I just returned from the American Association of Museums Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Our session, “Bridging the ALM Divide: An Integrated Archive-Library-Museum Approach for Hybrid Institutions”, highlighted an important project the Magnes is currently working on. The Magnes has a large collection of objects in the museum, a significant amount of documentary materials in the archives, and a significant holding of thousands of rare books and manuscripts. Over the years, these materials have not been cataloged consistently, nor has it been at all easy for researchers to discover related materials across the whole institution. In response to this problem, we decided to adopt a new type of collection management system to help us catalog materials in one centralized database, but according to the professional standards museum, archive, and library materials require.
For living men, the units of time always have a value, which increases in ratio to the strength of the internal resources of the person living through them; but for us, hours, days, months spilled out sluggishly from the future into the past, always too slowly, a valueless and superfluous material, of which we sought [...]
We all gathered in the large and dimly lit auditorium at Harold Way, which really added to the ambiance and theme for the evening. At one point the animation was synced up to the WINDOWS, which gave me the goosebumps, and stopped my colleague and I in our tracks, and we couldn’t help but stare. Similar to what I believe a real sighting might feel like. Afterward, Michael Caplan came up to me and admitted how powerful the evening was…I suspect Ghosts gave us all the goosebumps.