Spring 2016 Takeaways

This digital media class made it very clear that once digital projects, collections, and exhibits start, they (should) never end. There’s an immense amount of work that goes into producing and creating a digital exhibit, and one cannot go about creating something digitally without a sustainability plan. Even if you have a detailed plan, you’ve never anticipated everything. Digital exhibits (and history!) should always be considered works in progress.

As Ella, Ruby and I worked through our own digital exhibit, sometimes grand ideas were curbed by access and resource issues. There were several things we envisioned for our Omeka exhibit, but we were unable implement them due to the restrictions of Omeka.net. A lot of cool features are paid features, and if you’re a small organization with a limited project budget, the pickings are slim. Despite a few small pitfalls, our exhibit looks great. Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely wonderful that Omeka.net and WordPress have free platforms. I just wish everything was free (on Omeka, and in life).

I found many of the readings and assigned viewings to be very interesting, especially Sam Han’s Web 2.0, and Siva Vaidhyanathan’s “Copyrights and Copywrongs”. Before this semester, I didn’t have a very strong grasp on the intricacies of the world wide web vs. the internet, or copyright laws. To be honest, in terms of copyright, I’m not sure if I’ll ever understand all that needs to be understood. At least I have a starting point now, though!

I also really loved the clips that we watched of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in 1957’s Desk Set. A few days after class, I watched the whole thing from start to finish and I loved it. I’ve identified really strongly with both Bunny and Richard at various points in my life. I think each of their respective relationships with EMMERAC  are still so, so relevant now. Watching the film felt like dejavu because I felt as if I already knew exactly how it would end. Of course they’ll realize that artificial intelligence and man will work together to create the most efficient workspace!! I think the themes in Desk Set hit me so hard because I am also taking LIS classes. For the past several decades, people have questioned the need for librarians and information specialists because the of the internet. How can a librarian be helpful if you can just do a Google search?  Of course, Bunny successfully refutes this in the film, and I plan to successfully refute that idea throughout my career as well.

“How adorable, he thought he could find exactly what he was looking for only using metadata!”

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