Review-The Myth of The Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate

Hello everyone!

I want to share an audiobook that I just finished that has gotten me so inspired as I continue along in building my business, Heritage UX. With “The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career you Love without Becoming a Person You Hate,” Fran Hauser has shared a refreshing look at how anyone can harness their natural personality into their career and business strategy.

In this book, Hauser explores the concept of being nice as a business skill. The text is clearly marked for an audience of women, but I think this text is essential for anyone looking for more kindness in their career. I found her perspectives on collaboration and negotiation to be insightful, and am learning useful tactics on how to reexamine my priorities. I plan to share more about applying these concepts in future posts! Stay Tuned!

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Finding Family in the Digital Era

Over the past two decades, the internet has touched every aspect of our lives, changing how we shop, learn, and even how we date. And while it represents technological progress and the promise of future innovation, it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for those interested in the past. Where genealogical researchers once had to spend untold hours poring over dusty family albums and disorganized archives, they now have seemingly limitless resources available with just the click of a computer mouse.

Sites like Ancestry.com have done much to popularize genealogy, but family researchers can also find a trove of information on their own through online census and court records and social networks that make it easy for even novice investigators to locate, organize and share their family links. Person A and Person B might have never met or even be aware of any connection to each other, but through independent research might discover a common relative.

Such happenstance was rare in the pre-digital days when someone eager to learn more about their heritage might have spent months or years researching a family history that stopped cold within a few generations because they couldn’t access archives and records in another state or country.

Today’s genealogy enthusiast, whether they are looking for information about their own family or that of a historical figure, is no longer bound by the limitations of archive hours and access restrictions, or the logistical inconvenience (or impossibility) of traveling to another region on a blind hunt for records that might not even exist.

Another benefit of changing genealogical research is that digitizing records aids preservation and storage efforts. Although nothing can replace holding a centuries-old family Bible or touching the ship record upon which an emigrating ancestor wrote their name, online documentation allows these priceless relics to be moved into safe, controlled storage and ensures that both they and their digital representations will be available for future generations’ study as well.

As heirlooms are handled over and over again, especially paper-based examples, they undergo more rapid deterioration than they otherwise would. Writing can become faded and illegible. Crucial details can be lost. Worst of all, irreplaceable family records can be misplaced or destroyed, creating gaps in the historical record that might never be filled.

Scans and photographs, meanwhile, can be copied repeatedly (though with a certain amount of pixel degradation, of course) and stored in multiple locations at once so that the record is never permanently lost. Researchers aren’t required to handle fragile documents multiple times or keep physical copies for themselves. Archivists and those tasked with preserving the piece are saved the worry of frequent and damaging contact, and researchers can easily organize digital records and take them wherever their tablet, laptop or other devices can travel.

Purists argue that online collections take the fun out of genealogical research, and to a certain extent, that’s true. No historian would ever argue that scrolling through a website database is as satisfying as flipping through the pages of a family album that’s been passed down for generations. Conversely, putting together an accurate, detailed family history is quicker and easier than ever, proving that new technology can help us engage with the past while simultaneously embracing the future.

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Upgrade your Museum for the Latest Experience: Accessibility and Online Presence for an Improved Museum Visitor Experience

The Charleston Museum was the first museum in the U.S., opening in 1824. Since the 19th Century, museums have advanced in archival, storage and exhibition techniques. Yet the experience many museums offer to visitors can feel outdated–especially in an age of ever-expanding digital technology.

How Visitors Experience Museums

The museum experience is extremely important to visitors. When visitors walk away from a museum, that experience will shape their opinion of every other museum. If a visitor leaves a museum feeling uninspired and “bored” by the experience, he or she is unlikely to want to visit another museum anytime soon.

In a world of digital technology, our society is now used to a guided journey of storytelling. Gone are the days when we feel compelled to suffer through an arduous experience in the names of art or history. Thirty-seven percent of art museum visitors don’t even consider their visit as a “cultural experience” according to Artsy.

Augmented Accessibility

As travel is becoming less expensive and more accessible, museums are experiencing overcrowding–especially in front of certain works of art. Just try to visit the “Mona Lisa” in the Louvre in Paris.

When you’re fighting with a crowd of over 100 people to get a glimpse of the art, you’re not experiencing the art in real life at all. In fact, you have a better chance of getting a photo of the “Mona Lisa” on your smartphone than you do getting up close and personal with it.

The other problem with museums is that there are thousands of them all over the world. It’s virtually impossible to visit all these institutions.

Travel may be less expensive and more accessible for most visitors, but that hasn’t been the case for all potential visitors. Physical and economic constraints can prevent some from visiting at all. Mobility can, at the very least, make accessing certain exhibits difficult–or for some, impossible.

The Importance of Online Presence

Museums, archeologists, and other heritage professionals can improve their online presence to make their information more accessible to those who cannot visit. They can also use technology and social media to enhance their exhibits, making history come to life and helping to engage visitors on a more meaningful level.

Art museums, such as the Louvre, the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have created online galleries for those who cannot visit exhibits in person. Scholastic offers an interactive virtual field trip of Ellis Island. Not only does the virtual field trip offer a similar experience to a visit to Ellis Island, but the information on Scholastic’s site is delivered much more palatable than it is in the museum.

The Digital Era: Technological Advances in Museum Studies

Digital technologies have not only changed how visitors experience history, but they have also changed the way historians, archeologists and museum professionals conduct research.

Archeologists can now use digital imaging software to create a clear picture of what animals and entire towns may have looked like hundreds–or even thousands–of years ago. Optical technology can offer professionals more accurate dating than carbon dating. X-rays have been allowing archaeologists to see below the earth’s surface for nearly a decade, saving time, money and resources.

The implementation of technology-aided exhibits, online user experience, and digital research techniques is taking over the museum and archeology industries at a rapid rate. How has technology recently enhanced your institution or your museum experiences?

 

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