Monday, February 28, 2011

February 2011 Update

Database Renewal
Three museum databases have been moved over to the new CollectiveAccess system.  We have server space with iWeb, the Montreal-based company which also hosts the National Film Board archives,so we are confident that this arrangement will work out well.
The image migration deadline has now passed and that means we're gearing up for migration of more database files.  The migration order is pretty set so if you haven't sent in your survey results on database functionality, it's now or never. 

Alexandra has been conducting beta-testing and helping Seth with the final customization work.  She has also been working on a user manual and instructional videos. 

QR Codes
Codes have been launched at the Museum of Natural History and we have gotten a small amount of press over the initiative.  French CBC news interviewed Jeff Gray and I about the project and we've seen two online articles about it as well.  In less than 4 weeks we've had 350 hits (views).  The Admiral Digby Museum will be launching their codes for March Break.  
Josh is working on all the final details of this project to wrap everything up by March 18th.  The last promotional posters and packages are being mailed out today, which means QR Codes are gradually being installed around the province. 
The how-to guide is still in draft form but is shaping up nicely.  A copy has been sent to CHIN for feedback, and Alexandra and Josh have also been seeking input from experts on specific areas of the guide, such as working with audio or video files.  I am hoping to have this all wrapped up and approved by CHIN by the end of the week.

We will be having a session on QR Codes at our spring conference in Tatamagouche, so if you didn't participate in the pilot project or just want to hear more about this work, this is your opportunity.

Upcoming Workshop & Conference
As you've heard through the ANSM Beacon newsletter and our recent mailout, we'll be having a workshop in Yarmouth on March 24th from 10am-4pm.  Stephanie Smith will be leading the discussion on how everyone, not just Nova Scotia Museum sites, can use the interpretive master plan to improve their museum practices.  More information can be found on our website and/or Facebook fanpage.  Click here to download the registration form.

Our annual conference is also approaching, April 28-30th.  Registration will be open soon, so for now mark your calendars.  Creamery Square in Tatamagouche will be hosting, and as the final details get hammered out we're getting more and more excited about it.  This is an event you won't want to miss.

Speaking of Facebook, we now have 89 fans.  Our goal with social media is to share resources, news, events, and other professional development opportunities with our members and online community.  Feel free to check it out.  We'd love for you to become a fan, but you can access all of the information without a Facebook account.

Annual Renewals
To date we've received 22 renewal contracts and cheques.  Please keep in mind that in order to migrate your data we require a contract and payment, so these need to be sent in right away.

Blog Archive
I've been trying to blog more often, and have somehow been managing a new post every week.  So just in case you missed them, feel free to check out the following posts from the past month:

Central Regional Group Meeting - covers the meeting at MNH & QR codes launch
Photographing Artifacts - tips on capturing good artifact photos

New Agent of Deterioration - an introduction to dissociation and how your museum can minimize the risks

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