3 Way Museum Visitors Are Consumers of the Past

The museum of a generation ago is changing. While you may remember a passive museum experience, where you quietly browsed the galleries while learning as much as you could from an expert, the museum of today offers an active experience that has turned visitors from passive consumers of information to active consumers of the past. [...]

See History Up Close Without Ever Leaving the House

As a history lover, I was thrilled to learn that many museums now offer virtual tours for some of their most prized treasures. Now, I could explore history like never before, right from the comfort of my home. I wanted to find out for myself if a virtual tour could be as informing and entertaining [...]

Augmented Reality Enhancing Museum Exhibits Across the Globe

You may remember the release and subsequent popularity of the Pokemon Go up that sparked a widespread interest in the use of augmented reality (AR) to enhance the user experience. One place that Augmented reality is really taking off is in museum exhibits, not just in the United States but throughout the world. This increase [...]

Digitizing the Heritage Experience

The concept of design thinking, taking into account how users interact with and experience a website or product in order to design a responsive experience, has become standard in the digital world. However, the concept of user experience is not a new concept, nor is it exclusive to sectors such as technology, design, and e-commerce. [...]

Armbrecht, J. (2014) Use value of cultural experiences: A comparison of contingent valuation and travel cost (Summary)

In this study, Armbrecht compares Customer valuation method (CVM) and Travel Cost method (TCM) to study which better assesses use value for cultural institutions. The author compared a concert hall and a museum. This was done because different institutions have different reasons for being built and for being visited. I find this to be a [...]

An Annotated Bibliography of Qualitative Research and Analysis Methods

Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice in the History of Anthropological Theory. American Ethnologist, 40(1). Ahearn studied keywords and titles that she generated from the keywords and title of articles from the American Ethnologist journal. The samples chosen were the years 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012. On discussing the survey results, Ahearn argues [...]

Bourke, B. (2010). Experiences of black students in multiple cultural spaces at a predominantly white institution (Summary)

In this article, Bourke discusses how literature reflects experiences of Black students in cultural spaces. They begin by identifying three forms of examining diversity pulled from literature. These forms are structural diversity, diversity-related Initiatives, and diverse interactions. The study for this article employed five focus groups for data collection. They describe their process in detail, [...]

Liminal Workspace in the Middle Range

Theory is a tricky concept. It is also a tricky word. A very tricky process. To attempt a discussion on theory is to commit yourself to hours of back-and-forth between definitions and ideas, fully knowing there will be no resolution. So why attempt a discourse on theory? Roy Ellen remarks that the different forms of [...]

Lucille Vinyard Digitized Collection

A collaboration of Humboldt State Library Scholar Interns to curate and digitize items from the Lucille Vinyard Collection. The online collection features five exhibits relating to the activism and personal life of Lucille Vinyard. You can view the digitized collection online at Vinyard.omeka.net

Exhibit- Lucille Vinyard Collection: Activism and Research to Create Positive Change in the World