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.
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.
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.