On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 curators from around the world will be answering questions from the public via Twitter for Ask a Curator Day. And our own OHS curators will be joining in on the fun!
How does it work?
By using the hashtag #AskaCurator. The public can ask questions to specific museums by using the museum’s Twitter handle in the tweet (So, if you are asking us a question you will use our handle @OhioHistory and the hashtag #AskaCurator).
Why not. As stated on the official Ask a Curator Day website, “Museums and galleries not only house fascinating collections, they are also the home to leading experts who love to share their passion for art, history and science.” It’s that simple.
People are encouraged to ask anything related to museums, collections, professional standards and training, or anything else that curators might be able to answer. Examples are:
General: Why did you become a curator? What did you study in school?
Practice: Why do curators wear gloves? Why can’t I take photos?
Collection: What is the largest piece in your collection? What is the most controversial piece in your collection?
Personal: Have you ever been grossed out by an object in your collection? What is your favorite piece?
Specialized: Can you tell how many times a musket has been fired? Why are the frames of “masterpieces” so detailed?
A huge “thank you” goes to our curatorial staff who have agreed to take time out of their busy schedules to participate tomorrow. Answering questions in 140 characters or less can be fun (and a bit of a challenge) and some questions may require a quick bit of research. The goal of Ask a Curator Day is not to overwhelm our curators; the goal is to connect our in-house experts with an interested public…digitally and differently than they may have before.
Who will be answering your questions?
Matt Benz – Historical manuscripts; business and organizational records
Cliff Eckle – Currency, fire arms, flags, military collections and political memorabilia
Bob Glotzhober – Natural history; native Ohio plants and animals
Brad Lepper – Ohio archaeology
Cameron Wood – Aircraft, automobiles, technology, tools and mid to late 20th century materials
Lisa Wood – Historic film and photography
Please feel free to participate and invite your friends and family to join in! To learn more about Ask a Curator Day, or to view a listing of participating institutions that you can tweet to, visit the project website at http://www.askacuratorday.com/.
Looking for more information about Twitter and how it works? Here’s a useful introduction to get you started: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social-networking/networks/twitter1.htm