Friday, September 17, 2010

New Faces

I mentioned in August's update that we were successful in our funding application to test out QR codes as interpretive tools in Nova Scotia's museums.  We've found 12 museums of all shapes, sizes, and locations to be our guinea pigs, and although the contract staff just started, they're already hard at work.

Stuart Mackenzie is our QR Code guru.  He has an IT consulting company and recently did a QR code project at the Video Difference store in Halifax to enhance the customer experience of renting movies.  He comes from a print/marketing background and while he hasn't worked with museums in the past, is very excited about the potential for QR codes to enhance on-site interpretation in exciting and economical ways.  Stuart is apparently camera-shy. 

Alexandra Montgomery is one of our Museum Media Technicians, aka a Young Canada Works intern.  She graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in history in May. She has previously worked summers at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm and the Old Burying Ground and hopes to pursue a career in heritage. She has a lifelong love of museums and is incredibly excited to be working on this project.

Josh Horner  is our other Museum Media Technician, also funded through Young Canada Works.  A graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College, he is a young creative excited about the interpretive renewal of Nova Scotia's museums. Graphic designer by trade he hopes to lend his skills to the community integrating new technologies and ensuring quality, style and substance.

Right now the team are working on video interviews from the Admiral Digby Museum.  This is a project that Sheryl did a few years ago, but by re-purposing the video files we can make the exhibits a bit more personalized.  The interviewees reminisce about how life used to be in Digby County, talking about everything from Mi'Kmaq basket makers to wearing underwear made from flour bags.

We'll be posting regular updates on this project over the fall/winter, so stay tuned for more info, and for some qr codes to appear.

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