Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Science Museum tours on twitter.

This came to my attention because I follow Medium, and read this article about Museum tours on twitter by Will Stanley.  It is a good idea to read the article before reading this post.

The Storify is beautifully done, because it records the twitter tour and it bring the comments about it to the stream as well, highlighting the conversation.  I like the use of the Science Museum twitter account, and that the curator being identified as leading the tour.  This is lovely.  This could be done for so many local studies events and location.  Imagine tweeting a walking tour, so that someone could do the tour by following the tweets or be able to able to see the tour without being there.  It would be great to highlight collection items, the way the Science Museum has. It would also work well for local festival (to help record them for local studies).

Have a look at more of the use of Storify from the Science Museum.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Staff can help...

I saw this in the Waterstones Bookshop at Sydney

Staff can help, referral sign at Watermark Bookshop, domestic terminal, Sydney
You could see staff in the shop helping people, but this seemed another way to let people know that they could ask for staff assistance.

They also make it easy to connect with them on facebook.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mini Maker Faire and a few other things at the Powerhouse Museum 16 August 2014

You can follow other OpenRov devices as well for example, the one in this photograph is @rov1081
OpenRov
 This was part of the Mini Maker Faire which is at the Powerhouse Museum this weekend.

I had been to maker fairs before, they just have had many different names.  This one was a lot of fun because of the diversity of makers.

The Embroiders Guild was present encouraging people to add to a collaborative piece of embroidery, and to have a go.

Embroiders Guild
Lace makers were in the Lace Centre showing needle and bobbin lace methods. Lace making
You could have a try at bobbin lace, which was was soothingly mathematical.

The fablab was going apace with the Hack the collection items being printed. The museum objects were in their cases, and their new partners were being printed.  You can read about it here, and access the museum files here.

Hack the collection
And of course there were drones
 
I enjoyed seeing the range of makers, and being able to talk with the people behind the ideas. This was fun. People were generous and enthusiastic.  I liked the broad interpretation of maker, which is appropriate.  There are many exciting ways libraries can connect with the makers in their community.