Days 25 and 26: SoundCloud

Another task Ryan had for me involved the Freer|Sackler’s presence on SoundCloud. Most of you are probably familiar with the site, but for those of you that aren’t, it’s a platform where you can upload and distribute audio, as well as record and promote music and podcasts. F|S has a podcast channel on the site: https://soundcloud.com/freersackler…

Day 24: User Testing and Dry Run

Remember that Wayfinding project I helped out with in the Freer a few weeks ago? Today Nina and I helped Dani out again, this time with user testing for the audio guide on the app Dani’s creating. This involved going into our only open exhibition, Turquoise Mountain, and asking visitors if they’d be willing to…

Day 23: Folger Shakespeare Library

Today is going to be a bit of a fangirl post, so feel free to click away if Shakespeare, old books, and Elizabethan England aren’t your thing. Thanks to Melda’s connections from the IIIF conference in June, the entire DMT department got to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library for a private tour and a demonstration with…

Day 22: Preparing to Launch

After another conference call with Chris, we had more information about the dry-run week of our Snapchat and Instagram stories. Today, I created fake accounts (shhhhh!) on Snapchat and Instagram for our fake week of content. Only a few staff members will have access to these accounts so we can get feedback on what works…

Days 20 and 21: A Bit of Everything

Wednesday and Thursday I bounced around between projects. Wednesday I did some more editing on the Snapchat/IG storyboards that Chris had commented on, tweaking them so they can hopefully be added to a master calendar of the stories. Next, I moved on to a project I’d worked on over the weekend- creating social media posts…

Day 19: WordCamp DC

Friday was a change of pace from the usual office schedule. Instead of heading into work, I headed to Carnegie Library in Mt Vernon Square for my first-ever conference, WordCamp DC. The conference was packed with developers, users, professionals, and other people from all walks of life. WordCamp, a conference about all-things WordPress, has been…

Days 16, 17, and 18: Let’s Storyboard

After another conference call, the DMT interns had a better idea of where to start planning Snapchat and Instagram stories as well as the Bento blog. The Bento blog is the F|S blog, and we’re hoping to revamp it by having the interns writing for it more. The goal is to have every intern write…

Day 15: Smithsonian Staff Picnic

Happy Monday! It was a hot day for a picnic, but the Mall was flooded with Smithsonian employees eating and picking up free cups. First stop was the Segway rides in front of the Freer. Real Segway tours run around the Mall from American History, but employees and interns alike got to learn the basics…

Day 14: Wayfinding

Today I got to head into the Freer Gallery, which is still until construction. Nina and I went with Dani, another contractor, who is in charge of creating the audio guide that visitors can listen to as they go through the gallery. It’s a work in progress, but there are several “tours” the audio takes…

Days 12 and 13: Social Media Mania

We’re still going strong with the website transfer, but hopefully I’ll be getting a new project soon! I got to join a conference call with Chris Breene, F|S’s social media contractor to discuss doing more with Snapchat, Instagram stories, and our Bento blog. DMT wants the interns to really take the lead and be in…