Monday, August 30, 2010

August 2010 Update

Fort Point Lighthouse Museum, LaHave
As with July, August got away from me and I wasn’t able to update the blog on a regular basis.  As site visits finish up I’ll be able to post more frequently and regale you all with office adventures until the next road trip.  Until then, I hope you enjoy a sampling of photos from my travels.

QR Code Funding
As I mentioned in the July update, we are no longer eligible for enrichment project funding from CHIN.  So instead, we asked for funding to test the feasibility of using QR codes in museums to enhance interpretation.  We have just received word that this application was successful.  Since this is new territory for us, we will only be working with around 10 sites who have agreed to be our guinea pigs.  The primary outcome of the project is to create a how-to guide for using QR codes in museums, so once we’ve figured it out any other interested groups can use the guide to do their own QR code project.  Click here to learn more.

Site Visits
I spent most of August traveling the province, visiting a total of 22 museums.  As site visits wind down for the season, I want to thank everyone for their hospitality and valuable insight into how Passage should move forward in the coming months and years.  
Port Royal (The Habitation), Lower Granville

Artefacts Canada Tally
It’s been a few months since I included an AC tally in my monthly update, and since I know people have been updating their online records before the end of the season, it seems like the perfect time to check in.  At last count we had 153,993 records online, and over the summer another 2,026 records were added, giving us a new grand total of 156,019.

Shelburne County Museum and Dory Shop Museum
Here are the new regional stats:
Southwest: 69,348
Central: 39,582
Northeast: 25,687
Cape Breton: 21,402

Congratulations to the Northeast Region for uploading the most records over the summer months.

Blog Poll
Over the coming months ANSM will be investigating distance education options to provide more learning opportunities to our members.  Please make sure you vote in the poll to let us know what you think about online learning.  
Moose River Gold Mines Museum