Interactive Intern Insights

7 May

Hello again! It’s week 2 of my internship and now that I’ve got the full run through of MIA’s inner workings, it’s time to get cracking on my summer project.

One of the many things I’ll be working on over the next few weeks is building on all the social media sites the MIA is connected with. I’ve already written a few Tweets (and found some written about me!), posted some links about upcoming local events, and figured out how Hootsuite works.

Museum visitors may have also noticed that our virtual interests go beyond these social media sites and appear throughout the museum. As a recent smartphone purchaser I’m the type person you’d see scanning any QR (Quick Response) codes in sight, and our exhibitions are no exception. I think it’s great that people can personalize their experience by pressing a few buttons to find more information about a particular object or artist. QR codes mean that people aren’t limited to what is presented in ‘Tombstone’ labels – an affectionate term we in the museum biz call those short labels that tell you the title, artist, and date. Scanning the bizarrely patterned QR codes can reveal videos, audio clips, and other images.

Like the Bart Hannah “Drum Dancer” we have in our lobby!

Bart Hannah’s ‘Drum Dancer’ at the entrance of MIA.

By scanning this QR code, you can access an interactive website featuring a map of his hometown of Iglulik, photos of the sculpture in various stages, and a video interview with our Education Coordinator Alysa Procida.

Using my Android Galaxy S to scan the Bart Hanna QR code.

Linked to the Youtube video of Alysa’s interview with Bart Hanna.

QR codes are still a bit new to many Canadian museums, with lots of different institutions trying to figure out how best to handle the technology. We have used our codes as an alternative to an audio tour, but we’re still on the hunt for other technologies that can enhance a trip through our collection. In fact, last month Alysa Procida and one of our volunteers Rob Mausser headed out to San Diego for the Museums and the Web conference where they gave a presentation on our QR code project. You can read a copy of it here and get a sneak peak at some new ideas we have for the future.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss,  MIA’s Educational Assistant


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