – great discount and working with fellow organization nerds! They also have a formalized and really ingrained company culture.|
|Top technical skill or tip||Everyone knows about the inspector tool in browsers right? I didn’t soon enough and it was a revelation → Ctrl-click (mac) or right-click (pc) on anything in your browser window, and select “Inspect element”||I recently learned how to take a full-page screenshot via the “inspect” function in Chrome and I’m really excited about it.|
|Pic of my phone homescreen||
Default background, so sad. Also, not technically my homescreen, but the one I look at most.
Weird background is a photo taken at the Renwick Gallery’s Wonder exhibition
|Weirdest thing you’ve done for a museum job||Ha! I can’t compete →||Dressed up in an inflatable T. rex costume for a birthday video for SUE|
|Favorite MCN moment||That time I was shamed by a circle of six awesome #musetech nerds who simultaneously pulled out portable chargers from pockets and bags after I suggested I had to run to the room to recharge. Also, karaoke. All of the karaoke. Always.||Convincing my boss, @badunn, to come to MCN 2015 in Minneapolis, and having him say “We have to bring the whole team to this next year!”|