Film Quest: A Not So Serious Museum Game

I’m a fan of video games- not just in my personal life, where first-person shooters are an important part of stress-relief and relationship building- but in my professional life as well. During my tenure as a Ph.D. student at Michigan State, I had the opportunity to be the project manager on a modification of CivilizationContinue reading “Film Quest: A Not So Serious Museum Game”

CTRL + ALT + DELETE: Tips and Tricks for Creating and Maintaining a Digital Identity [Presentation from Upstate Social Sessions]

Missed my talk at Upstate Social Sessions at the Eastman Museum? Attended but looking for my slides? Look no further! At Upstate Social Sessions, I presented on how to create and manage a digital identity, including how to shape your brand and what tools to use. I’ve included my pared down slides here. Why paredContinue reading “CTRL + ALT + DELETE: Tips and Tricks for Creating and Maintaining a Digital Identity [Presentation from Upstate Social Sessions]”

Broadly Applicable Lessons from Museums and the Web 2017

I’ve been in the “museums” business for almost a year now. Attending and presenting at Museums and the Web, a conference dedicated to discussing, exploring and geeking out over all things digital at museums, was just what I needed to feel more a part of this world and create a new network of amazing people.Continue reading “Broadly Applicable Lessons from Museums and the Web 2017”

#MuseumSelfie: Using the Selfie for Good

The selfie is a unique type of self-portrait, that while not limited to mobile phone based photography, has definitely increased over the last decade. On the one hand, it has been argued that the selfie is part of self-aggrandizing and narcissistic behavior. Halpern, Valenzuela and Katz (2016) found that “narcissist individuals take selfies more frequentlyContinue reading “#MuseumSelfie: Using the Selfie for Good”

A Quick Lesson on Creating & Embedding a Map into Your Website

I love maps. Maps are a great way to convey information about space, they provide an interactive visual element to websites, and they can reveal insights that traditional text can not. Adding a digital interactive map to a website can be a fantastic way to give something else to your visitors that improves their experience.Continue reading “A Quick Lesson on Creating & Embedding a Map into Your Website”

Field Trip: Rockwell Museum + Corning Museum

One of my favorite ways to get inspiration is to visit (and support) other museums and cultural institutions. Not only is it a great way to see first hand how other institutions are engaging with the public, but it also allows you to take the perspective of a visitor and see how effective the engagement is.Continue reading “Field Trip: Rockwell Museum + Corning Museum”

To Emoji or Not to Emoji: That is the Thinking Face

Emojis are hot right now… or are they? I’m not completely sure. At Upstate Social Sessions, emojis were listed by Andrew Knoblauch and Jon Alhart of Dixon Schwabl as being one of the top trends in social media (listen to it live here!). My news feed is filled with articles like “The Untapped Potential ofContinue reading “To Emoji or Not to Emoji: That is the Thinking Face”

A Quick Lesson on Capturing and Displaying Tweets

If you’ve been following #MuseumNext, you may have seen the fantastic interactive of Twitter conversations created by Andrea Ledesma. During #UpstateSocial16, I shared a circular dendrogram that showed the location of individuals who were using the conference’s hashtag. What these both have in common, is that they are using TAGS 6.1 to capture tweets. TAGS 6.1Continue reading “A Quick Lesson on Capturing and Displaying Tweets”

Upstate Social Sessions, or how I learned to stop worrying and take a risk

Upstate Social Sessions is a yearly meeting of social media mavens, local influencers, budding bloggers, and people from across the spectrum of social media use and knowledge from the Rochester region in New York. What I really liked about the Upstate Social Sessions was that it was primarily based around conversations between speakers and theContinue reading “Upstate Social Sessions, or how I learned to stop worrying and take a risk”