Great blog post overview of big issues in crowdsourcing and museums at the moment
Maureen Johnson, in the Huffington Post: “We’re told not to judge books by them, but… EVERYBODY DOES. That is what they are for. They are the packages that get your attention, that give you messages about what to expect.
Which is why yesterday, I proposed a little experiment on Twitter. I asked people to take a well-known book, then to imagine the author of that book was of the opposite gender, or was genderqueer, and imagine what that cover might look like. Because we have these expectations in our heads already.
There were hundreds of replies within 24 hours. Click here to see just a few of them.”
This conversation is great, for so many reasons, including:
- It gets people thinking critically about gender, publishing, reader’s advisory & library displays in a creative, fun way that is also serious & likely to engender real, thoughtful conversations
- It can also be adapted to create a library program where teens create alternate covers for some of their own favorite books. It would be an excellent assignment in English classrooms, too, for that matter.
I avoid chick-lity covers like the plague so this is very interesting.
Interesting observations from Suse Cairns on how the confidence of your museum staff affects visitor experience
“I have a lot of secret things and collections, like potions and rocks and fortune tellers, and stuff like gallium which is a metal that melts. I chose this string because you can make so many things with it but if you looked at it, you would think, ‘oh that’s just a string.’ Sometimes in school I don’t talk, but I’m always thinking.” Gabriel was photographed in New York City on March 2nd.
The Weight of Objects—wonderful photo project.
Getting a kick out of the promotional video my video intern put together for our current temporary exhibit, Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia.