The ongoing Distributed Museum project seeks a graduate research assistant with skills and experience in researching and writing content for museum exhibitions and/or web pages, mobile applications and add-ons that involve museum-like interpretation. The RA is also expected to compile information and work with other team members (faculty and graduate students) to create graphic/visual devices for the online shell. Abilities to navigate and organize archival information, write for mixed audiences, fit new text into an existing framework, and communicate well within the team are essential. Understanding of the principles of museum interpretation, hybrid virtual-physical museum formats, and web applications is preferred.
The UIUC Engineering and Technology Innovations Distributed Museum is a hybrid museum consisting of both locations and artifacts on campus, and virtual content (text, images, audio, maps). It is organized as a website that presents numerous stories of innovation at the University of Illinois, and ties these stories to particular times, places, artifacts and distributed content. The Distributed Museum shell creates “exhibits” accessible via physical tours as well as online. Past project work involved developing templates and prototypes of the website, identifying and creating content for the “exhibits,” and evaluating limitations of the design. Current project work focuses on increasing the topics/content covered by the museum and building additional website components that present innovation stories in visually more interesting and effective ways.