Here I am, post graduation, with more time on my hands than I know what to do with. So why not start a blog? After all I’m sure someone out in this big beautiful world is bored enough to read my ramblings. But before I dive into my museful reflections, over-opinionated thoughts, sardonic rants, and endless dreams for the future let me tell you a bit more about why I decided to start this blog.
I am in a position that many emerging museum professionals find themselves in at one point or another. One where you are academically qualified or even over qualified, but lack work experience. This makes it difficult to break into the field we are so desperately struggling to join. Add a toddler and a husband to the mix, and I am feeling downright desperate at times. Which brings me here looking for new avenues to better market myself, showcase my work, and at least be a part of the on going dialogue in this community that I am so passionate about.
Here in this blog I intend to discuss my current efforts working as a contract employee searching for full time employment, experiences as a volunteer in the museum field, and my thoughts regarding current issues and events in the museum world. I may even include some more personal posts as I love to travel, try new foods, and photograph my experiences. Warning: There will probably be some annoying pictures of food.
What is an Emerging Museum Professional? I am sure you are wondering what I actually hope to achieve in this career field. Late into my undergrad I had aspirations of becoming a conservator (if you don’t know what a conservator is, I googled it for you here). That is until I realized I was too far into my Bachelors to take the necessary classes to get into a graduate program for conservation. I still wanted to work with museum objects, so I looked towards a Museum Studies graduate degree with a concentration in collections management. Within collections management my interest really began to focus on cataloging and digital curation. The digitization of museum collections and the preservation of that digital information fascinates me. Museums from small to large are digitizing their collections now, but what do they do with that data? It needs to be properly cared for just as if it was another object in the museum’s collection. If not properly preserved and managed, museums will experience data loss and file corruption. That is where I hope to come in
As my career progresses I would like to be more involved in the technical management of digital collections. Eventually, whenever I pay off the rather absurd amount of student loan debt I have accrued, I would like to gain some more technical knowledge by learning more about building databases and data storage.
I haven’t decided on a posting schedule yet, but I have some content in the works. I hope you find the posts entertaining, but most importantly educational.
Catch ya on the flip side!