Over the past year, I’ve been working as a Mellon grant-funded intern for the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) as part of a web archiving team based out of the three museums. Working at the Frick Art Reference Library has been a delight, and it has nurtured my interest in the evolving nature of research and collection accessibility in general.
As part of a collaboration between Pratt Institute and the Asia Society Museum in Manhattan, I served as both a researcher and information experience designer in a semester-long research and design project aimed at helping the Asia Society Museum better engage with college-aged adults.
Dust, Dialogue, and Uncertainty: Slow Knowledge in Design Thinking and Practice is a collaboration by Pratt Institute and slowLab, a design research group from the Netherlands. The exhibition demonstrates how “slow knowledge” can bring holistic, reflective, and critical perspectives to design thinking and practice in support of more balanced and inclusive forms of living. Curated by Carolyn Strauss and Ana Paula Pais of slowLab, the exhibition features artists and designers who have applied slow design principles in their work and includes projects by Graduate Communications Design and Graduate Interior Design students.
This paper offers an in-depth look at current issues and challenges faced by libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions, including current trends in metadata harvesting, public access, and institutional interoperability to develop a deep understanding of the current practice and way forward for cultural heritage information access.