I have been working as curator of contemporary art for the last 12 years. Three years ago, I decided to return to school to earn a MLIS degree. My thought was to have a “back-up” plan of working as a librarian as I watched employment opportunities dry up in the museum and gallery world. Far more than a back up, the training has greatly augmented and enhanced my work as an art advisor and curator. The entire program was conducted on-pine,; therefore I learned the course material in tandum with technological tools used by the university. This exposure to new technologies has provided me with options that I had never considered before entering the degree program. I am now creating blogs to support special exhibitions and their ancillary educational programs, building databases for private collectors that are designed in accordance with Getty Research Institute metadata standards for art objects, and exploring the possibilities of designing mobile device applications that make cataloging objects easier for small institution and private art collectors.
I currently spend a great deal of time traveling to clients to manage and appraise their collections. After a series of bad airline flights and endless airport security “theater”, I hope over the next year is to minimize my travel by developing new and improved methods of collection management using the new tools being developed now in today’s market place. One of my goals is to bring newly developed museum metadata standards to private collectors. As art objects move from private hands to major cultural institutions, the respective metadata will migrate seamlessly into the larger database systems.
In my mind, being Future Ready means keeping abreast of the latest developments in technology while engaging creative thinking as to how these new tools and systems can augment what I do as an arts professional. I am more excited now that I was five years ago about the opportunities that are presenting themselves as I approach my career from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is in the intersection of these disparate disciplines where the excitement and hope for the future begins.