Sunday, March 9, 2014

Introducing "The Wider World"

In September, I started school at Tufts University for my M.A. in History and Museum Studies. It has been wonderful to finally be back in school, and I love the community there. One of the small ways I'm contributing to that community is my monthly column on the Tufts Museum Studies blog, "The Wider World.

I use it as a platform to explore what it means to strive to make museums accessible and inclusive while being a museum studies student. As museum lovers in a museum studies program, we are in a bubble of people who do find most museums accessible to us and who feel included at most museums. It's great to be surrounded by fellow museum geeks, but it can make it harder to understand those who don't feel this way about museums. In this column, I explore many different types of accessibility, from having no barriers to people with disabilities to not requiring prior knowledge or cultural context to understand and enjoy an exhibition. Similarly, I look at including people with diverse learning styles and from diverse backgrounds.

Learning Large Print

Archive of Diffuse 5 "Queerly Bookish" posts coming soon

Some older posts on this website currently have dead links, as they were to a Boston-based web magazine called Diffuse 5, which is now defunct. I have copies of all of the posts I wrote in my monthly blog on that site, "Queerly Bookish," but they are not all in one place, so it will be some time before I upload them all here. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Returning to Rayon

 Many months ago, I co-wrote a couple of posts with Camille Myers Breeze, director of Museum Textile Services, about the history of rayon fabric. I left Museum Textile Services last summer to start my graduate studies at Tufts, but I recently noticed that I never re-posted those last few blog entries here. In November, I had the pleasure of working with Camille again as a panelist in a round-table discussion she led at the New England Museum Association conference. I presented on our experience with e-Hive, a cloud-based collections management system. Below is the introduction to the rayon posts, and links to read for yourself.

"A surprising number of historic clothing and textile items we’ve treated at Museum Textile Services in 2013 have been made of rayon -- and we've added some rayon pieces to our study collection, such as the "reliable" rayon yarn we blogged about in April. This has prompted us to refresh our knowledge of this important fiber and take note of its special conservation needs..."

Rayon Through the Years, Part I

Rayon Through the Years, Part II