I have a few favourite blogs that I like to keep an eye on. I wanted to share some the blogs that have a particular relevance to the Australian collections sector.
I’ll start with the ones that help me keep my professional antennae tuned to what is going on with the collections sector and digital technologies. Seb Chan from the Powerhouse Museum’s fresh and new(er) blog is essential reading. For a UK perspective I check in with Mia Ridge’s musings on Open Objects, and from the wonderful world of libraries, there is what is described as “blog central for Australian libraries”, Libraries Interact.
There are lots of organisations producing excellent audience engagement blogs, and I think this trend will continue to gather momentum. Some of the ones I have enjoyed over the past year or so include; Linda Barraclough’s Old Gippstown Cataloguers which is a great example of volunteer organisation communicating and documenting their work through blogging, From the Loft which tells the stories behind the photographs at the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney, and the Australian War Memorial’s fascinating collection related blog. The team at the Sydney Observatory do a great job with regular posts about astronomy, while the Town Hall Gallery in Melbourne use their blog to publicise and promote all their events and activities.
For a roundup of all the blogs from the Museums around the world, take a look at Museum Blogs.