Day 11: Utamaro the Musical

As I was the only one in the office, the day was a little slow, and I spent my time designing some new forms, blogging, and writing a couple listserv posts. The highlight of the day was going to see “Utamaro: the Musical” in front of the actual “Inventing Utamaro” exhibit. The musical itself is…

Day 10: Wikidata Conference

Following the all-staff meeting, I worked a little bit on the listserv posts and newsletter and then headed to Capital Gallery for a meeting. Ryan was out sick, so I took his place at the conference led by Andrew Lin, the Wikimedia DC rep and a professor at American University. I’m still a little unclear…

Re-Opening Weekend is Coming!

We had another all-staff meeting yesterday to discuss events happening for Re-Opening Weekend (October 14th-15th). It’s a jam-packed weekend that will be reminiscent of the Folklife Festival happening now, so if you’re in town, I highly recommend checking it out. Most activities are already planned, but a few are waiting for contracts and other confirmation…

Days 8 and 9: Gravity Falls? No, Gravity Forms

No, I’m not talking about the disappointing Disney Channel show, although they sound similar. Being an intern is all about learning new things. Not only have I read over press releases from 2009 while copying over content to the new website, but I’ve also learned a little about plugins. What is a plugin? Great question,…

Days 6 and 7: Ready Or Not, Here Comes the New Website

Go and look up asia.si.edu. Right now. Do it! You there? It looks like this: Pretty cool, right? Well, all of that is about to change. Starting today the Web department of DMT dove into transferring the content from the current F|S website to our new one, inactive at the moment. Most of it was…

Day 5: DAMS + New Projects

Today I dove right in, starting with Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). DAMS is a lot like TMS in the sense that it’s an online database, but it differs in that it revolves around the digital aspect of collections: any photo, video, or audio is stored on DAMS, and what’s nice is that it’s Smithsonian…

Looking Forward- Future Exhibitions

With the Sackler closing on July 10th, this means both the Freer and the Sackler get to completely redesign their spaces as they welcome new exhibitions. Two exciting exhibitions coming this fall are Subodh Gupta’s “Terminal” and “Devine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt”. “Terminal” is a collection of brass towers ranging from 1 to 15ft…

Day 4: TMS Training

Friday was a bit weird because both Liz and Ryan (Nina’s and my supervisors) weren’t working, so Jacob (another DMT intern) and I only came in for a 1.5hr training for The Museum System (TMS), a massive online database and catalogue that many major museums around the country use to store information about their collections….

Days 2 and 3: Asana and Zoku

My first real task at F|S was designing/updating a checklist for new F|S intern onboarding. The DMT department is a big fan of Asana, a website that allows you do create a digital checklist and assign tasks to yourself, tracking your progress as you complete steps. DMT had a couple tasks for onboarding on Asana,…

Day 1: Welcome to F|S

Tuesday, June 13th marked my first day at the Freer|Sackler as a Digital Media and Technology (DMT) intern, and what better way to get a crash course in the workings of the museum than an all-staff meeting! Highlights included meeting the Director of the museum, Julian Raby, hearing about the re-branding initiative and other updates…