Perian Sully

Perian Sully works in the cultural heritage field, specifically helping archives, libraries, and museums activate their collections by making them accessible to a wide range of stakeholders. She is also the Program Chair for the American Association of Museums' Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee. She graduated from the John F. Kennedy Museum Studies Museum Studies program in 2006, earning her M.A. by writing about the evolution of collection records management and technology. Perian's route to becoming a museum collections/technology professional began when she discovered that her studies in Environmental Biology just weren't for her and she traveled the world until she decided to become a 3-D game artist. Fortunately, she wasn't very good at computer-generated art either, but her undergraduate work-study jobs at the University of California, Davis slide library and Richard L. Nelson Gallery showed her that perhaps museums were just the thing. When she's not trying to save the world one collection record at a time, Perian studies historical fashion, creates elaborate clothing and costumes, and makes interestingly-flavoured chocolates using such ingredients as lavender or bacon.

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Perian's Archive for August, 2013

Submit your proposals for the AAM Annual Conference! Teachers wanted!

Hi everyone: Session proposals for the American Association of Museums’ Annual Conference in Seattle (May 18-21, 2014) are due August 26th. Get them in now! Every year, the Media & Technology Professional Network looks for people to teach detailed, often hands-on workshops called Tech Tutorials. These beginner and intermediate workshops are designed to be accessible […]

Flickr and Reflections on a Redesign

Yahoo rolled out a radical new design for Flickr this week. However, like almost every redesign of a popular product, there are howls of outrage about the changes. Since so many museums use Flickr for collections access, I’m really interested in this process and what it means for us. But the rollout of the new design also serves as a cautionary tale about community adoption of a property and what happens when the titular owner decides to make changes.

The Paper Walls of Archive, Library, and Museum Data

I’m currently attending the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, here in sunny San Diego. It’s my first SAA meeting, and I feel like I could be at Museums and the Web or the Museum Computer Network conferences. Just take a look at some of the sessions: Choose Your Own Arrangement: Using Large-scale Digitization Efforts […]

Has Social Media Changed What You Do?

A friend of mine posted this on his Facebook wall and thought it was a great question. So tossing it out to you: It’s obvious that Facebook has changed how we communicate. (We use status updates and blurbs and other people’s voices a lot more now, and it’s faster), but has it changed, in any […]

10 Failed Museum Technologies, Part I

Museums and the Web 2012 finished up yesterday, with a closing plenary called Epic fail – a forum on failure and ‘failing forwards’ with Seb Chan, Jane Finnis and Bruce Wyman. For two hours, we heard about 5 failed technology projects, discussing what didn’t work and why, and any positive outcomes. Maybe that’s why I […]

Mobile Apps for Citizen Science

One of the really cool and exciting things about the rise of the mobile platform is that, by definition, they can be used almost anywhere. This greatly impacts the scale and scope of educational opportunities for organizations looking to get their programs (literally) into the hands of a curious public. So imagine the opportunities for […]

Welcome to our newest contributor, Joaquin Ortiz

I would like to welcome our newest Musematic contributor, Joaquin Ortiz, Digital Interpretation Manager at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. In that role, Joaquin is responsible for coordinating design, development, and evaluation of digital interactive exhibits and online exhibitions. He also manages MOPA’s educational outreach programs for senior citizens. He also has a background […]

Bridging the DAMS

Ever since I’ve started in this biz, I’ve noticed a number of similarities with my major projects. Almost always they have to do with sharing and access, but the biggest theme has to do with integration and collaboration. Sometimes the “collaboration” part of that sentence is completely internal. Institutional departments can be just as siloed […]

Digital Humanities Silos and Outreach

For a few years, I’ve heard some rumblings and complaints from various quarters about feeling excluded from technology groups, digital humanities groups, and other like-minded organizations. And in the past couple of days, the topic has come up again, in a number of different discussions. It has gotten me thinking a lot about siloed outreach […]

Keep it Simple…

With technology, it’s often easy to forget that there’s a much easier way to do something than relying on the latest scripts or gadgets. This is a story of creating a gallery iPad kiosk.